a few hairs by d. marvi
my relationship with my unibrow is tempestuous. some days i hide it away, plucking out each hair with hatred. others, i smooth it down lovingly with rosewater and feed it coconut oil at night to hasten it’s growth. these hairs are one of the many ways i’m navigating my own body while i navigate the liminal space of diaspora. my unibrow evokes both the racial privileged of the homeland and the racial alienation of the hostland. painting my unibrow gold can be seen as an act of beautification and self-acceptance. conversely, it can be seen as self-orientalization, or, making a prominent physical sign of my racial “otherness” even more so. or, simply, it could be an innocent whimsy. i choose to keep the meaning of this as ambiguous as possible, to mimic my own fluid, love-hate relationship with my unibrow.
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Walking Iris - Neomarica caerulea
Commonly known with names such as Walking Iris, Apostle’s Iris or Apostle Plant, Neomarica caerulea is a large, evergreen plant in the Iridaceae family, with bright sky-blue or bluish-lilac short-lived flowers. It is native to Brazil.
The common name, Apostle Plant, comes from the belief that a Neomarica will not bloom until the plant has 12 leaves.
Photo credit: ©Christoph Diewald | Locality: unknown (2006)