Hanif Abdurraqib
Words That Matter
Published in
5 min readDec 7, 2017

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Illustration: Trevor Fraley

TThis year was the year I got interested in getting a tattoo. Perhaps what I’m saying is that this year was the year I got interested in permanence. Last year ended with me holed up inside a room in a frozen ghost town, writing what would become a book that people have said kind things to me about at the end of this year. Reading this really helped me through a bad time, says a woman who holds my hand between hers, and we both nod slowly in the same time signature. This helped me mourn my dead friends, says a…

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