As a poet, I feel a deep sense of responsibility for those who interact with my words.
I found it imperative to highlight these women and #SayHerName because the first version of Janelle Monae’s tribute to #BlackLivesMatter failed to recognize them. Thankfully, my sentiments were not solitary. Someone spoke up. Vita E responded in kind to the erasure of trans black women. Thank you Vita E!
In honor of these women here is Never Ending Story:
We keep our pieces
Like coin: shiny bubblegum
Pop cornerstore after thought.
Jaywalk at midnight follow
The light because salvation
Has always been simple.
When someone calls your name, they call out your ____________-ness, so it is important to call out
Yazmin Vash Payne
Taja Gabrielle DeJesus
Kristina Grant Infiniti
… … … … Never Forget.
Chapters 1 – 2015:
Boulette: nothing but dump –ling on saturated
You can purchase this and other poems, for $10 (paper copy) $5 (electronic), in my latest Chapbook #Portland: