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.
gabrielteodros:

Octavia’s Brood is being released April 2015 on AK Press, and is available for pre-order now wherever books are sold! Check the amazing list of contributors… so excited to be a part of this project.
The book will include short stories from LeVar Burton, Terry Bisson, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Alixa Garcia, Autumn Brown, Bao Phi, David Walker, Dani McClain, Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Gabriel Teodros, Jelani Wilson, Kalamu ya Salaam, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Mia Mingus, Morrigan Phillips, Tara Betts, Tunde Oluniran, Vagabond, adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha, essays by Tananarive Due and Mumia Abu-Jamal, as well as an introduction by Sheree Renee Thomas.

gabrielteodros:

Octavia’s Brood is being released April 2015 on AK Press, and is available for pre-order now wherever books are sold! Check the amazing list of contributors… so excited to be a part of this project.

The book will include short stories from LeVar Burton, Terry Bisson, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Alixa Garcia, Autumn Brown, Bao Phi, David Walker, Dani McClain, Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Gabriel Teodros, Jelani Wilson, Kalamu ya Salaam, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Mia Mingus, Morrigan Phillips, Tara Betts, Tunde Oluniran, Vagabond, adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha, essays by Tananarive Due and Mumia Abu-Jamal, as well as an introduction by Sheree Renee Thomas.

Spotlight: Tara Betts

dossiesmoot:

Tara Betts

I write, read, perform, smile, laugh, love, and fight hard. My competition is beauty inherent in the cadence of el trains, toxic pastels in a New Jersey skyline, and the buzzing thrum of hive called NY. I believe there is so much worth living for and saving.
— Tara Betts

The Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers 2014 welcomes Tara Betts, a poet described as “gifted…

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Because sister is doing all of this asana’s balanced handstand fiercely.  mynameisjessamyn:

I can definitely feel myself growing with this pose every week. It’s never enough. I’m fully immersed. I’m addicted. Call the doctor- I need help.

Because sister is doing all of this asana’s balanced handstand fiercely.  mynameisjessamyn:

I can definitely feel myself growing with this pose every week. It’s never enough. I’m fully immersed. I’m addicted. Call the doctor- I need help.

(Source: mynameisjessamyn)

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.