This poem was originally written last year in 2020, when I was taking a class called “Writing as Experiment” with poet Prof. Franny Choi. It was published with other poems in the chapbook I wrote, feel it all, which was shared with my classmates but never posted publicly. In the original version, there was a period after “break through me,” and “so why do i feel so sad?” was not in parentheses and is tabbed to be further on the page (Medium doesn’t allow for this); I have just added the parentheses as I’ve never been sure if I like…

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Today, April 16, is Selena Quintanilla-Pérez’s birthday. SQP, more commonly known as Selena, was a famous singer of the 1980s and 1990s decades, known for her contributions to the Latin music scene and her memorable fashion choices. ‘La Reina de Tejano’ was tragically killed in her hometown of Corpus Christi days before her 24th birthday; I’ll be celebrating my 24th birthday this year, which with all the racialized and gendered violence that is constantly occurring in the U.S., seems to be a blessing.

I believe it was the summer of 2020 when I watched the Selena movie for the first…

Protesters hold placards during a ‘Stop Asian Hate’ rally in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 20, days after deadly shootings at three local spas [Shannon Stapleton/Reuters]. Taken from Al Jazeera.

I would like to acknowledge that I am a Black woman living in a visibly Black body, and I do not claim to know the experiences of those in the AAPI community. I am not personally a part of the AAPI community, but I aim to be an ally to those who are; for, as a Black queer feminist, I believe that all racially/ethnically-marginalized people need to be united in the liberation struggle because we all need to be free. I also write this from a U.S. perspective. …

Hi everyone!

I’m Toni and I use she/her/hers pronouns. :) If you’re reading this, you probably already knew that, but my hope in the coming months is that you’ll get to know me better; because I think that even when we think we know someone, we don’t always really know them.

I’ve always struggled with voicing my thoughts and my struggles aloud, and writing every once in a while helps to bring down that wall. Most of the time, I voice my thoughts on Facebook; recently, at times, on Instagram. It’s so much easier to talk to you all when…

Toni Wilson

Toni Wilson (she/her) is a self-proclaimed writer from New York who is ready to share her words, however they come out.

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