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October 2nd, 2011

"A freak but moist flower tangles up my lungs, knits into my heart, crawls up my throat and sucks…"

A freak but moist flower
tangles up my lungs, knits into my heart,
crawls up my throat
and sucks like octopi on my tongue.
You planted it happily last summer
and I let it take root with my moon-hope,
not knowing it would come to crowd me out,
to explode inside me this March.
All winter trying to diminish it,
I felt it enlarge.
But of course never spoke to you of this,
for my sanity was awful enough,
and I felt compelled to think only of yours.
Now that you have gone for always
why does not the plant shrivel up?
I try to force it away.
I swallow stones.
Three times I swallow slender vials
with crossbones on them.

But it thrives on their liquid solution.
I light matches and put them in my mouth,
and my teeth melt but the greenery hisses on.
I drink blood from my wrists
and the green slips out like a bracelet.
Couldn’t one of my keepers get a lawn mower
and chop it down if I turned inside out for an hour?
This flower, this pulp, the hay stuff
has got me, got me.
Apparently both of us are unkillable.

I am coughing. I am gagging. I feel it enter
the nasal passages, the sinus, lower, upper
and thus to the brain-spurting out of my eyes,
I must find a surgeon will cut it out, burn it out
as they do sometimes with violent epileptics.
I will dial one quickly before I erupt!

Would you guess at it
if you looked at me swinging down Comm. Ave.
in my long black coat with its fur hood,
and my long pink skirt poking out step by step?
That under the coat, the pink, the bra, the pants,
in the recesses where love knelt
a coughing plant is smothering me?

Perhaps I am becoming unhuman
and should accept its natural order?
Perhaps I am becoming part of the green world
and maybe a rose will just pop out of my mouth?
Oh passerby, let me bite it off and spit it at you
so you can say “How nice!” and nod your thanks
and walk three blocks to your lady love
and she will stick it behind her ear
not knowing it will crawl into her ear, her brain
and drive her mad.

Then she will be like me-
a pink doll with her frantic green stuffing.



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“the love plant” by anne sexton (via tenderartist)

This isn’t a good time for me to be reading Sexton (if there ever is) but: “How nice!”

Like an ice pick.

October 2nd, 2011

Even given previous MSM discussion, a tip of the hat to this…



Even given previous MSM discussion, a tip of the hat to this guy.

October 2nd, 2011

The narrative of liberation isn’t supposed to lead to someone getting onto a radio show:…

The narrative of liberation isn’t supposed to lead to someone getting onto a radio show: http://t.co/ukxcktpn

October 2nd, 2011

Midwest Mountain Mama: I keep seeing this all over twitter, these calls for the mainstream…

Midwest Mountain Mama: I keep seeing this all over twitter, these calls for the mainstream...:

midwestmountainmama:

mikkipedia:

this

midwestmountainmama:

I keep seeing this all over twitter, these calls for the mainstream press to report on the protests and the “why isn’t MSM covering this?”—and to me, I’m feeling like the MSM is *not neutral*. when we call for MSM to cover things—we’re not calling for a neutral bystander to come report on what’s…

It’s a desire to be written into existence, right? Like it didn’t happen, it doesn’t matter unless it is written about. I was just thinking about this because I saw something on a feminist blog that was an open call to “shamelessly self-promote” and  “link to something you wrote this week” or some such and that’s so odd to me. I mean, writing and reading are important but they aren’t the work, if you will. There is so much disconnect for me between the organizing and activity I see offline and the writing and blogging online. For so many people the writing is all they see, it’s all that matters being seen by, say, the MSM, is the goal. When Jessica Valenti told the radio host “Well, if it was called Empowerment Walk, I wouldn’t be here,” that crystallized things for me so clearly. The narrative of liberation isn’t supposed to lead to someone getting onto a radio show. And this all connects to things like “awareness campaigns” where the goal is to get ideas and issues into the MSM but there’s no accountability, or discussion of tactics.

It’s all pretty murky and disheartening, sometimes. It certainly stopped me in my tracks with the next book I was planning to write. I can barely bring myself to write anything, for this and so many reasons.

wooooooooa. I didn’t know about the JVal comment. what ur pointing to—I’ve been thinking a TON about too—I’ve been thinking mostly in terms of how…*weird* it is that Teh Feminists are not demanding/did not demand a presence in these occupy wallstreet things. after they throw big ol hissy fits about egyptian women. I read what is going on across the US w/welfare organizing, occupy wallstrett organizing, prison organizing, etc etc etc—and then I read the major “news” about Teh Feminists in alt. media is the latest book about dating and the latest organizing is “slut organizing” because “nobody would show up for empowerment organizing”? 

i mean—there isn’t one single solitary way to connect sexual violence to economic violence? there was absolutely no way that the march couldn’t have hooked up with or otherwise incorporated occupywallstreet/an economic analysis? not one. single. way?

it’s that whole dependency on pop culture as a recruitment tool—you can make a living off it AND recruit—but in the *end*—it creates that balloon type of feminism where you’re not really fighting anything while claiming to be fighting everything. What *is* the “culture” part of rape culture? What *is* the “culture” part of pop culture? are they in any way connected to corporations (see: corporate ownership of media)?and if they are, what does an analysis grounded in gender look like of that ownership? Does it *really* boil down to “women don’t own enough media” and/or “representations of women suck”? and we just need to counter with sexy/savey media representations that will appeal to target demographic?  

just…thank gawd that more relevant gender justice organizers are making themselves a part of the current paradigm shifting in the US. 

OMG yes. Yes to those questions! And this is why I think the strategies of Ka Mer are so profound. They connected the political violence in their state to the domestic violence in their communities and went household to household, woman to woman, literally from the ground up.

Also, that bit I bolded: THANK YOU for articulating the problem so clearly.

October 2nd, 2011

Midwest Mountain Mama: I keep seeing this all over twitter, these calls for the mainstream…

Midwest Mountain Mama: I keep seeing this all over twitter, these calls for the mainstream...:

this

midwestmountainmama:

I keep seeing this all over twitter, these calls for the mainstream press to report on the protests and the “why isn’t MSM covering this?”—and to me, I’m feeling like the MSM is *not neutral*. when we call for MSM to cover things—we’re not calling for a neutral bystander to come report on what’s…

It’s a desire to be written into existence, right? Like it didn’t happen, it doesn’t matter unless it is written about. I was just thinking about this because I saw something on a feminist blog that was an open call to “shamelessly self-promote” and  “link to something you wrote this week” or some such and that’s so odd to me. I mean, writing and reading are important but they aren’t the work, if you will.

There is a real disconnect between the organizing and activity I see offline and the writing and blogging online. For so many people the writing is all they see, it’s all that matters: being seen by, say, the MSM, is the goal. When Jessica Valenti told the radio host “Well, if it was called Empowerment Walk, I wouldn’t be here,” that crystallized things for me so clearly. The narrative of liberation isn’t supposed to lead to someone getting onto a radio show. And this all connects to things like “awareness campaigns” where the goal is to get ideas and issues into the MSM but there’s no accountability, or discussion of tactics.

It’s all pretty murky and disheartening, sometimes. It certainly stopped me in my tracks with the next book I was planning to write. I can barely bring myself to write anything, for this and so many reasons.

October 2nd, 2011

theswingingsixties: Marisa – Christine A French 1960s tune…



theswingingsixties:

Marisa - Christine

A French 1960s tune which pays tribute to Christine Keeler. The original was sung in English by Miss X (Joyce Blair).

100% THE RIGHT WAY TO GO

October 2nd, 2011

theswingingsixties: 1960s interior design. I seriously think…



theswingingsixties:

1960s interior design.

I seriously think my family stayed in this cabin once.

October 2nd, 2011

imjasondiamond brilliantly described this aesthetic as…



imjasondiamond brilliantly described this aesthetic as “acid bummer” but you know that I am all about the transformative power of PANTS, even for the mens.