A Literary Journal
Scarlet is a bimonthly blog dedicated to publishing the work of artists whose pieces give voice to the complexities of our multiple identities. In keeping with JIP’s mission to uplift marginalized voices, Scarlet aims to showcase bold and unique framings of the view from the margins, giving strong preference to writing that questions norms and provokes discourse.
Here, for a transitory period, existence questioned sometimes,
I make you seen, an invisible pain killing me.
Alive again, I knew I wanted to begin with touch, my body’s torso, stroke without terror, as I walk towards his gramophone, to the wall hanging, Nina Simone singing at the background, of a place called “more”, and this time I didn’t have to swim.
Statue of NFL Hall of Fame inductee Jim Brown (Photo courtesy of the author). There
I wanted to belong — but I didn’t want to dress like everyone else. Down
Disclaimer One: The intended audience for this talk is mainly white writers, so I use
There has never been a consensus or even a plurality agreement among writers who identify
To say it now: I can hear the tangible skin of words — as one
Comedian Steve Harvey has a routine where he talks about the third eye of comedians.
The first time I held an infant in my arms I was eleven years old.
I was walking down Hollywood Boulevard with my half-sister, Judy. She’s 81, decades older than