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  • palomayombe:

    “Each day the traders are kidnapping our people - children of this country, sons of our nobles and vassals, even people of our own family. This corruption and depravity are so widespread that our land is entirely depopulated. We need in this kingdom only priests and schoolteachers, and no merchandise, unless it is wine and flour for Mass. It is our wish that this Kingdom not be a place for the trade or transport of slaves…Many of our subjects eagerly lust after Portuguese merchandise that your subjects have brought into our domains. To satisfy this inordinate appetite, they seize many of our black free subjects…. They sell them. After having taken these prisoners [to the coast] secretly or at night….. As soon as the captives are in the hands of white men they are branded with a red-hot iron”

    — Mvemba a Nzinga or Nzinga Mbemba also known as King Afonso I. He was the King of the Kongo Kingdom 1509 to late 1542 /1543. In 1526 Afonso wrote two letters concerning the slave trade to the king of Portugal mploring him to put a stop to the practice (quote from the book:  King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa)

    Worth noting; you’ll note the reported kidnapping and theft of peoples, and not the selling that i spend 10 minutes a week dealing with from White people looking to minimize the horror of American chattel slavery.

    08/17/19

  • lifeinpoetry:

                             all I’m saying is                  this:

    the tongue has no wings     to flee what syllables it fears

    the mouth is no womb             has no right to swallow up

                                        what it did not make

    Airea D. Matthews, from “etymology,” published in Poem-a-Day

    08/17/19

  • thestrangerdaily:

    “Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid.”

    — Albert Camus (via thestrangerdaily)

    08/17/19

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    humanly:

    John Cage

    08/17/19

  • watchoutforintellect:

    “In the church of my heart the choir is on fire.”

    — Vladimir Mayakovsky, from A Cloud in Trousers

    08/17/19

  • thestrangerdaily:

    “Then I fell asleep again.”


    Albert Camus, The Stranger (via thestrangerdaily)

    08/17/19

  • deityofdecay:

    “Develop a strong opinion about yourself so that you don’t accidentally start believing what others say about you.”

    — Akin Olokun
    (via deeplifequotes)

    05/29/19

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    therumpus:

    THE RUMPUS INAUGURAL POEMS: Airea D. Matthews

    Composed entirely from the Constitution of the United States of America

    04/19/19

  • aireaonce:

    “If words are veils, what do they hide?”

    — Anne Carson, excerpt of Cassandra Float Can, from Float (via antigonick)

    03/16/19

  • aireaonce:

    “Meanwhile, I’m trying. God knows. But mother unearthed each small bloodmain under her gauzed wrists. She fought a strange compulsion to press her mouth against her right pulse, taste the throbbing veiny eels her crooked lovers forsook drink from blind lakes of their leaving, undo their digging”

    Airea D. Matthews, from “Sexton Texts During Polar Vortex,” published in Four Way Review
    (via lifeinpoetry)

    03/16/19

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