Jun 27, 2008

Warm my Bones (it's been a while)

there's nothing like desert air to soothe you through and through.
and i've needed it more than I even knew.
sin city or not,
it's giving me what i need at this moment.

there are also two particular artists that have been warming my bones.
facemeltheat of a different nature. And just as intense.
i've also needed this more than I knew.

Jose James and Coultrain

Enough with the cold.
I'm bringing the heat back into my life.

Jun 19, 2008

On Turning 30

alhamdulillah for all the blessings,
all the lessons learned,
all the love,
and being open to life.

the 30's are going to feel like Chaka's music!
and that's a promise to myself.

Jun 4, 2008

Poets For Palestine

This is the first anthology to bring together poetry, hip hop, spoken word, and art to pay tribute to Palestine; included are: Mahmoud Darwish, Amiri Baraka, Suheir Hammad, Patricia Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye, D. H. Melhem, Nathalie Handal, Lisa Suhair Majaj, E. Ethelbert Miller, Tahani Salah, Ragtop from the Philistines, the N.O.M.A.D.S., Fawzia Afzal Khan, Annemarie Jacir, Ibtisam Barakat, Kathy Engel, Junichi P. Semitsu, and more.

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the dispossession of the Palestinian people, this collection presents 48 poems and includes 31 powerful images created by Palestinian artists. As important, this anthology features an array of ethnically diverse voices who use their words to elevate the consciousness of humanity.

All proceeds from the book will go toward funding future cultural projects that highlight Arab artistry in the US. Visit the website for excerpts, sample art, and to pre-order a copy.
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