a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
how else might a pandemic abscond, so freely, with
all the bananas and semesters in our hourglass
socials – tectonic – as a DMZ – and a false self president
time check – iphone – atomic – as any mirage
a fake answer – to an untrue question
am I? – only – what a system does –
to things – like me – how a city rubs –
against things – like me – or – am I?
made – out of more – honest material.
i ask because – our naked – must be –
what we wear – in the future
hold on – only – to what holds on –
to us – knowing – the plain truth –
of a black hole – must signal –
a worthwhile – beginning.
Poet, author, mixed-media performance artist, and activist Brad Walrond is a graduate of The City College of New York and earned his M.A in Political Science from Columbia University. Brad’s poetics, performance, and multi-disciplinary work spans between virtual reality, identity formation, and human consciousness at the intersection of race, gender, sex, and desire. His work provokes explorations of how we experience historical, remembered, and imagined time to encourage us to piece together the common and conflicting threads of our human inheritance by interrogating the identity’s great power and contradictions. Brad’s poetics and praxis has taken him across the country and as far as São Paulo, Brazil and Taipei, Taiwan. Brad Walrond’s debut collection Every Where Alien published by Moore Black Press explores the author’s own black queer exploration of the world, mapped onto the discovery of co-occurring art and resistance movements among New York City’s underground communities.