mane | Natasha Carrizosa
i am the mother of a lion i am grateful for . . . i am skeptical of . . . i am the mother of judah praises be unto The Most High fire burn anythang an’ anyone that does not recognize his mane his tribe he comes from royal bloodline i have a difficult time sending him back to school this means him leaving me - his mother leaving HIM - his father still we send him off to unfamiliar place hoping he recognizes his face and the holiness that is within kindergarten was tantrums a box made of tape (designed by his teacher) for him to sit in when he could not be still i am the mother of a lion i am no longer grateful i refuse to accept the cage the meetings the politics/poly tricks of school i am the mother of a lion and you will honor him as such
She is author of mexiafricana, heavy light, and crown.
Her work has recently been published in ¡Manteca! – an anthology of Afro-Latino poets and R2: The Rice Review (Rice University.) She has performed her work and conducted workshops for audiences in Madrid, Paris, St. Lucia, New York, Chicago, Houston and countless other cities.
Her love for the arts inspired the creation of natty roots & rhyme – one of the most dynamic poetry open mics in the country.
She teaches creative writing in Houston for WITS (Writers In The Schools.) Natasha also does work for CoolSpeak – a youth engagement company. She speaks, facilitates workshops, and inspires thousands of students around the country each year.
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