Writing Artist- Nia Andino
As I continue to share my pick of writing artists this month, I will also share some of my own visual art and writing as a contribution to National Poetry Writing Month. My painting above is a work in progress titled Coco Brothas. I am pairing it with my poem I Haven’t Kept Long Hours In My Blood which was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
I Haven’t Kept Long Hours In My Blood
Have you seen the bodies?
There are bloated effigies swaying above my tongue
Is there even a remedy?
While I burn with citrus
and grieve for coffee
My mother continues to crush garlic with honey for offerings
Places them like wreaths strung upon my adam’s apple
Gives a splash of rum
To charm all that I speak to with potency
It hurts to swallow
My throat, a cliff of dying dreams
While this eddy in my mouth
holds the palace to which my words are dragged