i had to really be honest with myself about myself. This is not my first trip to Anguilla. 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. The salt that loves me well, may I not waste it. Their bite, balanced by sweet butter and salt, and maybe a mouthful of crusty baguette, makes a spectacular au naturel appetizer. don't worry, i'm getting to the lesson! then being led by the incomparable magic and love of Dr. Gumbs. 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. overcook it. 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). gumbs goes on to say: "we have to practice creating new relationships. it was a very Durham love burst. i can't just throw my edges away, now can i? Alexis Pauline Gumbs September 7, 2020. and it reminded me of alexis pauline gumbs' "the sweetness of salt." i mean, yes, it goes beyond me growing my edges…it’s more of ME growing - all of me growing. Add the onions. More by this author 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. especially to those that show up for me consistently. Salt and pepper. 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. after cutting my hair off, i was able to see the amount of stress i had been placing on my scalp - especially my edges. 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? I wonder about that phrase “standing my own two…” and its role in a story about independence and individualism. it's something i've been kind of preparing for, for some time. 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? 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. 26 february 2019. amy-sharee. Let them dry, so the butter will stick. If what is within is less dense than what surrounds me, I can float. i shared something i learned from Alexis Pauline Gumbs, whose essay The Sweetness of Salt was the centerpiece of tonight’s reading. stop playing!" 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. Behold the Migration of Your Breathing: New Year Meditation with Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs. 26 february 2019. contaminate it with swine. Mya read the section about Kai, Omisade read the section about Cara. 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) 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. Previous. 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. in her piece gumbs talks about sistering technologies and "sister" as a verb. why isn’t love red like it should be. I was little Black baby who could wear a onesie with a little Black baby embroidered on it. for those 17 (almost 18) years, my hair had become my identity. Raise the flame and brown the chicken and onions well, without burning. what happens if we replace the roles patriarchy has scripted us into with actions guided by what we wanted to create instead?". unintentional salt. Pat your chicken pieces dry, and season with salt. 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. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, also published by Duke University Press; 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 Durham, North Carolina. Older. Set out the butter and salt so people can jab and twirl each radish. About Alexis Pauline Gumbs Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a community-accountable feminist poet and educator in Durham, North Carolina. — 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 … when is it happening? who she turned out to be…and did not. Alexis Pauline Gumbs … swing low. “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. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. what happens when I apply that to all of my relationships? how does my fear of rejection impede this desire? 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 … 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. (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). 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. what does the soul tribe i've been desperately craving look like? And now I can stand on my own two feet. what quarantine, my edges, and alexis pauline gumbs has taught me about sistering and radical self acceptance. aishah has taught me the joy of that practice and how the possibilities of our living shift directly in relationship to the rigor of our loving. her growing heart. love the people. some of you may or may not know that i had to cut my locs - after seventeen whole years - due to traction alopecia. i’ve begun to ask myself: how can i create/ cultivate radical relationships? love the possible into being.". croft. love ourselves. 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). 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. ... By Alexis Pauline Gumbs on November 23, 2014. 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 shared something i learned from Alexis Pauline Gumbs, whose essay The Sweetness of Salt was the centerpiece of tonight’s reading. who she wanted to be. Alexis Pauline Gumbs January 16, 2021. 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. Wash the radishes, getting the grit out of their tops and keeping an inch or so attached. that's how i was known. This is my second trip. 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. Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a community-accountable feminist poet and educator in Durham, North Carolina. Photo: Alexis Pauline Gumbs. 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. In the afternoon you will dive deeper with excerpts from her forthcoming Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons for Marine Mammals. Even at sea level we stand on shoulders. And I honor that forever. love each other. More by Alexis Pauline Gumbs 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. I was born into a world where the Black feminist literary revolution was already happening. 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. The preservative power of memory, gratitude, generosity. but i asked myself: have I been practicing radical self-acceptance? Alexis Pauline Gumbs September 8, 2020. 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!) healingwrite. eat salt on purpose. ... Alexis Pauline Gumbs November 17, 2020. grace, that i have so desperately been craving. she writes: "what is sistering? copyright 2017.all rights reserved. One Thing: Toni Cade Bambara in the Speaking Everyday By Alexis Pauline Gumbs on November 23, 2014. Next. i mean, when i cut them, i was fine. And wherever I am, however I exist it is in space cleared held stewarded by those who came before me. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines. This is the Stardust and Salt Daily Creative Practice Intensive. And so the idea of salt for me is about what stays. Alexis Pauline Gumbs Duke University Press ... she used to salt it. When the onions are soft and translucent, add in the chicken. Dub: Finding Ceremony is the third and concluding book in a poetic trilogy by Alexis Pauline Gumbs. 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. “the sweetness of salt” by alexis pauline gumbs appears in adrienne maree brown’s “pleasure activism” ak press. 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 … how can I use these sistering technologies to transcend transactional relationships that have been created to fill voids - or soothe traumas? if I start here- then - and only then (I believe) will there - can there be - a shift. By Alexis Pauline Gumbs on August 19, 2016. 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. Next. We could think of no better way to begin our new year ( Goodbye 2020!) 2. deep sight ... Sista Docta Alexis Pauline Gumbs will lead us through a series of prompts designed to allow us to reflect on … “the sweetness of salt” by alexis pauline gumbs appears in adrienne maree brown’s “pleasure activism” ak press. In these prose poems, Gumbs channels the voices of her ancestors, including whales, coral, and oceanic bacteria to tell stories of diaspora, … 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 Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. The salt that loves me well, may I not waste it. 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. "dready, empress, amy with the locs, the girl with the beautiful locs, rasta...and so on,  and so on." This is why a new book by National Humanities Center Fellow Alexis Pauline Gumbs called Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals caught … the sweetness of salt, sistering technologies, growth, relationships, radical self acceptance, truthtelling. Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a poet, independent scholar, and activist. which made me realize, that i can be this same amy - gentle, loving, creative,  and patient - towards - and with - the humans in my life. Julia: Alexis was on a dissertation research fellowship in Atlanta when the two of us met at several different literary and activist events. needing. who she was. (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. 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