Open Letter to Suicide

belle ame's reverie

Dear Suicide,

You really seem like all I’ve got left right.

Every minute brings me closer to you. Because I just can’t hold on to this thing that’s supposed to be a life.

I’ve fought your call, I swear I have. But it seems there’s no saving me from you.

Perhaps you’re all I’ve got left.

I fear for the pain I’ll feel, even more for the pain I’ll cause.

I’m sure someone out there loves me. Is that love enough to save me from you?

I should get some help, but it seems the only way is to fall into your embrace.

Maybe you’re the only place I can ever find peace.

With you at least, all the thinking will stop.

There’ll be no need to worry, about tomorrow, or going outside. The dark thoughts will have no place to live with blown out brains.

The heartache, no place…

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Misogynoir: what’s really destroying the Black community


This is a little (actually long) something that I had written for a friend who is starting up a magazine. Her magazine is focused on modern Black consciousness, but relax, it’s not an ‘ashy hotep‘ type of publication. If it was, she wouldn’t have accepted my article. I didn’t think much of my work, because I couldn’t access the Internet in order to offer proper citations, and I thought she may think it was average at best.

She loved it. I was pleased to hear. I know when I write, I tend to get carried away, swear and rant, when it comes to something that grinds my gears. I did my best to remain composed, though I know even if it seemed that my sentences spanned across entire paragraphs, and I sounded volatile, my points were still valid.

The topic of this article is a kind of touchy one…

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“Writers don’t need tricks or gimmicks.”

The Daily Post

If you write for an audience — be it millions of strangers or your mom — you inevitably think about how your words appear to others. Very often, this self-consciousness results in overstuffed prose and too-clever storytelling. Here to remind us of the virtue of simplicity in writing is Raymond Carver, a master of narrative and linguistic economy:

“I hate tricks. At the first sign of a trick or gimmick in a piece of fiction, a cheap trick or even an elaborate trick, I tend to look for cover. Tricks are ultimately boring, and I get bored easily, which may go along with my not having much of an attention span. But extremely clever chi-chi writing, or just plain tomfoolery writing, puts me to sleep. Writers don’t need tricks or gimmicks or even necessarily need to be the smartest fellows on the block. At the risk of appearing foolish, a writer…

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