So I've been avoiding the blogosphere...prepping for area exams for my PhD has dominated my world for more than a year....or maybe I should say anxiety about taking these exams has dominated my world for four years.
Both statements would be accurate.
Now that I can see the light at the end of this tunnel, writing seems like less of a burden and once more an expression of joy, but I don't know what's gotten into me, because I'm writing love poetry, which is usually a genre I avoid in favor of anger poetry.
I've been reading the poetry of Sonia Sanchez as part of my preparation for an exam in 20th century poetry in English.....don't ask. In her writing, I found love poetry--radical love poetry. And I fell in love. Sanchez wrote about the beauty of black men and black women. She wrote about the beauty of black women and black men and love. Radical. Beautiful. Love.
So I'm writing love poetry for moana nui, for kahakai, for 'aina, for beautiful radical people, for my family, from my friends, for another day living.
Please check out Love Seven which was written for Rajiv Mohabir and you will find it posted on his blog. And while you are there you should check out more of Rajiv's work, because he is an incredible poet and translator.
In the meantime, me ke aloha...