Maneater

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl Woman - Age 29 I have been accused of cutting men at the knees.  Frankly, running into a wall when you can already see it around the corner seems futile.  But maybe that's just me... And then there's that whole not wanting to feel like I did [...]

I wrote this when I was 28. Aww shizmishginet!

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl Woman - Age 28 Second round of the Just Poetry Grand Slam.  Money on the line.  She's months between lo_ers (replace the blank with an "s" or "v" because both apply--okay, I'm exaggerating a little but that's how I felt at the time).  The boys are taking [...]

I’ll bring the matches.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl Woman - Age 27 My boy Solomon called me his "little Assata." "When I met you I thought you were Muslim; you always wear long skirts?" At the time we met, my appearance and attitude led to more than a few comments like that.  Frankly, it was [...]

moss

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl Woman - Age 26 moss... (because sometimes you need somewhere to rest between the rock and the hard place). moss was my first (and last) chapbook, an effort to launch my "writing" career.  I was fresh out of graduate school and idealistic about the writerly life that [...]

The Vine

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl Woman - Age 25 There comes a time when age really is nothing but a number; when you're just a description like "too young"  or "grown."  But at 25 it really is a distinct number.  That age can be one of those in-between times--not quite too young [...]

Writers Anonymous

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl - Age 23 political (p-lt-kl) - of or relating to your views about social relationships involving authority or power Naming The act of naming is political; that is, how we choose to call things, ideas, and people is a reflection of how we perceive ourselves in relation [...]

Doing It Like I’m Doing It for TV

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl Woman - Age 24 Cameras have never been my thing. For years, I didn't even know how to smile.  Seriously. I would practice in the mirror but whatever I practiced never came out that way in my photos. When I was in the third grade my mom [...]

Church Girl

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl - Age 22 Yesterday I headed to the grocery store in hopes of getting cheap eggs; otherwise, I avoided shopping areas at all costs. Because the next day was going to be Easter.  Time for Peeps, pantyhose, shoes, and Easter ham. At sunrise, I was on the [...]

So Much T’ings To Say

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl - Age 21 Vaginas in the oatmeal?! I enrolled in Dr. Gayles' Images of Women in the Media in the spring of my junior year in college.  She told me that if I looked closely enough at the Quaker oats advertisement I would see the outline of [...]

Invictus

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Girl - Age 20 "I am Sheeee-Rahhh, Queen of the Universe!"  Laysha's long legs stepped out of the line of us and struck warrior pose. Courtney, a Decatur-where-it's-greater native,  stepped out of the line to pop and drop in a tootsie roll every time her name was called. [...]