I am a poetic prose investigator.
Sent to investigate the somatic self, the guttural feelings that arise in response to emotions.
I explore the themes of Black American identity, religion, the duality of relationships, love, the uncomfortable erotic, the space in between, home, and the merging together of the spirit, dream, and realistic worlds. How do these themes shape and shift our human nature? Do they? How are these worlds expressed in the written world? When addressing the human condition, I am invested in human consciousness as a constant condition and present positionality. As humans we are always dealing with and unpacking our emotions. I think about an experience past, or present that I have a somatic connection with/to. I write one line that I remember, feels capturing of that feeling, or someone said in the experience. Where do these triggers take us? What as humans do we refuse to connect with? What are we too afraid to unpack to/for ourselves?
Currently I am working on my first poetic prose book, Black and Blueprints, accounting a hodgepodge of relationships with self, place, time, spirit, sex, emotion, and race, mainly presented in chunks of charged poetic prose.
Photo by Nye Lyn Tho
Photo by Nye Lyn Tho
I know you’ve heard yes so many times before
but really, this time the answer is no.
My decision isn’t waxing or waning like the crescent moon
but rather full, heavy, weighted and bright.
Quite thoughtful to be exact.
Skillful like my love for you.
And if this is broken then let me say I will attack,
like a pack of hungry howling wolves
in search of their next meal.
This is not a game of trickery or out smarting the other.
This is as simple as my answer.
As strong as the scorpion’s venomous sting
I am ready.
© 2014 Ahmunet Jessica Jordon. All Rights Reserved.
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