Thank you, Venus and Serena

I’m sitting here watching the 2017 Australian Open women’s final between Venus and Serena Williams and I’m weeping. Growing up, my father would watch tennis regularly, particularly during the Grand slam tournaments.  I would casually peek up from whatever book that I was reading at the time to observe the matches but never really paid…

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Those Who Wander: Japan

In December 2015 I booked a trip to Japan on a whim. (It was my birthday and a good error fare is more irresistible than Chik-fil-A on a Sunday.) It turned out to be the best vacation I’ve ever been on. The country is beautiful and I visited in April at peak cherry blossom season which gave…

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history repeating.

you can feel it coming so familiar not yet arrived but heavy on your spirit / marching towards you your joy your sisters quivering / you remember harriet and nat and sojourner and bayard and all the mommas who straightened their backs bent from the weight of burying their babies calling you you you step forth.…

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