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essayisms · 10 hours ago
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Before I tidied up my books.
ig: rhiharper
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akratiisalive · a day ago
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transcript and tag list under the cut! (ask to be added):
i am being in one but many forms
remember when it was about screaming once in two months? when i was not a big girl but my father was still old? when all the cheap porcelain was the centre of attention in our house? &, when there were no dolls but i wasn’t allowed to cross the road on my own?// i. the growing is like a venus flytrap: two-fold./ evil, like a fortnight before spring./ spring, like summer’s step-child./ when i remember/ my 8 years old shadow: i was becoming./ now, at 16, i want to be seen.// ii. the mirroring of another’s solitude was a/ foot less deep when i handed them my chocolate. now, i am making bread but to never consume. now, i don’t measure sugar/ or hear the alarm./ if it weren’t for the cries for 8 pm tv shows,/ i’d still be a little more tenuous./ i think a girl starts rotting when/ she feels blood in her body.// iii. not to say that i can lie today, but/ there was not much to lie about back then./ i broke a glass./ but another hand searched for the shards too./ and also! i never had to lie!/ my brother announced my mishaps/ before my mother even approached me.// iv. today, i do not lie on the ground/ but rush to the washroom to sit and stare./ i feel content when i grit my teeth/ & i don’t feel them breaking/ because,/ i always closed my mouth when i peed./ oh, don’t you know? my mother said/ it’s bad for your teeth when you let them be/ in the restroom. it weakens them./ “as if teeth are something that could be/ weaken! as if teeth have beards!”// v. to write nothing everyday is not a logic/ i want to normalise. but the thing is,/ it starts to feel ecstatic/ when i see a mirror & i stand to stare./ another being. same as me./ i exist,/ two fold: skin and bones./ tenuous: a rope tied to throat./ i exist./ i didn’t rot, i exist.
taglist: @ruins-of-heart @a-moonlit-poet @rottensummerlove @it-is-what-it-it-iss @kajukatliontop @nochampagneonlyproblems @champagnesrush @mydogisgaytoo @lilhappylilsad @ch3rryblo55oms @parihumay @jules-hazard @eveesque @wigilda @theazurepoet @star-dust-2317 @catguin-the-kitty-cat @kittywritesmistress @a-smart-dumbass( still not working:((? )
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ourravenboys · a day ago
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ya books with (well written) multiracial main characters!!
(* means the author is mixed as well)
*darius the great is not okay by adib khorram
contemporary, coming of age, gay half persian + half white mc
(tw for depression, fatphobia (challenged), homophobia, terminally ill character, islamophobia, racism (challenged), suicidal ideation)
the summer of everything by julian winters
contemporary romance, coming of age, friends to lovers, gay half black + half white mc
(tw for panic attacks, character with cancer)
*meet cute diary by emery lee
contemporary, fake dating, bi & trans afro-caribbean + white + japanese mc
(tw for panic attacks, misgendering, toxic relationships)
patron saints of nothing by randy ribay
contemporary mystery ish, half white + half filipino mc
(tw for drug use, police brutality, mention of sex trafficking)
*when we were infinite by kelly loy gilbert
contemporary, half white + half chinese mc
(tw for child abuse, attempted suicide, racism, panic attacks, depression)
to all the boys i’ve loved before by jenny han
contemporary romance, half white + half korean mc
(tw for death of a parent)
plus some that i haven’t read yet but really want to
*turtle under ice by juleah del rosario
contemporary, written in verse, half filipino + half chamorro mc
(tw for death of a parent, miscarriage)
*starfish by akemi dawn bowman
contemporary, half white + half japanese mc
(tw for emotional abuse, reference to sexual abuse, suicide attempt, childhood trauma, panic attacks, racism, ableism)
*firekeeper’s daughter by angeline boulley
thriller, half white + half indigenous mc
(tw for alcoholism, colorism, drug overdose (mentioned), drug use, kidnapping, murder, physical abuse, racism, sexual assault, suicide, violence)
*the black flamingo by david atta
contemporary, written in verse, gay half greek + half jamaican mc
(tw for drug use, homophobia (internalized), physical abuse, racism (internalized))
*everything within and in between by nikki barthelmess
contemporary, half white + half mexican mc
(tw for racism, child abandonment, drug use, alcoholism, abusive relationship (implied), sexual advances on a minor)
*sugar town queens by malla nunn
contemporary, half white + half black mc
(tw for racism, homophobia, forced institutionalization, emotional abuse, gun violence, violence, death of a parent, death of a child, sexual harassment, descriptions of blood)
(mixed people especially) feel free to add on with any other books! just know that if you add eleanor and park I will be blocking you immediately <3
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heather--moors · 10 hours ago
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10.22.21 I feel the seasons pass more quickly each year. It gets away from me. I always try and soak it in. School and work has taken much of my attention away. I tried to celebrate the harvest moon this week and had a drink with my family.
Above are my current reads and study setups, along with some seasonal views. I’m trying to soak up all the melancholy of October. Poetry seems to do that for me.
♥️ my Instagram
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cmacaulays · 3 months ago
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gwendolyn brooks / milsae / richard siken / mario miranda / ross gay / jacob van loop
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readingsometimes · 9 months ago
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If you haven’t ditched the Amazon-owned Goodreads in favor of the independent, Black-owned StoryGraph, what are you waiting for?
You can import your Goodreads data (so you won’t lose years of book tracking)!
You can get personal recommendations based on your current preferences!
It’s sleek af!
IT’S NOT OWNED BY AMAZON
Users can apply content warnings so you can avoid triggers before ever opening a specific book
The same applies for ‘mood’! Wanna read something sad? Find books tagged as ‘sad’, that’s literally it
IT’S NOT OWNED BY JEFF BEZOS
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lamenade · a month ago
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““You’re not a monster,” I said. But I lied. What I really wanted to say was that a monster is not such a terrible thing to be. From the Latin root monstrum, a divine messenger of catastrophe, then adapted by the Old French to mean an animal of myriad origins: centaur, griffin, satyr. To be a monster is to be a hybrid signal, a lighthouse: both shelter and warning at once.”
— Ocean Vuong, from “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous”
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galina · a month ago
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isn’t this public library a little bit stunning! sometimes my favourite thing about travelling is visiting libraries
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indarkreverie · 2 months ago
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Lizzy Hadfield
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