Your Grandmother's Antique - Ruminate Magazine

Your Grandmother's Antique

August 13, 2020

Your grandmother, whose mouth you know so well, once told you the body will listen when the earth speaks.

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Avalon - Ruminate Magazine

Avalon

August 04, 2020

I know now what it means to be full to bursting with eager limbs, tears, and milk. I know, too, what it means to stretch something open with my own fullness by way of desire.

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Thirsty - Ruminate Magazine

Thirsty

July 30, 2020

At his room next morning they said, “He wanted us to tell you he was always thirsty. Now what do you figure that’s about?”

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Horizon - Ruminate Magazine

Horizon

July 28, 2020

The snow is thick, alive and panting, a roaring wall of white in the space between my father and me.

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A Poetry Editor’s Guide to Ruminate - Ruminate Magazine

A Poetry Editor’s Guide to Ruminate

July 24, 2020

I’ve tried to quantify my time here. In close to six years as poetry editor, I’ve read and evaluated near 10,000 poetry submissions, worked with over 250 poets, and co-edited twenty-four issues. However, I can’t quite quantify what I’ve learned from Ruminate—the community it’s extended to me, the people I’ve learned from and with along the way. In preparing an editorial handbook for the two incredible poets who will soon take up my position, I tried to distill the essential duties of being po...

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Nova - Ruminate Magazine

Nova

July 23, 2020

She said nothing, placed a hand on his forearm. Already their spirits were shrinking, an unletting of birthday-bright balloons.

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Sign of the Times - Ruminate Magazine

Sign of the Times

July 21, 2020

Openings are one part mystery, one part miracle. Who’s to say when they will occur, or what will result. 

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Given Light and a Mother Who Was Always Dying in Secret - Ruminate Magazine

Given Light and a Mother Who Was Always Dying in Secret

July 17, 2020

Dragonflies can tell the real stars from glint on lake-surface. They fly to lesser suns, their wings open to duty, dipping to mire. 

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Rewriting History - Ruminate Magazine

Rewriting History

July 16, 2020

It’s hot, air thick / as maple syrup, and mosquitos feast / on any flesh they find. Our bites bleed / blue as we lie in the grass

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On bee-ing free: racial justice, surviving apocalypse, and paying attention - Ruminate Magazine

On bee-ing free: racial justice, surviving apocalypse, and paying attention

July 15, 2020

White supremacy doesn’t just uphold police brutality and mass incarceration, migrant detention and colonial extraction on Native land; it’s death-dealing and ordinary and wants to last forever.

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The Wind - Ruminate Magazine

The Wind

July 14, 2020

Our parents rode in the enclosed cabin of our classic white Ford truck. They were talking but we couldn’t hear them. They never looked back to see us and we knew there was no room for us up in that sweetly, quiet cab.

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To Remember A Stranger - Ruminate Magazine

To Remember A Stranger

July 13, 2020

The more people I have met, the closer I have been to suffering. Many times, this makes me want to not meet more people, and, in fact, un-meet people, like a girl in a video I resent having seen or a boy in a gas station at which I didn’t have to stop.

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Writer's Habits: The Importance of Non-Writing Writing - Ruminate Magazine

Writer's Habits: The Importance of Non-Writing Writing

July 10, 2020

...if you saw me by the side of the road, perhaps taking a photo with my phone of some wild grapes, you wouldn’t think I’m writing, but I am—more non-writing writing.

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Woman - Ruminate Magazine

Woman

July 08, 2020

Mom turns to sand. She becomes my mother. No edges.

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Hazy Skies - Ruminate Magazine

Hazy Skies

July 06, 2020

Where I am living now, the seasons have no pivot... Springs are mercurial, senselessly violent in their cold and snow. I experience winter here like a death, wait endlessly for a green that will outgrow my grief.

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On bee-ing free: racial justice, surviving apocalypse, and paying attention - Ruminate Magazine

On bee-ing free: racial justice, surviving apocalypse, and paying attention

June 25, 2020

White supremacy doesn’t just uphold police brutality and mass incarceration, migrant detention and colonial extraction on Native land; it’s death-dealing and ordinary and wants to last forever.

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One More River to Cross - Ruminate Magazine

One More River to Cross

June 22, 2020

Daesha Devón Harris's visual art appears in Issue 48: Exposure.

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Self-Deception in the #PublishingPaidMe Marketplace - Ruminate Magazine

Self-Deception in the #PublishingPaidMe Marketplace

June 18, 2020

If I think too much about the racial inequalities in the publishing industry, it might push me to the point where I stop writing.

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MaDear + Gran

MaDear + Gran"Daddy"

June 14, 2020

Letitia Huckaby's visual art appears in Issue No. 54: The Everyday.

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Isaac

Isaac

June 13, 2020

Raven Leilani's poem appeared in Issue No. 44: Small. 

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A Scream - Ruminate Magazine

A Scream

June 11, 2020

It seems insidiously cruel that we don’t get to be asymptomatic carriers for the prejudice and hatred that others infect us with.

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A Quiet Truth - Ruminate Magazine

A Quiet Truth

June 05, 2020

In America they kill their children. Someone thinks this of us. It may be true. If we are brave enough to see and accept that it is, what will we do about it?

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On Constructive Anger - Ruminate Magazine

On Constructive Anger

June 04, 2020

Being Black and being a woman, I have a complicated relationship with anger. Sometimes I am reluctant to show anger, irritation, or frustration for fear of being labeled an “Angry Black Woman”...Unfortunately, I am frequently angry when existing in most spaces.

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A Moment for Communal Listening - Ruminate Magazine

A Moment for Communal Listening

June 04, 2020

In an effort to come to terms with the voices that we have ignored or silenced as a nation, we will be taking a week to listen and honor the Black voices within our creative community. 

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Ruminate's Role in this Moment - Ruminate Magazine

Ruminate's Role in this Moment

June 03, 2020

One of our roles as individuals is to dedicate space to listen to those who name this truth with uncompromising honesty—the grief, the pain, the anger, the sorrow. Another is to transform this listening into self-reflection and from reflection into action. To do things that you can do even if they seem too small to make a difference.

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Out of the Wildflowers - Ruminate Magazine

Out of the Wildflowers

May 28, 2020

And the wildflowers. The wildflowers pushing against all odds, against this endlessly small room, this seed encasing the pivotal word: might. They come. They are mighty.

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Woman - Ruminate Magazine

Woman

May 21, 2020

I told her she was the perfect mom. This was when she tried to pull the tubes from her arms the gloves from her hands. One of the nurses said, “Oh, she’s a fighter.” 

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Given Light and a Mother Who Was Always Dying in Secret - Ruminate Magazine

Given Light and a Mother Who Was Always Dying in Secret

May 14, 2020

No one remembers her mother right or observes the rites to keep her whole. The woman becomes fragments, patches for quilts, and the daughter loses the needle, what North should have drawn from her hand and pinned where she could always find it.

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This is the Day - Ruminate Magazine

This is the Day

May 07, 2020

All we’ve ever had is this day with its daylily moments—bright, crisp, delectable. Shriveled by the next morning. As my hair grays and my bones grow fragile, life feels more and more like those time-lapse nature films we watched in grade school. As the pandemic arrived, someone sped up the projector. Sunrise, sunset. Moments quick as a hummingbird’s heart.

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Postpartum Balding in the Time of the Pandemic - Ruminate Magazine

Postpartum Balding in the Time of the Pandemic

May 05, 2020

Every day I read about the spread of corona, concentric circles that keep edging closer and closer to my world. And the economic ruin it's triggered. Climate change. The election. Meanwhile, a bald patch forms at my temple. I cut my hair into a bob and wear it down every day to cover it. 

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Social Distance, Then and Now - Ruminate Magazine

Social Distance, Then and Now

April 30, 2020

In those months, months of northern winter when my husband took the car to work and I existed alone with a baby in the American suburbs, the sheer brutality of our way of life rained down on me and showed me that I had not, before, understood.

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The Day You Were Dying - Ruminate Magazine

The Day You Were Dying

April 28, 2020

I ate lunch looking out at the struggling town and remembered the day your son and I showed up unannounced on your doorstep and shared our news, and how you invited the nearest relatives to celebrate our engagement with burritos and Pepsi in your formal dining room, our paper-wrapped meal eaten over a crocheted lace tablecloth.

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Feathered Hope - Ruminate Magazine

Feathered Hope

April 23, 2020

Are bird songs only a matter of mating propositions and territorial disputes? Or might the Carolina wren tell bawdy jokes? Does the tufted titmouse have political aspirations? Is the mourning dove actually a comedian?

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Ruminate Happenings Spotlight on Leslie Pearson - Ruminate Magazine

Ruminate Happenings Spotlight on Leslie Pearson

April 22, 2020

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Atonement - Ruminate Magazine

Atonement

April 21, 2020

Finding myself in a seven-year-old world of hurt, I hastily replaced the garbage can’s lid, kicked off my skates, clutched them to my chest, and sprinted through the Pauls’ and Toners’ grassy front yards to the quiet haven of my own room.

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