RT@philliswheat

RT@philliswheat

hashtags for a footnote found poem in the letters from Phillis Wheatley to another enslaved woman named Obour Tanner

 

#postbodypass #timecapsulebreath[1]

#postprayerhailmail[2]

#preghandipostwild[3]

#postanythingtosay[4]

#postplanetary[5]

#postsingleblackfemaleasretail[6]  (status update @phillispeters)

#postparlormaidpreoccupations[7]

#postropehope #lifelinelullaby[8]

#postobamadrama #bumperstickerproof[9]

#preclintonpreclarence #postplague[10]

#postplantationincantation #sweetwhitemistressbeware[11]

#postpetvingette[12]

#poundspence #postcowrydowry[13]

#postproper #prewhitneyprotoqueer[14]

#postrighteous[15]

#shitplantationpreacherspost[16]

#postpostblackdivine[17]

#jesustakethepost[18]

#prenatturnerslaverevoltposterchild[19]

#prequeerpostshipmateparable #evangelicalescapecodemode[20]

#presspostpalmreading[21]

#prepostalhopenotefloats[22] (@obourtan via the man)

 

*From the PostPost Series: (for those of us who are so over believing anything is ever over) by Alexis Pauline Gumbs

 

like seeds

or a guide to black feminist time travel via twitter by @alexispauline

 

this is the map made by marker-stains/ technicolor testament to what we want and how many dirty man made miles we will print our hands into

 

this is the morning melting across timezones/afternoon of ancient questions/ can you hear me/ can you see me/ are you there

 

this is the meet-up of movement and memory/ how our ancestors kiss each other in the stairwells of satellites/mischievous and right on time

 

so this is for the place past noon where audre burns herself into khaliah’s CDR lusting for the mail and me

 

this is the toni cade sent dream of women on buses and fertile dinner tables in the name of @moyazb

 

here is the cross street in Harriet’s salsa soul smile/flashing over the archival scanner/ to the beat of it is still 1974 somewhere

 

to find Jewelle Gomez’s study take a left at the bee-kept poetic license plate honey/knock half as many times as your pulse says yes

 

slip secrets in the shoes by the door/pack promise into potluck plates left/ this sideways eight of exchange/this always excuse to come home

 

sage through the scent of homeless archives/ face the nomad pension of lives overspent eating dreams believing that you would come

 

maryanne’s hair gets shorter while story grows long into your wrists/ these are the twists unpruned trellised listen into trust

 

this is the every workday text message from Max in the spats in Jackson/ ville/ starting good morning and ending all caps HOPE PRAY FAITH

 

this is the decades long relevance of jodeci for the butch groove/ boi band repertoire/ gyrate into a one handed push up & hope nobody faints

 

this is 87 years of egypt, yemen, jordan and iran blasting through Ms. Vera’s tight set mouth/saying youth catch on saying not gonna take it

 

sing a scalp remembrance spell for every strand of my knotted hair left under someones guest bed rug or couch/ here’s to our DNA connection

 

start a fall down drag out tumblr for every rumbling elder stomach whom our forgetting has not fed

 

line the living room and hall with lent books and breakthrough memories/ low enough that the kids can palimpsest them all in crayon

 

fill a vehicle older than your siblings with cell-phone numbers and snacks/retrostalk the beating of your heart

 

this is where it happens/this is what is happening/you are here  #womenofcolorcatalyzingknowledgein18tweets

 

 

—CITATION—
Gumbs, A. P. (2015) RT@philliswheat. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No.6. doi:10.7264/N3M043P8

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Footnotes    ( returns to text)

  1. will revive/revive in better times.
  2. pray write me soon for I long to hear from you.
  3. frequent meditation/mindful strength made perfect in weakness
  4. i have been silent.  i have not been unmindful.
  5. when we leave this world excessively charm’d/fleeting vanities on guard
  6. happiness pleasure/ a variety of hindrances
  7. the world hangs loose about us.  i shall wait.
  8. profound ignorance overshadows the land
  9. your tenderness for my welfare.  great benefactor.  praise.
  10. treacherous hearts prepare
  11. let us imagine the death of my mistress
  12. poor little outcast in terms how tender?
  13. inexpressible raptures/ earnest longings this family in your closet/ if you want more
  14. that happy mansion much dispos’d our happy (travelling) case
  15. bowels of divine love expanded (semblant of darkness Love itself)
  16. semblant of darkness infinite Love itself
  17. saving change arrive alive excellence obscur’d and crucified
  18. how happy that man who is prepar’d for that night wherin no man can work.
  19. meet me in the region of consummate blessedness
  20. pounds pence hence 5 books safe to hand
  21. dear sister dear friend
Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black trouble maker, a black feminist love evangelist and a prayer poet priestess with a PhD in English, African and African American Studies and Women’s Studies from Duke University. Alexis is the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines (forthcoming from PM Press in Fall 2015) and the author of Blue Airmail Letter an epistolary monograph on diasporic daughterhood and Afro-Caribbean women’s writing. Alexis is the founder of Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind (blackfeministmind.wordpress.com) an intergenerational multi-platform community school and the co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming project (mobilehomecoming.org) an experiential archive amplifying generations of queer black brilliance. Alexis is also poet-in-residence at make/shift magazine.

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