for those 17 (almost 18) years, my hair had become my identity. In these prose poems, Gumbs channels the voices of her ancestors, including whales, coral, and oceanic bacteria to tell stories of diaspora, … she used to leave it on the stove all day and forget it half the time. The process includes chanting mantras derived from the writing and speeches of people like June Jordan, Audre Lorde, Essex Hemphill, Fannie Lou Hamer and more. Let them dry, so the butter will stick. then I can love on the people, we can love on each other, and then we can love the (im)possible into being. “The salt actually increases notes of sweetness, and iodized salt or table salt just does not fit the bill because its crystal structure is crushed, which means it’s very salty and overpowers the fruit with a non-natural metallic ion flavor! Her mindset-altering essays are interwoven with conversations and insights from other feminist thinkers, including Audre Lorde, Joan Morgan, Cara Page, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs. i mean, when i cut them, i was fine. praise song for what holds you up (for when it can’t be my two arms) praise song for what holds you up because you deserve to float and salt from every ocean loves your face because you deserve to float and stars from every galaxy love your face y This is why a new book by National Humanities Center Fellow Alexis Pauline Gumbs called Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals caught … Breathing Underwater: An Evening with Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs by Seattle_Quick_Picks - a staff-created list : Looking for a grounded voice during a chaotic time in the US? And so the idea of salt for me is about what stays. ... Alexis Pauline Gumbs November 17, 2020. “the sweetness of salt” by alexis pauline gumbs appears in adrienne maree brown’s “pleasure activism” ak press. croft. Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a poet, independent scholar, and activist. Their bite, balanced by sweet butter and salt, and maybe a mouthful of crusty baguette, makes a spectacular au naturel appetizer. For 10 days you will wake up to Sista Docta Alexis Pauline Gumbs opening up your sky reading you a poem and offering you some nourishing reflections and questions from her unpublished series of "sky study" meditation poems. If what is within is less dense than what surrounds me, I can float. "dready, empress, amy with the locs, the girl with the beautiful locs, rasta...and so on,  and so on." it was a very Durham love burst. (well..) it's a struggle, but there's also a joy that i re-discover regularly when i do see a new patch of hair or i create new and improved hair concoctions to help propel the hair forward. For the past 21 days I have been limiting my salt intake, clearing a path for more ancestral love to come through, helping myself release whatever deposits have collected from uncried tears and holding it together. i know that i am empathetic, kind, caring, loving, and funny...but i also can be wishy-washy, i can be petty, impatient, i can give unsolicited advice, and i am a sagittarius (lol). By Alexis Pauline Gumbs on August 19, 2016. and yes, there is some trauma there, but it's time to really start doing the healing work and doing it consistently. 26 february 2019. — Undrowned by Alexis Pauline Gumbs In a magical conversation celebrating the always wonderful Sarah Gottesdiener’s curated Many Moons planner for 2021, reflecting on what 2021 would bring, the brilliant diana rose (@ ddamascenaa ) offered up a question, really a meditation, about how 2020 clarified whose hands we wanted to hold and whose hands we wanted to be holding going into … i’ve begun to ask myself: how can i create/ cultivate radical relationships? More by this author needing. salt conductor of dreams ancestor crystal portal blood water preservation. Facebook 0 Twitter Pinterest 0 0 Likes. after cutting my hair off, i was able to see the amount of stress i had been placing on my scalp - especially my edges. When Alexis Pauline Gumbs thought she’d lent all her copies of The Salt Eaters to friends, she called every bookstore in her area to find another copy. Older. what happens if we replace the roles patriarchy has scripted us into with actions guided by what we wanted to create instead?". Black Feminist Breathing is a resilience practice I have been using for several years to tap into the wisdom of black revolutionary women and queer ancestors. grace, that i have so desperately been craving. days later, and i understand why. i thought about how I show up in these relationships, how very few of my relationships provided feelings of safety and/or any hint of longevity, and i questioned how past traumas and unchecked behaviors may have dictated these relationships. Mya read the section about Kai, Omisade read the section about Cara. For all the space making and invention I have had to do, and will continue to do, it is nurtured and made possible for all the space that was already made for me. This is my second trip. Dub: Finding Ceremony is the third and concluding book in a poetic trilogy by Alexis Pauline Gumbs. On the eve of Toni Cade Bambara's birthday we celebrate and uplift a Black feminist ethic of care. The first book, Spill, is a collection of experimental works exploring Black feminism through imagined embodied scenes of fugitivity—Black women seeking freedom from gendered and racist violence. but it's time to level up beyond this is who i am...and really make some radical shifts. love the people. Behold the Migration of Your Breathing: New Year Meditation with Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs. One Thing: Toni Cade Bambara in the Speaking Everyday By Alexis Pauline Gumbs on November 23, 2014. i can't just throw my edges away, now can i? Put the butter in a heavy, oven-safe pot or saucepan, and heat it to the foaming stage. The preservative power of memory, gratitude, generosity. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. contaminate it with swine. her growing heart. how does my fear of rejection impede this desire? and there it was (not like TADOW- it's solved - i did ALL the work - give me a round of applause - we're done here - let's move on!) how can I use these sistering technologies to transcend transactional relationships that have been created to fill voids - or soothe traumas? I was little Black baby who could wear a onesie with a little Black baby embroidered on it. stop playing!" Alexis introduced herself to me at a Quirky Black Girls cookout during Atlanta ’s Black Gay Pride Festival and, a few weeks later, I asked Alexis on a date after a fundraising house party for Critical Resistance. what sistering technologies can i implement in my current relationships in order to co-create safety, accountability, dreams, joy - what can i weave into these  relationships to further build connection? The Sweetness of Salt: Toni Cade Bambara and the Practice of Pleasure (in 5 tributes), by Alexis Pauline Gumbs [Title TK] Interview with Sonya Renee Taylor [Title TK] Interview with Dallas Goldtooth Pussy Power and Visual Gaze, by Favianna Rodriguez (photo essay) who she wanted to be. in my past relationships when something had gone awry - or if someone has said something i didn't agree with, i'd be quick to throw them away, or be petty, or really just mean. ... By Alexis Pauline Gumbs on November 23, 2014. And I honor that forever. My grandmother had already been listening to dolphins for decades before I was born. Next. which made me realize, that i can be this same amy - gentle, loving, creative,  and patient - towards - and with - the humans in my life. The Sweetness of Salt, by Alexis Pauline Gumbs Why We Get Off, by Joan Morgan A Pleasure Philosophy, A Conversation with Ingrid LaFleur Section Two: The Politics of Radical Sex Pussy Power, by Favianna Rodriguez Sex Ed, A Poem Wherein I Write about Sex Section Three: A Circle of Sex Even at sea level we stand on shoulders. Julia: Alexis was on a dissertation research fellowship in Atlanta when the two of us met at several different literary and activist events. Another image from what I call my mom’s pensive pout portrait series of me. this process is teaching me a lot about patience (cooking has too - again another blog)...but this time - waiting and watching and waiting for strands of hair to push through follicles - s l o w l y, but surely has shown me that i have not given myself - nor others -  grace. The concluding volume in a poetic trilogy, Alexis Pauline Gumbs's Dub: Finding Ceremony takes inspiration from theorist Sylvia Wynter, dub poetry, and ocean life to offer a catalog of possible methods for remembering, healing, listening, and living otherwise. Alexis Pauline Gumbs Duke University Press ... she used to salt it. Alexis Pauline Gumbs … it may be almost a month now. what happens when I apply that to all of my relationships? that's how i was known. don't worry, i'm getting to the lesson! In collaboration with Sista Docta Alexis Pauline Gumbs we present Mobile Homecoming Trust Living Library and Archive which exists to sustain the lives of Mobile Homecoming and Black Feminist elders, their care takers and legacy bearers. Alexis Pauline Gumbs September 8, 2020. “the sweetness of salt” by alexis pauline gumbs appears in adrienne maree brown’s “pleasure activism” ak press. This is not my first trip to Anguilla. i thought about how i have hid large parts of myself from those i am, and have been, in partnership with (both intimate and platonic), how there's always a fear of losing partners (again, both platonic and intimate), and recurring feelings of unworthiness (which, again, I believe to be attributed to past trauma). In the afternoon you will dive deeper with excerpts from her forthcoming Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons for Marine Mammals. copyright 2017.all rights reserved. now that they're gone, i kind of - not kind of - but  i've had to get reacquainted with the girl beneath all of the hair - and this has come with the loss of hair throughout and AAAAAAAH, my edges. I wonder about that phrase “standing my own two…” and its role in a story about independence and individualism. love the possible into being.". unintentional salt. who she turned out to be…and did not. Add the onions. Raise the flame and brown the chicken and onions well, without burning. Pat your chicken pieces dry, and season with salt. And so the idea of salt for me is about what stays. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism. Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a poet, independent scholar, and activist. especially to those that show up for me consistently. then being led by the incomparable magic and love of Dr. Gumbs. who she was. Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a community-accountable feminist poet and educator in Durham, North Carolina. Eventbrite - Alexis Pauline Gumbs presents Take Care of Your Blessings:Toni Cade Bambara & A Spell for Mutual Survival - Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - Find event and ticket information. i thought deeply about our relationship - and how even after he and my sister separated, he still called me his sister - and most importantly - he treated me like a sister, rooted for me, and supported me. i mean, yes, it goes beyond me growing my edges…it’s more of ME growing - all of me growing. This is the Stardust and Salt Daily Creative Practice Intensive. redding from Alexis (upon birth) you my world of the matching shirt of the redding skin the chest of the matching shirt of the listening heart the chest i am the size of your lungs of the listening heart and the blinking wonder i am the si “Alexis Pauline Gumbs pushes us out of our comfort zone and into the sea, where other species are moving and mothering in ways that can teach us how to survive. Mya read the section about Kai, Omisade read the section about Cara. swing low. (remember: i'm editing this post and with this quarantine i've been struggling with keeping track of days and time...which i'll save for another post). gumbs goes on to say: "we have to practice creating new relationships. Salt and pepper. my brother-in-law passed away a few weekends ago. what is the freedom and accountability that accrues when 'sister' is not just a static identity that you have but is something that you do or don't do, with consequences. in her piece gumbs talks about sistering technologies and "sister" as a verb. but i asked myself: have I been practicing radical self-acceptance? this is something i've been thinking about for a while now - more so since i've been in isolation. shade. The salt that loves me well, may I not waste it. Alexis Pauline Gumbs January 16, 2021. Facebook 0 Twitter Pinterest 0 0 Likes. love ourselves. When the onions are soft and translucent, add in the chicken. i shared something i learned from Alexis Pauline Gumbs, whose essay The Sweetness of Salt was the centerpiece of tonight’s reading. what quarantine, my edges, and alexis pauline gumbs has taught me about sistering and radical self acceptance. I was born into a world where the Black feminist literary revolution was already happening. some of you may or may not know that i had to cut my locs - after seventeen whole years - due to traction alopecia. and i know this healing journey is not linear and it will take some time - but i have to commit to putting in the time. i shared something i learned from Alexis Pauline Gumbs, whose essay The Sweetness of Salt was the centerpiece of tonight’s reading. We've written several reviews of her work and continue to use her insight and experimentation as a touchstone for radical Southern imagination. eat salt on purpose. healingwrite. She is author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and coeditor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines and the Founder and Director of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind, an educational program based in … We could think of no better way to begin our new year ( Goodbye 2020!) Alexis Pauline Gumbs Scalawag's love for Alexis is pretty much unparalleled. 26 february 2019. amy-sharee. overcook it. ... Cameron Barker Reveals Sweetness in Anonymous Sex Depicting places thought to be dirty as tender and loving. she even cut it with molasses once and washed it down with wine. and it reminded me of alexis pauline gumbs' "the sweetness of salt." Next. if I start here- then - and only then (I believe) will there - can there be - a shift. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. what does the soul tribe i've been desperately craving look like? The preservative power of memory, gratitude, generosity. More by Alexis Pauline Gumbs About Alexis Pauline Gumbs Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a community-accountable feminist poet and educator in Durham, North Carolina. the sweetness of salt, sistering technologies, growth, relationships, radical self acceptance, truthtelling. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. why isn’t love red like it should be. as always with someone's passing (more so with people that i know)- i tend to reflect on my relationship with that person and how that person showed up in the world. during his online memorial and at his funeral - everyone - EVERYONE - shared the same sentiment about how he showed up in the world. Looking at this picture I am aware of the thickness and strength of my legs, and I am also aware that I am standing on land my grandfather physically cleared. Alexis Pauline Gumbs September 7, 2020. Alexis Pauline Gumbs’s Spill is an offering for all seeking an unpredictable and experimental journey of Black feminist artistic expression and self-discovery." i then further reflected on a recent self-reflection of the various relationships (whether platonic or intimate) i've held in my 30+ years on this earth. Previous. and that got me to thinking about: how have i shown up for others - how have i shown up for myself? Wash the radishes, getting the grit out of their tops and keeping an inch or so attached. And wherever I am, however I exist it is in space cleared held stewarded by those who came before me. The salt that loves me well, may I not waste it. when is it happening? clean it out with your eyes. Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs’s book “M Archive” documents Black life at the end of the world - melding a critique of late capitalism, anti-Blackness, and environmental crisis all at once. So when The Salt Eaters or any of Toni Cade Bambara’s life-saving works fall off my bookshelf, or a scene from her literary creation shows... a spell to save your life By Alexis Pauline Gumbs … she writes: "what is sistering? love each other. Photo: Alexis Pauline Gumbs. (granted we all have our character flaws - and i'm pretty sure - well i wasn't expecting anyone to show up and start going off - i hope no one would), but everyone saw what i did. it was a very Durham love burst. which then led me to my edges (don't judge me - hear me out). Set out the butter and salt so people can jab and twirl each radish. Alexis Pauline Gumbs describes herself as a “queer Black feminist love evangelist and marine mammal apprentice” in Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons From Marine Mammals, published this past November. i've been thinking about the relationships I could cultivate if I simply found peace with my current self and most importantly my former self. i had to really be honest with myself about myself. it's something i've been kind of preparing for, for some time. April 19, 2020 / Amy Smith. 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