Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Dope 30 ft. tall, mural version of the #ItEndsHere poster put up at the Paint PHX event in Phoenix, AZ last weekend on International Women’s Day. Amazing work!

jaquefragua x greyeyesart rocking it. 


  • The US Government: We're not going to make it federally mandatory for people to get paid a wage they can actually live off of
  • The US Government: If people want to make a living, they'll just have to work 16+ hours a day
  • The US Government: And if their kids end up disenfranchised because of a lack of parental involvement, well that's not our problem
  • The US Government: In fact, what is our problem is creating a system that will funnel these disenfranchised youth into our prison system so they can work for corporations (that promise us money) for damn near free
  • The US Government: If they don't want to fall victim to this system, then they can seek higher education
  • The US Government: Except such an education will be inaccessible to most disenfranchised people and skewed in favor of the financially stable and white people
  • The US Government: And we're not going to make intervention programs like sex education and conflict resolution federally mandatory, because that's the parent's job
  • The US Government: The parent who is working 16 hours a day





an aesthetic that will never go out of style: making others feel loved, needed, and important 





Power Lines is a politically charged coming of age story about a young Diné (Navajo) poet who runs away and finds home.

Klee is making a movie y’all. Help him out with a donation via the link to the campaign and/or reblog.

Support indigenous art!

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How to generate a fractal using an IFS (iterated function system).


How to generate a fractal using an IFS (iterated function system).

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What is disaster pornography? Africans define it as the Western media’s habit of blacking out Africa’s stock markets, cell phones, heart surgeries, soaring literacy and increasing democratization, while gleefully parading its genocides, armed conflicts, child soldiers, foreign debts, hunger, disease and backwardness. Gbemisola Olujobi, Nigerian journalist (Via the December 2007 issue of Ebony magazine)  (via the-cat-inside)




This is why I watch k-dramas <3 

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your naked body is a beautiful beautiful thing. be proud of it. you are the only person in the world who owns one exactly like it.

Please stop calling this a nation of immigrants. We are not a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of colonizers, ex-slaves, ghosts of genocide victims, and preferred immigrants. Maurice Lucas Goes IN (via sonofbaldwin)



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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


"Honest Confessions on Letting Go" - Kevin Kantor

I am in love with him.

When I gave your blazer back, I left everything else you’d ever given me in the right breast pocket.
Not because I didn’t want it; believe me when I say it almost killed me to let it go.
I gave it all back because I simply had nowhere to put it anymore.
I returned every sweaty ‘I love you’, every drunken goodnight text, every 2 AM phone call that always seemed to be an emergency.
I returned these things because my heart is only so big, and hoarding all of your junk isn’t going to put us back together.
All it will do is keep anyone else who tries to wade through the mess from ever finding me again.
Mia S. Willis, “Return to Sender” (via poetinthehat)


This is Buddy Wakefield.

You may know him, or know of him—he’s one of slam poetry’s legends, and he pretty much coined the formula we are all, by now, becoming tired of. He’s a talented, kind, intelligent man with a huge heart and way more hope than is safe for a human to have. This is him doing a TEDx talk about how he is the way he is. It’s like a 20-minute long spoken word piece and it’s very hard to take your eyes off of, because that’s just what he does.

A few weeks ago, we at words(on)pages had the pleasure of attending a workshop with this father of contemporary spoken word, and we took notes for you. These are those notes. Happy writing.

Buddy’s #1 piece of advice

  • don’t fake cry—it’s embarrassing.

Buddy on writer’s block

  • it’s a myth rooted in laziness
  • you don’t need to be brilliant every time you sit down to write—just show up every day
  • if you write one sweet little line, find one gem each day for 30 days, you’ve got 30 gems to string together in a poem

Buddy on getting on stage for the first time

  • know you’re going to be nervous
  • know that’s okay
  • false confidence won’t resonate with anyone
  • so be honest
  • (not vocally, necessarily, just honest)
  • (you don’t need to say, “Man I’m so nervous—it’s my first time”)
  • (you just don’t need to pretend you aren’t nervous)
  • allow the feeling to unfold the way it will, not the way you want it to

Buddy’s evolution

  • he was always looking to write himself into the light
  • and that formula became ubiquitous
  • he no longer wanted to be a part of it
  • “fucking the hearts of the judges to get a bastard 10”
  • so he hasn’t written anything to completion since 2011
  • “all my life I’ve been writing my idea self, and only in practice have I gotten closer to being that guy”
  • he bought a house, bought a landscaping company
  • he left the community of tragedy addicts

Buddy on authenticity and fine-tuning

  • “If you’re boring, you’re boring. Badass. Embrace it.”
  • your writing doesn’t have to be for a crowd
  • do not be afraid to rebuild—you have to, if you want to be classic
  • unpack clichés
  • not just clichéd phrases, but clichéd words (eg. “soul, reality, thighs”)
  • read your poem start to finish, and stop as soon as it stops resonating
  • recognize the moment
  • it doesn’t have to be a big word—it could be a conjunction, an article
  • sometimes there is no ending
  • stop looking in extremes
  • stop “purporting heaviness unnecessarily”
  • sometimes there is a feeling you get after doing a poem successful too many times
  • when you get that feeling of insincerity, stop doing it
  • skepticism and cynicism are easy, lazy traits