Hi friends, today begins the countdown for the last few days to get your e-copies of the #3amblackpoetry collections – “I’ve Come to Find it Lovely” and “Las Canciones de la Sirena / Siren Song” (10 dollars or more for one; 50 dollars or more for both). The collections will be available for purchase through the end of November, and will be live/accessible until January 1, 2022. Paypal/purchase link below or send Venmo and Cashapp inquiries through DMs.
Special prizes and extras START TODAY with any purchase of 10 or more dollars – and for all past recipients who’ve already given 50 or more. Thanks for your support and shares.🖤❤️🖤- Reza Rites
One thing about writers: they’re going to write. I don’t just say this based on my own profession and passion projects as a writer. I also say this based on my life as a teacher and mentor, watching the different ways students, peers and colleagues produced pieces of writing. Of course there are those employing bullet point-making and outline filling techniques, but there are also the tape recorder-inspired smartphone users who take time to document ideas and creative moments through audio recordings, or even through videos that may or may not become social media “stories” or Vlogs (video blogs/video podcasts). There are also the cerebral writers who innovate and organize in their mind and determine the transition to text and print when they can “think it through” and there are the contrarians, who use the tension found in critiques and feedback sessions to find their anchor and reset. My proximity to music means I have worked with creators who need a beat or layered series of Pan-African instruments to write songs, and poets who require pain and adversity to launch figurative language loops and linguistic backflips competing only with amusement park twister rides and Simone Biles’ movements in an Olympic match.
I am all of these, and do all of these, and sometimes I integrate my writing with my passion around music, photography, and multimedia art, and with my love of inquiring, exploring, and communing with others. That, friends, is why there is something completely normal about 3 AM IS THE NEW BLACK and me, Reza Rites, releasing two mini-collections of poems. Except..except…that like most writers who share their works, I now exist in a new world, on the other side of the rainbow where I wait to see, hear and build hope around audience reaction – to the love poured into each each letter, line, and placement; into each image, order and ending; and in spite of every moment of doubt, envy or isolation.
Both e-collections – “I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” and “Las Canciones de La Sirena / Siren Song” – will be available for purchase through the end of November, and will be live/available to readers till January 1. Donations of 10 or more dollars will be thanked with a link to “I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” while donations amounting to 50 or more will be thanked with links to both collections. Canciones / Siren Song is a series of poems inspired by the sea, a poetry competition, and the beautiful colors and landscapes seen by Reza during recent trips to Jamaica and Costa Rica. But the water also holds darker stories and lightless corners like the ones that inspired the poem “Slave Ship Sink Deep.”
If you’re one of the donors who recently gave 50 or more dollars to receive a limited time-only copy of the #3amblackpoetry collection “I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” – and to support birthday surfing in Costa Rica for @3amblack Publisher-Editor Reza Rites – check your email inbox. Earlier today you should have received an email with a link to the second limited edition mini-collection available to donors/contributors. “Las Canciones de La Sirena/Siren Song” is a series of poems inspired by the sea, a poetry competition, and the beautiful colors and landscapes seen by Reza during recent trips to Jamaica and Costa Rica.
Both e-collections – “I’ve Come to Find It Lovely” and “Las Canciones de La Sirena” – will be available for purchase through the end of the month, and will be live/available to readers till January 1. Donations of 10 or more dollars will be thanked with a link to the former, and donations amounting to 50 or more will be thanked with links to both collections. Funds collected will go toward the remaining balance of costs associated with Costa Rica, toward repairs of Reza’s portable typewriter, and toward other costs associated with sharing, presenting and community-building related to #3amblackpoetry (eg., National Poetry Month workshops, printing postcards, and producing independent productions and events).
Hear/catch a glimpse of poems from the collections, written by Reza Rites and Dakota Castro, on Tuesday, Nov 16, 7pm, at @PVDSwapMeet, a poetry, spoken word, and slam night at Platforms, 165 Poe St. in Providence. Or check out (at) rezaclif on Soundcloud and YouTube for audio and multimedia poetic bites. More info, including a link to give and a link to read my surfing/Carefree Black Girl manifesto, are below. Sunshine and laughter. – Reza Rites
Friends who contributed, and supporters of 3 AM IS THE NEW BLACK: I promise to capture, share, and exude the light, colors, and almost surreal beauty I was lucky to behold on this trip to Costa Rica. I am forever grateful to those of you who financially helped make this happen, and for those who continue to open your heart, ears, and minds to the gifts I/we try to share through this space. These tears of gratitude spring from your well of kindness, and from appreciation for the layers of beauty surrounding us daily. Sunshine and laughter. – Reza Rites
Fam, I didn’t come to Costa Rica for endless adventures. Rather, I came for the tranquility that lives on the other side of the hustle rainbow, if you let it, and to reach my goal of acquiring even just a baby amount of proficiency around surfing. I am keeping things mellow, as a reminder of how to slow my heart rate, and to build muscle memory around staying focused and maintaining joy in times of uncertainty. I’m happy to report that I’ve already made an offering of thanks to the sea, in the form of an earring now decorating “la sirena” – sister to Gaia Gallactica*. FYI: I’ve got one more surf lesson tomorrow if anyone wants to make a last minute give – while taking advantage of a limited time-only collection of #3amblackpoetry. But keep in mind: There is no pressure at all. Instead, picture a circle of love and joy that mirrors double dutch; you can jump in if you want, watch from the side, or keep walking to the destination that is your own.
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About Venus Sings / Reza Rites / Reza Wreckage
About Reza Rites (Venus Sings/Reza Wreckage/the #AmbitiousBlackFeminist)
Reza Clifton has many nicknames because she is a writer, digital storyteller, and cultural navigator based out of Providence, RI. This means she works and makes her income in several different ways, including but not excluding sending and publishing written work, multimedia stories and interviews with artists and community leaders; DJ'ing at professional, cultural and family events in different cities; giving speeches, workshops and lectures on college campuses and in community sites; and curating and producing community arts events.
This site, VenusSings.com, is about her interests in music, art and culture; her adventures as a DJ; and her collaborations with artists and community members. You can also follow her on Tumblr, www.AmbitiousBlackFeminist.com.