Cross-Streets

Welcome to the tumblr home of Tara Betts. Author, professor and performer. The intersections of media come together like a street corner where all your friends meet.

Oil Spill by Tara Betts

When the knife enters and rotates,
hemorrhage spumes into currents.
Black blood tinged red laps pulse
into blue flushed with viscous night
clouds water. Fish bellies, obscured
white, still gills, stiff as clotted feathers
weighed down. No touch stems the flow.
Teacup ships float in a…

@somekindalova just made me miss Lake Shore Drive and this image of a contemplative Nia Long. #lovejones

@somekindalova just made me miss Lake Shore Drive and this image of a contemplative Nia Long. #lovejones

Meditative Week of Poetry: Tara Betts

largethingslargerthings:

image

That twenty five years ago pretends 

to take the time that one star travels

to naked eyes on earth.  The first man

to kiss her after her husband leaves

is an electrical socket, a canyon of blue

sparks, strobe lights, fire trucks, ambulance,

and megaphone all in one, even though he’s

quieter at times.  She noticed his hands

before lips fused them into unbreakable circuit.

From @evelynnalfred on tumblr: A villanelle by @tarabetts. “Damned Multi-tudes”

From @evelynnalfred on tumblr: A villanelle by @tarabetts. “Damned Multi-tudes”

"If I can’t feel it, I can’t write it."-Hilton Als. lastnightsreading: Hilton Als at Greenlight Bookstore, 11/7/13.

"If I can’t feel it, I can’t write it."-Hilton Als. lastnightsreading: Hilton Als at Greenlight Bookstore, 11/7/13.

John Jennings’ (jijennin70) ”Happy Funky Holidaze!!” -an homage to Melvin Van Peebles.

John Jennings’ (jijennin70) ”Happy Funky Holidaze!!” -an homage to Melvin Van Peebles.

With the people, for the people, by the people. I crack up when I hear it; I say, with the handful, for the handful, by the handful, cause that’s what really happens.

—Fannie Lou Hamer (via disciplesofmalcolm)

(Source: weallbe.blogspot.com, via sonofbaldwin)

“I want to be an honest man and a good writer.” -James Baldwin. I work on being a decent woman and a good writer every day. 

“I want to be an honest man and a good writer.” -James Baldwin. I work on being a decent woman and a good writer every day. 

(Source: cubbythecupboard, via jameyhatley)