1. What nuns dream of: one of the best things I have ever found in an archive. Source: Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center.


  2. what stays

    Thanks Jean Donnelly for asking which 10 books have stayed with me in some way, any way, for whatever reason, quickly, without thinking too hard about it, here they are: 

    • Green-Wood, Allison Cobb
    • Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, Samuel Delaney
    • Confessions of a Justified Sinner, James Hogg
    • Some Other Kind of Mission, Lisa Jarnot
    • Close to Me and Closer (The Language of Heaven), Alice Notley
    • Descent of Alette, Alice Notley
    • Oreo, Fran Ross
    • This Can’t Be Life, Dana Ward
    • The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow, Opal Whitely
    • Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
  3. I spent two days in the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center looking for my mother in boxes labeled St. Francis of Assisi. Right before leaving, I found her 8th grade report card. She would have been 87 today. 


  4. Dear Benjamin Franklin,


    No. No I’d do not care about your autobiography.

  5. Fishtown: site of my very talented sister’s studio. Paintings by Ann Beatus, the one with paint in her hair.

  6. A beautiful day in Germantown, with @iamtieshkasmith

  7. Above the door in the Black Writers’ Museum, Germantown.

  8. Sun Ra on a cloudy day in Vernon Park.


  9. Memos to Poets

    Tagged #kwame dawes


  11. (Source: newwavefeminism, via tracydimond)

  12. What interlibrary loan made possible: Sun Ra on the Q train


  13. "You do not demonize and dehumanize an entire race of people, through language and images, persistently and consistently for hundreds of years, changing the surface code and semantics as needed to maintain your power, and then appeal to your innocence and pretend that you have not. Indeed, you cannot appeal to any category of the human or human rights because you have systemically denied the humanity of the people all around you." 


  14. From a 60-minute cassette, bpNichol, published in 1971 by High Bernet Company, Toronto, Ontario. 

    Source: PennSound

  15. ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

    A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

    Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

    I don’t know who any of these folks are.

    They were tourists I presume.

    But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

    "Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."


    There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

    The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

    One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

    There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

    "One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

    (via phildeznuts)