1. I will write and post a poem for each of the first seven prompts I get as answers to this post (within reason) and dedicate them to the people who suggested them, tags included

    What do you want me to write a poem about?

  2. Did the thing. Submissions out into the ether. 

    Why do I feel so tense all of a sudden? 


  3. Before I tell my side of the story, let’s get the technicalities out of the way, as usual: 

    Trinidad-born award-winning British author Monique Roffey guest-wrote a blog post for Waterstones entitled ‘The new wave of Caribbean writers’, discussing what she saw as the trends of work within the region by the literary creatives of the space. 

    Within the next week, her post was already being critically dissected. St. Lucian poet Vladimir Lucien had this to say in a blog post:

    The article on the blog is striking in its presumption and how gapingly ahistorical it is[…] Why this is troubling, is because Roffey of late has emerged in Britain as a kind of spokesperson, an ex-pat ex-pert[…] on Caribbean literature; someone who is discovering something that didn’t exist before, or existed in a much less refined state.

    Also, Rhoda Bharath:

    Despite having achieved independence throughout the region (for the most part), spearheading revolutions and overthrowing dictatorial regimes, we just can’t be left alone to wade through our issues and develop our space without the added ingredients of judgmental first world comparisons that don’t take into consideration contextual issues, and worse, the role of their influence in our shortcomings.

    Since then, Lucien has been having ardent conversation about the issue on social media, in particular about what makes a writer truly Caribbean.

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  4. So I want to get back into doing Impractical Magic here, but there isn’t an MtG-Helper-esque solution for card titles for Tumblr, is there? 

    So maybe I’ll move that series to a Wordpress. Which is a shame - I don’t like moving things from Tumblr in search of more robust tools elsewhere.
    But I need to play more often, so I don’t know when that’ll happen.

  5. So what I want to know is how I’m supposed to locally draft an html poem for online magazine submission… 

    Hypertextual Surrealist Literary Problems™.

  6. Reasons why I need to save everything I may have to attend on a calendar: 

    • So I don’t forget that I made a commitment, even if just to myself, that I’d go or try to go.
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  7. arrivalattempts:


    Charging up to do a handwritten-poetry giveaway in mid-August maybe?

    How could I get in on this action, oh brother of mine?

    I’d love to turn it into, like, a small package of some sort, in which case maybe I’ll give you something, 
    but then it’d have to have something other than just poetry, yuh feel me? 

    Like, a piece of art or something? (coughcoughYouKnowWhoYouArecoughcough) 

    but we shall see how it goes, if it goes at all.

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  8. Charging up to do a handwritten-poetry giveaway in mid-August maybe?

  9. Who say work hard to edit work and start dropping them in magazines and praying?

  10. A 24-year-old conflict finally comes to its deservéd conclusion. 

    Thank you, arrivalattempts. It’s been a long time comin’, but I am glad you owned up.

  11. So I was just like, “I need to stop being a wuss and colour my hair one of these days”, 

    and then I was like, 
    "… but yuh doh have any, yuh just get a haircut three days ago…"

  12. Random idea: 

    I already know my protagonist is prone to drop his code-switching etiquette and slip into dialect when he’s flustered. 
    That should probably also happen in his head - I’m presently writing a scene where, in response to being disrespected by a minor character, his narration drops into Trini vernacular English almost immediately. 

    So maybe that’s a thing. 

    Also, guess who’s behind on his word count?

  13. So I was having a hard time getting words out today, 

    and then Renisha McBride made the news (or rather, the lack of discussions of Renisha McBride making the news materialized in my newsfeed). 

    I’ve been discussing for a while whether the way this story was shaping up left gaping holes with regard to how we should discuss race-related tragedy compared to how we do discuss it.

    One of the symbols for the novel, in fact - the victim’s name, and names in general - is what I thought I’d use to unravel that point; by asking the protagonist to challenge the idea of the worth of calling the dead by their names, ask what names mean (i.e. why parents often name their children after great people of the past), and consciously discover the value of calling names instead of descriptors for humanity’s sake, I want him to grow into the way that identity is affected by race both before and beyond the grave. 

    But the victim’s name also affects the name of the activism around it. His name becomes the name of, and the banner above, the entire struggle for justice regarding racial violence in this space. And I wanted that to get thoughts flowing about whether other people’s names, identities, and stories can get eclipsed by the movement’s need to have a unifying banner in the first place. 

    In short, whether saying Justice For Trayvon is part of what puts justice for Renisha McBride on the back burner. 

    In the link above, Brittney Cooper does mention that part of what dwindles the coverage of violence against women of colour is the narrative of laying young black men low in the prime of their life, and that’s worth exploring - how the lenses through which we observe racial violence works against women of colour when their time for justice is due.

    So the fact that this is an important train of thought is reinforcing the notion that this first draft is probably garbage, but I owe it to myself to get it done. It may not be the best story of its kind in the world, but I’m determined to tell it.



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