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In Memory of Ntozake Shange

somebody/ anybody sing a black girl's song bring her out to know herself to know you but sing her rhythms carin/ struggle/ hard times sing her song of life she's been dead so long closed in silence so long she doesn't know the sound of her own voice her infinite beauty she's half-notes scattered without rhythm/ no tune sing her sighs sing the song of her possibilities sing a righteous gospel let her be born let her be born & handled warmly.

A trip to way back yonder antique shop

At the end of this summer, I visited the very magical Way Back Yonder Antique Shop in downtown Portsmouth, Virginia. It was quite the dream. Read about my trip to one of my new favorite places in Virigina …

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