my mother’s entire belief system in her galloping curls Adrienne Christian
dance. make men want to touch you. be gorgeous.
better thick than thin. curl up on pillows. smell delicious.
be blue magic.
shine goddamit. make women want you.
don’t let women do it for you; you do it yourself.
be dark. shimmy walkin
so folks comment about you.
if no one is talking about you, you’re through.
and don’t ever stay put; don’t you dare stay put!
you wow! excite.
be a hot oil treatment daughter.
and don’t you dare go to bed head
wrapped in a goddamn gangscarf.
men don’t want to go to bed with tupac.
earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Pacific University. She is the author of the poetry book 12023 Woodmont Avenue
(Willow Books, 2013), and her poems have been featured, or are forthcoming, in The L.A. Review, Prairie Schooner, frogpond, Obsidian, Alimentum, The Criterion
, and others, including anthologies. Adrienne is currently an Executive Board member of the Haiku Society of America, and was the recipient of the 2007 University of Michigan “Five Under Ten” Young Alumni Recognition Award. In addition to being a Cave Canem fellow, she is also a member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective. Her nonfiction has been featured in Jolie, African Vibes
, and Today’s Black Woman
magazines. Adrienne splits her time between New York City and Oro Valley, Arizona. When she isn’t writing, she’s entertaining, traveling, or practicing nature photography.
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