“Dear Self” A Poem about Body Image

  |  Topic: Atlanta Teen Voices, Atlanta Word Works, Health and Wellness, Poetry

Dear Self, When you stand in front of a mirror, your hands slide over your skin. Your fingernails never dig into your flesh, but make no mistake. You have never been gentle, and you spend this time ripping yourself apart. You pinch at your belly, and watch until the red marks of your fingers fade […]

‘African-American Freakshow’ A Poem

  |  Topic: Atlanta Word Works, Poetry, Race/Ethnicity

Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages! Welcome to the African-American Freakshow!   Where you learn my African-not-“American” name,  Ogechi And you pause… then you then you utter “Oh, it’s a beautiful name” But, your eyes tell lies and your beauty is just a white/polite way of saying bizarre, weird, odd But I forgot, this […]