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Poetry: Ariana Brown and the NO ROMANCE Open Mic

Wed, Feb 14 2018 7:15 pm


Ariana Brown is an award winning poet. Her work is about her body and overcoming self image and shame that comes with the physical presence.

The night starts off with an open mic then Ariana will finish the night with her reading. 7:15 doors, 8:00 open mic, 10:00 feature.


A Division of Gods– Ariana Brown

while visiting Templo Mayor in Mexico City, i reckon:

walking the same land Cortés walked        tried to own.

in the shadow of his Cathedral,

i too, am a mass of gold & black.

Templo Mayor is now a museum.

are there records of black people

visiting plantations and crying?

my body is the context.

Templo Mayor is open 9AM – 5PM today.

what makes people want to tour the end

of something? Archaeologists

had to break the temple walls                         in order to learn more about them.

my history, returning to me always

in pieces.

across from the Cathedral, someone sells Aztec


t- shirts.

how many spells i’ve said

under my breath since i sharpened

my wet eyes & set my palm to the ground.

the Cathedral’s holier house

waits its turn to sink

& my classmate remarks

on the tour guide’s “good English.”

i enter the Cathedral

so i cannot be afraid of it

but only after returning

to the temple.                                                                 & i do not touch the stones –

each volcanic rock carried by hand to the construction.

each stone split

by European hand &

thrust into the Cathedral.

i don’t know if you understand the meaning of ruins:

everything old is made new

or gone.



Wed, Feb 14 2018
7:15 pm
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