A Dangerous Nostalgia : Poetry by Aaminah Shakur

“The coming summer sun reminds me of fun times, sexy games, and community pow-wows, picnics, and hopscotch with the neighborhood children. It transports me to a fiction where I only remember the comforting things and can ignore all the reasons things had to change. I conveniently forget that I almost died there, more than once.”

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Photo Album

by Aaminah Shakur Somewhere there is a photo Of my mother and father I’m told I look just exactly like her Only she was darker My mother who was Indigenous and Black On her father’s side Indigenous and Scots-Irish On her mother’s side My brother said our aunt showed it to him It is her […]

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Everybody Street

Everybody street Everybody is street Every body is a street body It’s a documentary About street photography In New York City A dozen, maybe 15, photographers Talking about what they do They are all white But they street? Jamel Shabazz is there Only Black man He street For real But everybody street? Nah A dozen […]

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It Is Better To Speak

by Aaminah Shakur “I was going to die, if not sooner then later, whether or not I had ever spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.” (Audre Lorde, “The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action”) Speak You have a voice So why don’t you use it? All […]

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Joy

To watch a baby laugh Is to see all the hope of the universe It sets everything to rights Reminds me of all the good that is possible There is a certain satisfaction To hear laughter or giggles in the other room Knowing that person you love Is present, is there, is alive is in […]

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Meet C. Streetlights -OTV’s Voice of Reason

There’s a good chance C. Streetlights became part of the mafia in New York City after sympathizing with her waitress at TGIFridays and her waitress gave her a large take out bag filled with sandwiches and desserts. “The family” took care of the bill, she told C., throwing her arms around her, kissing her on […]

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I’m Body Positive But Not Exactly Happy About It

Body acceptance and fat positivity, and how that connects with having an STI and being disabled, are issues I regularly write and talk about. Here’s a secret: I don’t always love my body. Here’s another “secret,” because people so rarely say this out loud: It’s ok to not always love your body. So, who the […]

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Senior Poetry Editor & Writer-In-Residence

Aaminah Shakur is a multiracial/multicultural queer crip artist, poet, art historian, and culture critic. They write about intersectional life, including disability/chronic illness, race, gender, sexuality, trauma, and of course, art. Aaminah Shakur began contributing to OTV as a poet, served as OTV’s first Artist in Residence, and has also contributed essays. As of Winter 2017, […]

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