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Safia Elhillo • صافية الحلو  SAAH-fya el-HILL-oh • asmar ya asmarani • alien from sudanese origin • author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press) • utopian blkgrl

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my beoble see u in philly aug 19 ✨

happy 23rd birthday, little one

you were so special. so, so special. i'm so sorry we lost you, that we couldn't make it easier for you when you were here. Ai Elo, formerly Shelell Freeman, was radiant and gifted and touched so many of us.
HER BREATH by Ross Gay, with thanks to @pbw_poet
Wasn't she in that midnight moon
so wide, each beam an arm of light
whitening the canyon wall's spiny lines,
her opaque stare a luminous vision
of those elusive heart-shredding joys
millions of them, like steam
smoking from rain-splashed August asphalt; you
know them: her her voice, her breath, the smell of the god-sent
crook between her chin and neck, all so much
the glint across the canyon's vast gape, miles
away that tiny fire's windblown blade casting light
on all we have, which is nothing, nothing at all,
except that which we love.

a lil preview--this is the first of a two-part series of lyric essays, up today on Medium's new subscription-based platform as part of a series in partnership with @beotiscreative (artwork by my genius habiba @daralnaimart)

a v generous reading & review of #thejanuarychildren by Brenna M. Munro at Public Books ✨

talked with my habibas on Friday for Saint Heron x Pitchfork x YCA, & i-D covered it in this lovely piece ✨

a few months ago i chatted with @gaamangwe_mogami for @africa_in_dialogue & our conversation has been reprinted in Air Botswana's inflight magazine 🎊

hi greetings did you come to pitchfork to hear some #poetry yeah us neither

& another & another & another--bc how rare it is for so many of my loved ones to be in one room, in one city, at the same time. thanks to all who took photos & shared them with us i am EMOTIONS (thanks for the space @saintheron x @teenvogue x @pitchfork, xoxo to @armina.mussa)

thank you @saintheron x @teenvogue x @armina.mussa for this magic space & for letting me hang out with some of my favorite humans tonight ✨

loitering ft some pillars of the chicago community

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