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Breaking the Night

It was that hulking bridge, the one I had crossed over innumerable times, one more major structure that arced from east to west, from my side of the land mass to the other where the city center is at work long hours, beckons and dazzles, then makes night turn over and into itself like a magic jacket that’s never worn out. 1,246 more words

A Writing Stone

Third Grade

I hold the purple polished stone in my hand and take my seat as soon as the other three get their own stones. They showed them off to our classmates. 632 more words

Writing

First night with the lights

The hail fell, a proxy for the snow, but the cold made the windows fogged around the edges like it was matted, and it took me back to that house in Bethlehem where we lived, that night it kept snowing and everyone had electric candles, one per window, all white, and the special glow it made—it snowed so hard I had to walk home from the dance alone, and the avenues were empty, but the pink/peach streetlamps glowed against the falling flakes, the first time I heard the sound of snow, how it seemed I’d get back with the girl, how that made me feel about myself. 172 more words

Memoir

Straight Lines

My home was at the end of a cul de sac and then a bit farther.

The neighborhood was built on an old Christmas tree farm. 480 more words

Creative Nonfiction

Warning of Destruction, The Deaths of Alton Sterling and Black Hope (Revised)

Negroes,
Sweet and docile,
Meek, humble and kind:
Beware the day
They change their mind!
Wind
In the cotton fields,
Gentle Breeze:
Beware the hour… 476 more words

Creative Nonfiction

A Moment With “I Loves You Porgy” by Nina Simone

From its very beginning, Nina Simone builds a feeling of desperation, one where Bes is pleading for protection, for covering. Even before I knew the story behind Porgy and Bess, I thought this song was tragic and overwhelmingly beautiful. 603 more words

Creative Nonfiction

On Native Intellectuals: In Which Phase Are You?

In Frantz Fanon’s, The Wretched of the Earth (1961), there is a chapter entitled ‘On National Culture’ where “Fanon stressed the urgent responsibility of writers and intellectuals to forge new forms of national culture as a part of the contribution to the development of the people’s national consciousness” (McLeod, 2000, p.102). 836 more words

Creative Nonfiction