Ashley M. Young, creator of Brown Girl Love, here! I just finished a chapbook associated with this project called Brown Girl Love. A chapbook is a 16 to 20 page mini-book of poetry and I am now in the process of editing and publication under Brown Girl Love Press in late 2012/2013.
Here’s the opening poem to the book and the inspiration for Brown Girl Love:
a secret place for brown girls
we would gather at a tree-house called woman
and live in her lovely branches filled with light.
we’d break bark and dance barefoot
in the ancient blood of a dying nature.
we’d drink fire and spit out words of gold
and embrace with arms as big as the sky.
we’d get naked and hang up our masks,
our proper English and our nine to fives
and try not to sleep with each other.
we’d tell loud stories until our sides
split with laughter and find Africa hidden in our eyes.
we’d brush nappy strands and re-twist aging locs
without question, confess and give birth
to what young girls hide and loss and forget.
we would use our hands solely for creating
and stop placing them over our mounds
like our cunts are a dirty secret birthplace.
we’d invite a trauma specialist to tend to
gushing wounds, re-stitch the unraveling seams
of the heart and be grown women rocked to sleep
by healing hands. we’d breathe deeply
so much so that air would have to bring in
re-enforcements and we’d exhale shamelessly.
i’d invite all the bruised up woman i’ve ever
been in love with and we’d chant to the goddess
in a language we could all understand – ase, ase, ase