DeniseJollySpoken
I wanted to tell people how I became this woman
with razor blades between her teeth
Sonia Sanchez (via denisejollyspoken)
So many wishes #latergram #oakland #dandelion #nofilter

So many wishes #latergram #oakland #dandelion #nofilter

Don’t try to win over the haters; you are not a jackass whisperer.

Brené Brown


Please stay here with us.

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buttonpoetry:

Danez Smith - “Today”

"Today I am grateful. Today the diagnosis does not own me."


Danez Smith, performing during prelims at the 2014 National Poetry Slam. Subscribe to Button on YouTube!

LOVE LOVE LOVE 

you have had love, and that means
your sternum is a divining rod

for both passion and grief. because the tongue is the body’s
strongest muscle, make it say

joy. make it say I am a factory of splendid things. make it say
the octopus is the smartest animal

in the animal kingdom, and I am an octopus.
I am an octopus.
I am happy. my survival

was not an accident, or purposeless.
Marty McConnell, “zoo,” published on Roots of She (via supreme-shieldmaiden)
hifructosemag:

Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed draws from the rich tradition of Middle Eastern carpet weaving to spin surreal creations that seem to defy physical laws — and the staticness of cultural relics. Sometimes his carpets appear to melt, their patterns dissolving into a pool of swirling colors like an oil slick, and other times they become three-dimensional, rising up in sharp spikes that defy the two-dimensional form. These are not carpets to be walked upon. Since we introduced Ahmed on the blog last May, he has created a new body of work that will debut at Cuadro Gallery in Dubai on September 14. A unique space in Dubai’s financial center, Cuadro is a non-profit gallery where Ahmed recently completed an artist residency. Take a look at some photos from Ahmed’s studio and his new works on Hi-Fructose.

Rad

hifructosemag:

Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed draws from the rich tradition of Middle Eastern carpet weaving to spin surreal creations that seem to defy physical laws — and the staticness of cultural relics. Sometimes his carpets appear to melt, their patterns dissolving into a pool of swirling colors like an oil slick, and other times they become three-dimensional, rising up in sharp spikes that defy the two-dimensional form. These are not carpets to be walked upon. Since we introduced Ahmed on the blog last May, he has created a new body of work that will debut at Cuadro Gallery in Dubai on September 14. A unique space in Dubai’s financial center, Cuadro is a non-profit gallery where Ahmed recently completed an artist residency. Take a look at some photos from Ahmed’s studio and his new works on Hi-Fructose.

Rad

Fresh nails #cunt 💋👠💋

Fresh nails #cunt 💋👠💋

#process

#process

wonderdave:

Denise Jolly “The Ritual”

"You are better than a story about what not to do"

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have
known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss,
and have found their way out of the depths. These persons
have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of
life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep
loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross


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Crop tops are my jam! #fat #femme #belly I bought it at Rainbow in Oakland, CA

Crop tops are my jam! #fat #femme #belly

I bought it at Rainbow in Oakland, CA

All of this is to say, I have seen some things that all too often make fireside stories uncomfortable for those who were raised with much better holding. Now that I’m grown, my days are spent with young folks trying to pry their way out of the shrapnel they call home. My nights are caught somewhere between the ideas of what I can be and the disdain for where I came from. My best me exists when I am pooling in the massacre that exists between these two places. If you have ever bled sunrise and called it relief, I have compiled a list of ten truths I want you to know, that I promise I am still trying to learn myself:

1. You ARE better than a story of what not to do.

2. You’re living in response to your upbringing, which means that your children will live in response to how you raise them. What do you most want to teach them?

3. Somewhere tonight there is a woman praying for you, wishing she were your mother. She knows you might hear her differently if she were—do not shun her prayer. Let it crowbar your liquid shoulders. We all have rusted parts.

4. Be more than a patina’d lawn decoration for the wealthy.

5. Some of us have to choose new places to come from. Don’t worry. You won’t forget what came before that. It lives in the fearful cower you fight daily.

6. In the moments you forget someone loves you, pretend somewhere, across the vast blue of your compulsion, there are continents of optimist hearts.

7. We humans do get what we ask for.

8. Please, stop asking to be re-wounded. You have branded yourself with scars that will not disappear with the skin-sag of old age.

9. Most days, our bodies are temple wars. Honoring them holy is as much a practice as breathing.

10. Get in the habit of affirming: YOU ARE HOLY with each breath. Brave words like “loved” and “beautiful.” Say, “I AM holy. My walls of that are a temple. I am sacred.” Sacred does not mean pristine. “I am beautiful. I am landslide and crater shake, I am human in all of the faults that build me. I am loved.”

If this feels wrong or foreign, that is okay. Sail on the violence of its awkward. Court it as your new addiction.

And breathe.

Denise Jolly. from “The Ritual.” (via nezhatwriteswords)
denisejollyspoken:

"The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of love." Cheryl Strayed 

denisejollyspoken:

"The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of love." Cheryl Strayed