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#3amblackpoetry in July, Day 29: Levitate

If I had to give everything a cute name or title, I would call today “Pay on the Way Day.” That is because I had to create and send invoices for projects and work I’m excited to produce and share. It feels especially good as I approach the end of #3amblackpoetry in July.

Keep in mind, the pay that will follow these paydays aren’t just for my pockets, but to also invest in and advance my next steps as a “writer, artist, and cultural savant.” You can help, too, by visiting and making a purchase from the new 3 AM IS THE NEW BLACK online store: https://bit.ly/3OkyedM

Sunshine and laughter. – Reza Rites

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Anyone who has put on a successful event knows that the smoother it looks, the more filled it was with planning, strategizing, delegating, and all the ings. That is to say, there is what happens before an audience, and what happens behind closed doors and/or around the boardroom table. The same is often true for writers, artists, and creatives who set up to sell or share work.

I’ve been writing a good deal about my behind-the-scenes process, but for Day 28, I am excited to share details about some in-person, patron-driven events I will be part of. Details about both are below, but if you happen to be there, or are curious, I will have my normal 3 AM IS THE NEW BLACK vending set-up and “mobile studio,” which includes stickers, bookmarks, postcards with and without pre-written poems, and my typewriter set-up for those requesting on-the-spot, original greeting cards and poems. I am excited to announce that I will ALSO be sharing links, QR codes and “coupons” for the new 3 AM IS THE NEW BLACK online store.

The new store houses tee-shirts, hoodies, bags, pouches, and even a custom-designed yoga mat! I also have e-book versions of some of my poetry collections, including Las Canciones de la Sirena/Siren Song. To peruse – and purchase – visit https://bit.ly/3OkyedM.

Thanks for your support! – Reza Rites

North Attleboro Farmers Market
Wednesday, August 3, 5-8pm.
43 South Washington Street
North Attleboro, MA 02760

Anti-Robot Club’s Market Place
Saturday, August 20, 3-7pm
at (the) Farm Fresh RI (headquarters)
10 Sims Ave.
Providence, RI

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#3amblackpoetry in July, Day 27: Levitate

Earlier today I came to a somewhat arresting and almost painful truth: #3amblackpoetry in July is like a monthlong writing retreat, but without the guesthouse, people cooking and cleaning for you, and without the wide open space and time to create at-will. But this is the month I’ve chosen, or maybe that chose me.

And so in the last 24 hours, I have recorded audio versions of a poem, uploaded sound, converted video to audio, and transferred video from one device to another – all in between work, straightening my home and supporting loved ones. I have, thank goodness, been to the beach twice in the last 96 hours (or four days). And though it’s not a private cottage with an airy balcony and doting staff, the hypnosis of the waves and expressions of summer’s joy have birthed and rebirthed my commitment to create – and has helped make this time a fruitful retreat, after all.

Sunshine and laughter. – Reza Rites

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#3amblackpoetry in July, Week 4, Day 26: Levitate

“We’ve traced the call; it’s coming from inside the house.”

Although this iconic line from a 1979 film, “When a Stranger Calls,” came to me in relation to some recent personal goings-on, I realized in preparing today’s post that it also very much describes the motivations behind what and why many of us create – including me and my motivations. The doldrums of the day-to-day have an appeal to me, as does the notion of finding a daily rhythm that keeps me afloat. And those close to me know that I have certainly tried. Yet no matter what, the call from inside the house pulls me back in, and charges my drive until ideas become written, visions emerge from the dark, emotions so large ooze out the sides of my soul, and/or goals become action steps.

Tonight I planned to write about the tasks I’ve checked off this month. But as I began, I realized I wanted, instead, to levitate toward or continue forging forward with the mundane of completion rather than the earnestness of celebration. You see, the calls from inside the house have become louder and louder over the years, and it feels like I have no other choice than to pick up.

Sunshine and laughter. – Reza Rites

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#3amblackpoetry in July, Day 24 & 25, Levitate:

levitate
lev·​i·​tate | ˈle-və-ˌtāt
levitated; levitating

: to rise or float in or as if in the air especially in seeming defiance of gravitation

– Merriam Webster

Just a reminder, friends, you often have to rise above, or levitate, beyond self-doubt and peer or family skepticism, to create in peace.

Do it.

Sunshine and laughter. – Reza Rites

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#3amblackpoetry in July, Week 4, Day 23: Levitate

Inhale love, exhale love, and see where the heart – and pen – will land.

Sunshine and laughter. – Reza Rites

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