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Druplets

how funny it is that the link has diedand now you sketch charcoal blackberriesbetween blushing pink handswhen ours are pale and littered with lines of brown. I grab the bowl between us,but the blackberries seem to crouch beneath each other,no longer garnished with Costco infecticide,these weren’t hidden behind that jacket…

So From Below

The bright spring foliage of Brown University, beautiful as it may be, has grown and blossomed from soil fertilized by the body of my decaying happiness  it’s greeting flowers bloom to reveal petals outstretched to the sun— some a lush purple, dyed with the colors of my bleeding melancholy; others…

Exploring Caribbean Culinary History through Recipes:
Accras de Morue

When I cook traditional Caribbean food, I am transported back to my grandparents’ kitchen in Martinique. The fragrances of roasting chilis and burnt coconut sugar ignite fond memories of helping my grandfather shuck coconuts and fry saltfish fritters. These nostalgic aromas of my grandfather’s kitchen are pungent reminders of the…

Gateway to Giants

In this poem, I wanted to reflect on how the actions and choices of those with power and wealth shape the world around us, both physically, in the spaces we inhabit, as well as culturally, shaping the norms of our society. As they exert their wealth and influence, these “industry…

Grandma Sally’s Collard Greens

This collard greens recipe is one of my most nostalgic family recipes, as I have fond memories of preparing and washing the greens with my grandmother. We would spend hours scrubbing each individual leaf relentlessly until it was free of grit and sand, and boil the greens for hours to…

The BSJ’s Food Column: Exploring Black Culinary Heritage in America

As a person of Afro-Caribbean, African American, and Japanese descent, cooking has been an integral part of engaging with my family history and paying homage to my intersectional cultural heritage. Throughout the years of sitting in my grandma’s kitchen, whether it be to help clean the collard greens, cut up…

Caziah’s Corner: February ’22

Poet’s Note: Hi everyone! Welcome to my first piece, Eyes Wide Shut, for Caziah’s Corner.   I’m thankful that you’re reading it!  I want to talk about ancestry. As I’ve grown, I’ve reflected on how ancestral experiences have shaped my life. My life story has been cut and pasted from past…

Legacy

Forward: What Black History Means To Me For me, Black history is about honoring all our ancestors from previous generations, as well as the hard work they have done to give us the opportunities we have today. Whether that’s talking about historical figures who have changed the lives of Black…