[REVIEW]: 'oxygen' by Asiah Thomas
Asiah Thomas, affectionately known as ‘AsiahMae’ in these Internet streets, is purpose personified. Resilient, rooted and well-rounded, she is co-parent to two amazing brands that serve crafts close to her heart: indie artistry and intentional visibility with IllVibe and the reality and regality of cultivating a digital haven for indie Black, queer & minority writers with For The Scribes (Willie Kinard is the other parent, we featured him here).
AsiahMae’s poetry debut, oxygen, is a record of black queer millennial experiences. She calls for readers to reflect on their living with comforting and simple language. You can be sure to see yourself in these vignettes of love, lust, loss and self-discovery. After you’ve dove into these annotations, come up for air with your own copy here.
Would you rather me
use the weed?
I’ve got to
get some sleep
I’m not a fan of the word goodbye.
Nothing really leaves you anyway,
it just lingers in scents,
stored in the back of your mind
until the day
you start confusing
a spirit for a memory
and wonder when one
becomes the other
or if that too
is just a myth.
Your eyes are disrespectful,
screaming at me to use my voice
when I’ve never had to say
what was forever understood.
Now suddenly you’re a closed book
and while I’m an avid reader of our saga,
this chapter is one I’m not sure
I’m ready to dive into.