Taking a break from social media…

Doesn’t really need announcement but just so you’re aware in case you need me for anything, I’ll be taking a break from social media for the rest of the month, starting tomorrow. Before I do though, I’ll leave a few things here:

1) If you need to contact me, send me an email (haryor.kunle@gmail.com, afalomopoetry@gmail.com, aof001@shsu.edu) or call/send a text message if you have my #

2) It’s 3 more months before the year ends and as I wrote on my blog, here’s a personal recap of the just completed quarter:http://wp.me/p2vqQc-az. Thanks to everyone who played a huge part in the wonderfulness of the 3rd quarter!!!

3) There are exciting things already in the works that I’ll be sharing via my newsletter (interviews, reviews, guest posts on blogs re: issues I address in the just published collection, etc.), so do subscribe if you want to receive those: http://bit.ly/AFalomoSubscribe

4) Since I’m still being asked, the easiest way to get yourself a copy of “thread, this wordweaver must!” is through Amazon:http://bit.ly/threadtwmAmazon or locally (just type in your zipcode) through Indiebound.org : http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781500677992

Enjoy the rest of the month, and I’ll be back with you all at the end of it :)

poldberg:

While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.

Links:

Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart

Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story

You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.

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Shoes! I want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shoes! I want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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darshanapathak:

Raise your hand if you’re straddling the line between crippling anxiety and not giving any fucks about anything

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Year in Review - Third Quarter

Year in Review – Third Quarter

Don’t ask me how long I’ve been putting this off. There’s always much to say, but I often find myself promising not to say much these days…

Can you believe that we’re already done with more than half of the year, and after this month, only have 3 more months before it ends?

Well, here’s a summary of the year on this end so far:

During the first quarter, as I wrote in the year in review post for…

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Year in Review - Third Quarter

Year in Review – Third Quarter

Don’t ask me how long I’ve been putting this off. There’s always much to say, but I often find myself promising not to say much these days…

Can you believe that we’re already done with more than half of the year, and after this month, only have 3 more months before it ends?

Well, here’s a summary of the year on this end so far:

During the first quarter, as I wrote in the year in review post for…

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It’s a beautiful Saturday and Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road is the poem of choice for this day… I think the best way to read him is out loud. Find the full poem here: http://www.bartleby.com/142/82.html

It’s a beautiful Saturday and Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road is the poem of choice for this day… I think the best way to read him is out loud. Find the full poem here: http://www.bartleby.com/142/82.html

via zenhabits - Leo Babauta on Fears

via zenhabits - Leo Babauta on Fears

Why is Christian Art so Bad?

bedlammagazine:

Why is Christian Art so Bad? | Nik Parks on Christian art and what it’s lacking

“Wait? I didn’t know you were like a good artist. When you told me you were a Christian, I thought you just painted pictures of Jesus holding sheep and stuff.”

A good friend of mine who is a phenomenal painter, and also happens to be Christian, received this remark when his atheist roommate saw one of his paintings for the first daniel dutime. Unfortunately, the roommate wasn’t terribly off-base.…

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Amen!

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kasumychan:

myed89:

I do what I want

You do not control me!

Can we talk about how much freaking effort it took for that diver to get into all of that gear just to take that stupid picture in the hot tub? You’re all fucking losers and I love you

How awesome are these…

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Re: #FergusonA week ago today, my friends - James and Charles - and I were told by cops that we fit the description, following a call they received after cars were broken into at the exact time we crossed the street to get to where we were going. In light of recent happenings, there’s much about my blackness - something I’ve never really had to think about before now - that scares me. I can’t lose sight anymore of that fact that I could very well be Mike Brown or any of the countless soon-to-be-forgotten black boys whose lives have been taken senselessly. The collection of poems I’ll be publishing soon, which the poem “Melanin” is from, is titled “thread, this wordweaver must!” because I’m trying to weave a tapestry that makes it okay to be a thread of a different color. His red, your blue, her yellow, their green all belong here in this tapestry and makes it even more beautiful! We all have a part to play, and this is just the least of mine. #threadtwm

Re: #Ferguson

A week ago today, my friends - James and Charles - and I were told by cops that we fit the description, following a call they received after cars were broken into at the exact time we crossed the street to get to where we were going. In light of recent happenings, there’s much about my blackness - something I’ve never really had to think about before now - that scares me. 

I can’t lose sight anymore of that fact that I could very well be Mike Brown or any of the countless soon-to-be-forgotten black boys whose lives have been taken senselessly. 

The collection of poems I’ll be publishing soon, which the poem “Melanin” is from, is titled “thread, this wordweaver must!” because I’m trying to weave a tapestry that makes it okay to be a thread of a different color. His red, your blue, her yellow, their green all belong here in this tapestry and makes it even more beautiful! We all have a part to play, and this is just the least of mine. #threadtwm

Announcement : Book Publication/Title Reveal

In the last post for the previous quarter, I wrote this:

I shall return here to make an announcement – a very big one, actually! – before the next quarter… let’s just hope everything goes to plan.

And so, with this post, this is me making good on my promise.

This blog, for the most part has been a medium to document the pursuit of the dreams I’ve had and still have. It is in essence, as the…

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Announcement - Taking the next step with my poetry

First things first : I’m grateful that you’re reading this. I really am. Grateful that I can share this with you. 

The news: For the past few months, I’ve been working on a collection of poems that will be published and available to the public in September of this year. 

It’s been a mixture of emotions, from being overwhelmed to frightened to madly excited to what am I doing? Thankfully, I’ve had help through this process.

Soon, I’ll be doing a title, and subsequently after that, a cover reveal in addition to other updates. Those who have opted to receive updates from me get to know about these things first, and if you want to be one of those people, you can fill out the information below to receive updates about events, new projects, etc. I promise it’s going to be from me…well, at least until I get a personal assistant. I kid.

Now that you know what I’m doing next with my poetry, I encourage you to share with another person you think might want/need to know.

I can’t wait for the book to ready, and for it to reach your hands and/or mobile devices.

Anonymous said: Oh jeez first off I'm a huge fan your work is incredible. Secondly I'd like to know something. From your personal experience, do you think becoming a good poet is just an innate talent you're born with, or a skill that you hone over time? I used to think I was a decent poet but lately my work is shit. Am I just out of practice? Any advice?

sistereskista:

thank you so much love :) i think people have natural talent but it takes honing that talent to make the poet good. like you have to edit, you have to write and write and write. i don’t write everyday but you have to have some sort of dedication to the art of writing, not just dropping poems here and there. not everything you write will be a poem. most of what i write isn’t good poetry, it’s just thoughts. i have notebooks full of things that won’t reach the light of day but i don’t think that takes from a person’s talent. i think you may just be out of practice. write not thinking about the end product or having a “good poem” but to get ideas down. you can always go back and make poems from that writing.