Seashells For Teeth
Radical Black & Brown Feminist Poet Artist Bringing What I Need Into The Universe

Alia Shawkat - Dossier Magazine - September 2009

How do you know you’re in love?


—COMMON: Man, I know I’m in love when I think about her a lot and I’m finding ways to get to that person. Even though I gotta work, even though I gotta take care of other responsibilities, I’m like yo, when am I gonna fly out and see that person? I look forward to seeing them.
—KENDRICK LAMAR: How do you know you’re in love? When your heart feels it instead of your mind and your penis don’t. You know, it’s deeper than that… That’s when you know.
—PETE ROCK: Oh man you feel it right here, *touches heart*, right there, it’s like cupid’s shooting you in the heart, that shit’s just BOOW! Lots of people say they don’t believe in love at first sight, but I do, it’s happened to me.
—A$AP ROCKY: You know you in love cuz you don’t want nobody else but that person. You know, that’s how you know for sure. Like you could see a million other bad bitches, but you know, but it don’t even matter, you stuck.
—BIG BOI: Your heart flutters a little bit, you like to kiss on the mouth a lot, your neck get hot when you kiss on the mouth, that type of stuff. Stuff like that, yea.
—QUESTLOVE: I THINK WHEN THAT PERSON CONSUMES YOU.
juju-be-art:

Lorna Simpson, The Caresse, 2011. Collage And Ink On Paper
fuckyeahfeministartandliterature:

Angela West, Too much for you, 2009.
mpdrolet:

Bunch, 2012
Diane Scherer

Never Going Back Again (acoustic duet)—Fleetwood Mac

sublimespy:

Nir Hod’s new exhibition, which opens tonight at Paul Kasmin Gallery, examines the beauty in loneliness.
Nir HodI Want Always to Be Remembered in Your Heart, 2013 oil on canvas 73 1/2 x 94 1/2 inches 186.7 x 240 cm

1. I’m lonely so I do lonely things.

2. Loving you was like going to war, I never came back the same.

3. You hate women, just like your father and his father, so it runs in your blood.

4. I was wandering the derelict car park of your heart looking for a ride home.

5. You’re a ghost town I’m too patriotic to leave.

6. I stay because you’re the beginning of the dream I want to remember.

7. I didn’t call him back because he likes his girls voiceless.

8. It’s not that he’s wants to be a liar, it’s just that he doesn’t know the truth.

9. I couldn’t love you, you were a small war.

10. We covered the smell of loss with jokes.

11. I didn’t want to fail at love like our parents.

12. You made the nomad in me build a house and stay.

13. I’m not a dog.

14. We were trying to prove our blood wrong.

15. I was still lonely so I did even lonelier things.

16. Yes, I’m insecure, but so was my mother and her mother.

17. No, he loves me he just makes me cry a lot.

18. He knows all of my secrets and still wants to kiss me.

19. You were too cruel to love for a long time.

20. It just didn’t work out.

21. My dad walked out one afternoon and never came back.

22. I can’t sleep because I can still taste him in my mouth.

23. I cut him out at the root , he was my favourite tree, rotting, threatening the foundations of my home.

24. The women in my family die waiting.

25. Because I didn’t want to die waiting for you.

26. I had to leave, I felt lonely when he held me.

27. You’re the song I rewind until I know all the words and I feel sick.

28. He sent me a text that said ‘I love you so bad’

29. His heart wasn’t as beautiful as his smile.

30. We emotionally manipulated one another until we thought it was love.

31. Forgive me, I was lonely so I chose you.

32. I’m a lover without a lover

33. I’m lovely and lonely.

34. I belong deeply to myself.


-34 excuses for why we failed at love, Warsan Shire
lostinurbanism:

Rashid Johnson
Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.
-Lao Tzu 
fashionri0t:

easy come easy go 

pop for us

break fur us

lock for us

hate for us 

-musings on “americanhiphop”

theblackdecameron:

Rocking out with the “Tokyo Beatles,” 1964
TEENAGE WASTELAND: JAPANESE YOUTH IN REVOLT, 1964