interdependence

May we release the myth of independence and make a declaration to embrace and nourish our interdependence May we pledge allegiance to the land, to the waters, to our human and nonhuman kin, to the earth-body we call home May we find our house of worship in the trees, the sky, the dirt, the mountains,…

dance

I want to see you dance. Not the choreographed, lead and follow, booty shaking, I-know-this-is-what-you-like dance. Give me the the animal of your body, unhinged and clawing and flailing to the heartbeat of the earth until you summon the gods themselves to pour libations at your feet. The ecstatic unraveling that dismembers your shame, that…

the jester

You must have me confused with another womanor another version of mefrom three daysor three yearsor three loversor three lifetimes agoback when I still thought that gracemeant keeping my eyes closedand my mouth shut. You say you love mebut maybe that’s only whenthere’s no one else availableto mother you. You say you support mebut maybe…

for Ukraine

There is no place in my bodyno nerve in my systemno string in my heartno corner of my mindthat knows how to make sense of war. I’m thinking about a mother giving birthto the sound of planes ripping the sky openthe pain contracting through her bodythe fear flowing from breast to mouththe shock waves that…

queen

When I say that I’m like a fine winewhat I really meanis that I’ve been aged to perfectionand your tongue will touch my bitter and my sweetwith hints of sun-kissed blackberriesand fresh vanilla creambefore I hit the back of your throatand leave your mouth wateringwith my scent lingering on your lips. Forget the half-assed lovefull…

gratitude

THANK YOU! Over 200 copies of my new book The Wild Will Call You Back have sold so far, and I want to take a moment to celebrate. I often feel guilty taking up space with my joy (there’s lots to unpack around this for another time), but I am so proud of myself for…

bounty

I hear there’s a bounty on my womb.A high price in the currencyof power and control.In the currencyof violenceand cowardice. You want to make a home in this body.Penetrate it with your power and lustand demand I carry the seed you’ve plantedpretending to protect the sacredwhen we both knowyour concern is for birthand not for…

descend

There are things you can only learnon your knees or in a stormor when the cracks in the foundationof this modern worldopen a chasm of uncertaintybeneath your feet. Your discontentwith what has been named normalis both grief and longingfor what your mind has forgottenbut your body remembers. You can feel itin the way a child’s…

valentine

Valentine’s Day is a day of the year that, whether I like it or not, I end up spending a lot of time thinking about romantic love. Historically, it’s been a day that ranges from joyful and sexy, to performative and shallow, to lonely with deep wells of longing. I’ve been single for most of…

Softer

Go softly.Softer.Softer, still.We’re all in the belly of the beast nowso find a place to lay your head downand sink deep into the thick velvetof your animal body. What happens now?Now that the ghosts of the machinehave haunted the halls of puritywrapped in their flags and audacitychanting manifestos of violenceand the monsterhas finally startedto devour…