Collab between me and the incredibly amazing @wordrummager. I don’t believe that a Photography/Poetry collab has ever been done so we thought it would be fun to try it. It was pretty challenging but I think it turned out great. I have a great amount of admiration for wordrummagers writing and photography and she is just an all around amazing person, so it was a lot of fun but also a true honor. Below is the transcript if it is too difficult to read on the photos. She has the italics and started off the prompt with the first photo/stanza. Enjoy!

Where the pull of memory
Spills like summer
Tasting of fresh green
Amongst steam and rust visions

The burning of the lock
All colors from rusted box
Until the painful thoughts flee
From heat and wrought

Almost afraid to look
Beyond a muddy edge
Where shimmery machinery stirs
The known and the forgotten

Headstrong to battle ‘gainst time
Combating the thirst of hateful savage
When the tried blow was painfully struck
Your mind bended knee to ravage

The pull of long-forgotten
tenderness remains strong
Within each sinew and sigh,
renewal, awaiting eager fields

Oh how sad,to have shattered the glass
To dusty home and splintered headboard
Where the glow of tomorrow, still snowflakes of sorrow
A long forgotten kingdom with tainted Lord

A lusty yell to a rusty beam
Pushes love into air thick with summer
And lightens lungs heavy
With want of remembered touch

My breath narrowly escapes, first as only a whisper
To blow away the wishes of the night
Towards forever and eternity’s delight
Oh, what a sight
 All these strands  
Of falling light

today i noticed that life is very short. life is so short that we must follow our dreams. that we must kiss the person we love. that we must say hello to strangers. eat that creamy chocolate bar we were craving. leave our friends and family with hugs and kisses instead of just saying goodbyes. we should look at the sky. gaze at the stars and count it too. smell the flowers, pick it and give it to your neighbours. look at our lovers face and memorize the twinkle in their eyes when they talk about their day. call our mothers. call our old friends. dance the night away till your feet give up. enjoy the little things before it’s too late. before it’s too late to enjoy life.
—  S.Bashir
I took so many photographs of you so that I could keep the memory of you alive.
—  Saudade // a.s

SARAH’S WOMB: a creative project of Black-Jewish solidarity

sarah’s womb is a collective, digital zine being curated by dia ( @blackamydunne ) and sefa ( @hintele ). we are looking for art, photography, poetry, short prose, personal stories, and any other forms of self-expression that can be published in a digital zine, and we’re looking for them from black people, jewish people, and black jewish people.

the histories and experiences of the black and jewish peoples often sing similar tunes, even if in different voices. we are resilient peoples who constantly fight for justice, who have experienced unspeakable hardships, and who have unique, beautiful stories to tell.

sarah’s womb will be a collective story told in several parts:

i. love (might include: romantic love, friendship, family, love for humanity, etc)

ii. loss (might include: loss of loved ones, loss of agency/opportunity, loss of knowledge, loss of home, etc)

iii. culture / traditions

iv. body / self (might include: work discussing how being black and/or jewish has shaped your view of yourself/your body)

v. diaspora

vi. justice (might include: work highlighting the historical coalitions between black people and jewish people, histories of standing up for what is right, current political commentary)

vii. solidarity and togetherness

these are intentionally broad, general topics so that your artwork isn’t restrained by parameters that would prevent you from telling your own personal story. the examples given above are just that – examples.

if you have any work that you would like to create or submit for sarah’s womb, please check that it fits the following guidelines and submit it to us!

-we are looking for content from any and all sorts of jewish people, but we are not interested in receiving, reading, or publishing work that is in defense of the illegitimate settler-colonial state of israel. additionally, we are not looking for content from Black Hebrew Israelites that denies the legitimacy of the judaism of any jewish people.

-submissions that include any manner of racism or antisemitism will be rejected immediately and without ceremony. this is not a platform for discourse, hostility, or arguments between black and jewish people.

-please do not submit work that includes graphic imagery. please refrain from using slurs or nazi imagery, for example. [if you feel that your work CANNOT exist without one of these things please discuss it with us privately and we will decide how to proceed]

-prose fiction submissions cannot exceed 3,000 words

-work that uses the work of others MUST include sources (and permission, if necessary)

-work must be submitted by August 10, 2017, as we want to publish the zine by the end of the summer

for more information about us and about the zine, check out our about page. to submit work, go to our submissions page.

if you have any questions, please send them to our ask box, or ask either of us personally! we are so excited to put this project together and to share with the world the experiences, artwork, writing, and other works from people who are black and/or jewish.

nonblack gentiles are strongly encouraged to reblog this post so that we can spread the word and receive content from as many black and/or jewish people as we can!