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“…The history of emotion” Derek Walcott

“…The history of emotion” Derek Walcott

“Centuries of servitude have to be shucked; but there is no history, only the history of emotion.” -Derek Walcott What the twilight says -photo: shala monroque Roman Summer Night    



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Like warm womb water

Like warm womb water

Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Goude. -Musée des Arts Décoratifs



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Dear Elle France… since you didn’t do your homework…let me help you out.

Dear Elle France… since you didn’t do your homework…let me help you out.

January 28, 2012 | Tuning in to Josephine | 39 Comments

” We are not one monolithic group to be written about like zoo animals.” -Claire of fashion bomb daily. It couldn’t have been said better. The Elle France article made me think of Chimamanda Adichie’s speech for Ted Talks titled, “A single story.” It describes the danger of telling a single story of a people, […]



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The gift of the artist…

The gift of the artist…

January 6, 2012 | Tuning in to Josephine | 3 Comments

“…I improvised, crazed by the music…Even my teeth and eyes burned with fever. Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone.” I used to have this quote from Josephine Baker on my Pop blog and I thought it to be so powerful. […]



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A luxury of easiness: a lofty answer to a complex question

A luxury of easiness: a lofty answer to a complex question

December 25, 2011 | Tuning in to Josephine | 8 Comments

Dear ————-,   It’s funny, I was always so cynical about things like world peace but something strange has happened.  I would always make fun of John Lennon’s song Imagine, “how could he imagine such a thing as world peace?  It’s so stupid” I’d tell myself, and anyone who would listen.  But slowly this summer, […]



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Your son…

Your son…

November 24, 2011 | Tuning in to Josephine | 7 Comments

August 8th, 1968 Dearest Dad,   Well… I know you probably wonder what happened to me ——– Well nothing good.  I just quit Little Richard.  He didn’t pay us for 5 ½ weeks… and you can’t live on promises when you’re on the road – So I had to cut that mess loose – And […]



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“it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back So shake him off!” Florence Welsh

“it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back So shake him off!” Florence Welsh

Regrets collect like old friends Here to relive your darkest moments I can see no way, I can see no way And all of the ghouls come out to play And every demon wants his pound of flesh But I like to keep some things to myself I like to keep my issues strong It’s […]



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Brown Girl in a blue dress

Brown Girl in a blue dress

I am a brown girl in a blue dress My smile is tortured in my fists My aspirations hang down like willow wisps My teeth are eating at my palms I rub my face painting on a mask With my own blood   The wind will only cake the blood I guess after it has […]



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Omg, I’ve discovered tumblr. And I’m obsessed.

Omg, I’ve discovered tumblr. And I’m obsessed.

September 7, 2011 | Tuning in to Josephine | 7 Comments

Why it took me so long I’ll never know.  Anyway take a look.  Shalasrabbithole.tumblr.com



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Orange blossoms on an old porcelain platter

Orange blossoms on an old porcelain platter

There are orange blossoms on my mum’s head.  The wind caresses her face – the petals fall about her feet like snow – slow and gentle.  She stands in the orchard beckoning to bees and hummingbirds.  Another breeze blows and she curtsies as if to the quadrille and once more the orange blossoms glide to […]



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