The Rebirth of Phenomenal Me: Learning to Listen to My Body

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” —Lao Tzu Shoes off, bare feet, draw them clean across the rug at the door. Step one foot over the threshold, and the other to meet it. I am entering sacred space. Where sole meets soul. I find my place, lay […]

On Aging and Beauty

The morning blooms pale and pink, warm and thick. I am suddenly older. I roll over. A small body has found his way to my sheets. I stare at the curve of his nose, the way his hair wants to bend, his dewy lips. I never expected middle age to feel so much like revolution […]

The Territory of Women’s Bodies

By Trisha Baptie | Twitter: @trisha_baptie When I hear the word “territories,” I immediately think of the land, of earth. I think of the indigenous peoples of this land called Canada and how it was stolen from them and then divided as if a commodity and not a sacred life force. How Indian agents kept […]

Learning to Be a Desert

Growing up, I felt most at home in the desert. In our neighborhood in the foothills of Tucson, there were undeveloped tracts of Sonoran Desert around each house. I viewed all that land as my backyard and became as familiar with its thorny inhabitants as I was familiar with my bookshelves. There was the hook-headed […]

A Great Variety of Black Hair Journeys

By Patrice Gopo | Instagram : @patricegopo | Twitter: @patricegopo The process takes hours, but in the beginning my daughter sits in the office chair, and I stand behind her. Next to us is a wooden tray table with a towel spread over top. We populate the tray table with the implements and tools we need. A […]