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Image: Phuck Your White Milk, courtesy of the author


Spoiled Milk

A poem and image on kicking over the container of whiteness, and the perseverance of pleasure that accompanies it.

White Milk
White Bread

White women on Billboards
Kelly from Saved By the Bell
Blond Barbies
Blonde Smurfs

Blow Dryers
Hot Combs
Skin Bleaching

30 years to find
Sulfate Free
Paraben Free
In the Ethnic Hair Care aisle

36 years to own the
space between my front & my back
And all the spaces
in between and below

Two weeks
and 1 month
to figure out
how to kick over
a glass filled with a lifetime of white milk.

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The work of Cole M James is that of a negotiator, navigating the African Diaspora, circling the expanse of queerness and fumbling through womanhood. James creates paintings, digital prints and video work that explore the intersections between digital production and the analog collections of lived experiences. James was born in Chicago and raised in Southern California. She received a MFA from Claremont Graduate University and exhibits her work in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and South Korea. She was awarded the Alfred B. Friedman Grant, Walker Parker Artist Fellowship, and Mignon Schweitzer Award. CM James works and lives in Los Angeles CA.

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