What’s a White Poet to do for Black History Month?

A couple years ago, I got booked to perform at the Black History Month celebration at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. I was excited, no doubt…but also a little confused.

Holiday Present: Mom Has a Girlfriend

Holiday Present My mom told me she’s a lesbian and it rained for a week, not because she told me she’s a lesbian but because sometimes it just rains like that in December, when families get together around nine shining candles or one electrified tree or whatever they light

Mayans, McDonalds, and the Real Apocalypse of 2012

Do you think the world is going to end in 2012? I look over at the young Italian woman who asked the question, thinking she’s joking. But by the look in her eyes, I know she’s dead serious. And I can’t say I blame her, given our surroundings.

Relearning the Beautiful Game

                                [This piece originally appeared in the December issue of The Progressive magazine] Whoever said sports and politics don’t mix should come spend a Sunday in the Bay Area. Meet me here near the Golden Gate…

How I’m Voting: From (Not) Obama to Every Proposition in California

Well, it’s about time. After almost two years and over $2 billion dollars that mostly rich people have spent (wasted? invested?) on the presidential campaign alone, Election Day is finally here. This Obama/Romney circus has been going on so long – and has had such little substance -  it’s even…