For Folks Who Have Asked If I am Okay
Today at 2:45pm my daughter called to tell me her after-school program was cancelled and asked if she could walk home. After I agreed and hung up, the first sirens went off. My kids and their classmates were ushered into the hallway and told to line the halls, crouch down and keep their hands over their head - the usual drill. Once I realized what was going on, I called the school and told them...
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Help Shira E make her new album & take her music to the masses! Shira Erlichman is one of the most talented human beings on the planet and a huge reason that I started doing poetry again. Please support this magical being. The whole world needs her.
BOOST Tara Hardy →
sierrademulder: writebloody: A health fundraiser for beloved poet Tara Hardy. Our dear friend Tara Hardy is in need of our help. Since undergoing chemotherapy and enduring various visits to the hospital, she is left saddled with some very steep medical bills. By donating you’d help ease some of the financial burden Tara continues to face. If you’re unable to donate, you can read a...
Gentlemen. This is what rape culture is like: Imagine you have a Rolex watch....– The Wretched of the Earth: [TW: rape] On Rape Culture (via ghettogwenythpaltrow) Rape culture is having to use an object to explain what we go through when our bodies are violated. (via moonlit—dancer) I like the object comment too.
Comments on Girlwriteswhat and Patriarchy
Girl: Exploded is one of my favourite poems. I have a question: do you believe in patriarchy? Recently I saw a video from girlwriteswhat and I must admit that I’m really confused. That is rare because I have never doubted that feminism was about anything other than equality. I’ll like to hear you thought on that matter. I had not heard of girlwriteswhat so thanks for cluing me in. I...
“I’ve come from the bottom of of your mouth to tell you you cannot make ugly things beautiful. We were never ugly to begin with. I am not broken because no one can tell me what my use is.” -Brian Ellis, American Dust Revisited
Yes, It Matters That Jason Collins Is Black And... →
Black gay kids need heroes too. Go. Ahead. Saeed.
The State Of Women - Oklahoma Magazine →
Oklahoma Magazine’s Jenny Lloyd did a thorough article on the State of Women. Lots of great points and facts but this was my favorite part: We asked the four teenage poets, revved on iced lattes and chai, what they think about Oklahoma’s failed Personhood Bill and got a raucous ear-full on everything from abortion to birth control and everything in between. Johnson says she is frustrated...
What the queer? | GaydarGirls Blog →
Look! They used my poem in the explanation of queer on the GaydarGirls blog! Or rather they said a lot of eloquent stuff about what it means to be queer and then capped it off with my poemy rant.
I just watched Tiny Furniture. I like that it made me want to walk around in my underpants with my fanny out. And that nothing got resolved.
The mistakes I tend to make in my first draft are too many adjectives. When I...– Sharon Olds, interviewed by Mike Pride for the Concord Monitor (via nps2013)
“Poetry is a very stupid thing to be good at. Poems are basically like dreams–something that everybody likes to tell other people but nobody actually cares about when it’s not their own. Which is why poetry is a failure of the intellectual community.” Nadine, Tiny Furniture
You’re supposed to look sexy, so other people can benefit, but you’re not supposed to actually be sexual so that you benefit. - Tavi Gevinson
Getting ready for show at OU tonight. I love performing there but I feel like they must get so sick of me and the same ol’ poems. I’m gonna break out some new jams! After this show I am taking some big time off so it will be good to get it all out! If you are in town, come play. 7pm. Memorial Union, Molly Boren Ballroom. OH A BALLROOM! Yes. A Ballroom.
On the Train, or at the Laundromat, Your Poem... →
The performance group Poets in Unexpected Places has been using its ties to a thriving poetry slam community to encourage others to deliver their works in public. LOOK! It’s all the homies! Jon Sands! Thuli Zuma! Adam Falkner! Samantha Thornhill! I did poetry on the Cleveland County Bus for Dump the Pump day and most people looked at me like I was crazy. My constant wish is that I will be...
A List of “Men’s Rights” Issues That Feminism Is Already Working On Feminists...– Autostraddle (via notaprincessdestinedtobeawitch) Guys. You need to read this. (via abaldwin360)
A Letter To My Son About Consent →
Finn Wightman writes to her son about consent because, as she says, “I love you too much to leave these things unsaid.”
jonathan lisecki, gayby
pantonaut: straight guys are not hot, we’re gay, we like gay guys, we have some self esteem today. Just watched this movie and snorted all over.
tumblingdyke asked: my heart was broken once. it was set but the fracture never healed. then, i heard your poems. my heart broke all over again. but the marrow heard and felt you and began coursing through the bones and knitting the fractures together like an afghan quilt -- or maybe one celibate sock ;) there's still a cast on it that comes off in two weeks. i'd ask you to sign it, but i think you...
Anonymous asked: it would be great if you could do videos for sphere inside and letters to 2013!
Anonymous asked: I'm going to get help for my eating disorder. I've scheduled the appointment for the evaluation, and then I'll figure out treatment from there. Thank you for inspiring me to live the life that I've got and for teaching me it's okay to be vulnerable. You are phenomenal.
DeniseJollySpoken: Last leg of tour New Orleans,... →
nicalea: denisejollyspoken: denisejollyspoken: Please help spread the word! Friday April 19th New Orleans House Show 8pm https://www.facebook.com/events/552176941509964/?fref=ts Saturday April 20th New Orleans Writing Workshop Location and time TBA Tuesday April 23rd Austin Poetry Slam 8pm … Please share far and wide. Help spread the word. UM IF YOU’RE IN ANY OF THESE CITIES I STRONGLY...
Kingdom Animilia (Aracelis Girmay)
spokenwordacademy: When I get the call about my brother, I’m on a stopped train leaving town & the news packs into me—freight— though it’s him on the other end now, saying finefine— Forfeit my eyes, I want to turn away from the hair on the floor of his house & how it got there Monday, but my one heart falls like a sad, fat persimmon dropped by the hand of the Turczyn’s old tree. I...