Pocket Poetry Prayer Meeting #2: Benjamin Banneker

29 11 2012

In the tradition of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Potluck Series and the Queer Black Sunday School process of sacred reclamation we will gather in the name of poet, inventor, astronomer, astrologer Benjamin Banneker for a reflective, meditative Sunday writing session at

on Sunday Dec. 2nd

at Inspiration Station II in Durham, NC

(email brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com for directions)

Together we will create and share our own almanacs, visions and life-changing inventions.

We will add our writing/drawing to a the Wheatley session writings towards a box-set of tiny origami books of poems to send into the world as evidence of how the sky in the eyes of a Black man who pays attention to patterns is power beyond measure.

As a special bonus Sister Colleague Tara Bynum, an expert on 18th and 19th century black brilliance will be coming all the way from Baltimore (where Benjamin Banneker lived) to join us!!!!!! You can see some of our ongoing dialogue here: http://phillisweekly.tumblr.com/

Please bring a pen and your journal and some Sunday delicious food to share 🙂

One Hundred and One Things That Are Not True About the Most Famous Black Women Alive: New Book of List Poems by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

27 11 2012

Broken Beautiful Press is proud to announce a vaguely epic book of list poems by Alexis Pauline Gumbs that consider what it is possible to know about the most famous Black women alive including Oprah Winfrey, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Obama, Beyonce Knowles, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Tina Turner, Gabby Douglas, and Aretha Franklin. Part prayer part polemic this project is an intervention into the consumption of Black women. (As if you can possibly know.)

Download the book for a small donation to an as yet unfamous Black feminist enterprise here: scribd.com/doc/114139208/One-Hundred-and-One-Things-That-Are-Not-True-About-the-Most-Famous-Black-Women-Alive

And spread the word with this short video of Sista Docta Lex talking about why she wrote it!