Whitney French Releases Her Debut Collection “Three Cities”



by Shanae Smith

Born with fair skin

full lips

Beautiful brown eyes

Looking right towards the sky

Five hours and 20 min.

she’s all mine

my arms cradled her

while my hands held her tight

for this night was the best night of my life.

Morning has come

already my worry has begun

to me she was perfection

deserved all of my love and affection

life had a whole nother lesson for her

society’s definition of beautiful stood at the extent of her long curly hair

how would i tell her

should i start by saying

there is no such thing as black and white

just a world full of people

filled with insecurities they feel they must hide

divided by pride and a bunch of hatred inside

tricked by the illusion of colour

i would have to explain to her why a white man is pink and a black man is really brown

one day i will tell her that the world is cold but

no matter what you stay bold

hold your  ground and never frown

don’t let anything they throw at you get you down

image is just an excuse they use to amuse

refuse to take form to an inevitable norm

remember where you came from

always know where you’re going

steer clear of confusion

even if the rain is pouring

cause precision is the way to growth.

after all this my dear,

Mommy just wants you to know that

” I love you”

and soon you will know that all i have said

is true and to just “Be you.”

(from HOLLA!)


by Shanae 

Sweaty palms of my own demise

cover my face to block the sunrise

i should’ve



but i didn’t

now here i am still sittin

waiting for time fly by

looking for another reason why

i should have

could have

would have

but i didn’t

get out of bed or is it all just in my head

somehow my thoughts are being mislead

could it be my brain just needs to be fed

i wanna run free but

something is keeping me.

by Shanae

Holla!: The Book Launch

‘Bleeding Light’ by Sheniz Janmohamed


Sheniz Janmohamed is a spoken word artist and freelance writer. A graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Guelph, she is the founder of Ignite Poets, an initiative that allows young poets to work together for peace. Her first book Bleeding Light is a collection of poems in ghazal form that traces the steps of a woman’s journey through night. She knows that in order to witness dawn, she has to travel through dusk first. Throughout her journey, she is caught between West and East, religion and heresy, love and anti-love, darkness and the knowledge of light. Each couplet is an independent thought and reflection, a pearl strung into a necklace. Bleeding Light is fraught with opposing, stark and often violent imagery heavily influenced by Sufi philosophy.


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