No one is so eager to gain new experience as he who doesn’t know how to make use...– Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (via tattoolit)
Touch pain with great curiosity.– Jorie Graham, from “Daphne” (via the-final-sentence)
liveunchained: “Black women have been doubly objectified—as black, as women; under white supremacy, under patriarchy. It has been the task of Black women artists to transform this objectification: to become the subject commenting on the meaning of the object, or to become the subject rejecting the object and revealing the real experience of being.” — MIchelle Cliff (via theangryblackwoman)
Love, Locks, Laughter, Words, & Breath: I'm so... →
locksandglasses: Of course the first thing that came to mind is the whole white savior thing. They made being an activist look really cool in the video and there were not that many people of color who appeared on camera… just saying Then of course I don’t want to be a hater. Ignoring oppressed people simply…
jalousie: Hey America, I have a cute idea. At least sort out your health care system, hand gun violence, unemployment, public education, gay marriage, marijuana legislation and middle east conflict before you fuck around with the internet because lets face it, there are bigger issues in the world than someone uploading a photo with a musician in it.
Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.– Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses (via honeyforthehomeless)
The Angry Black Tumblr: Dear Customer who stuck up... →
velocicrafter: sweetupndown: you thought I didn’t really notice. But I did. I wanted to high-five you. Yesterday I had a pair of brothers in my store. One was maybe between 15-17. He was a wrestler at the local high school. Kind of tall, stocky and handsome. He had a younger…
Patti Smith's 'Woolgathering' →
The Tangential: What I’ll Wear to... →
thetangential: Page 22: As I get arrested by the Boston police force for refusing to remove my tent site from a plot of public flowers while demanding the nation to address US’s world-leading ratio of CEO-to-working-stiff pay of over 400:1, I will look great with wet, matted cotton candy hair and a…
Sharing Poetry: Gwendolyn Brooks, "a song in the... →
sharingpoetry: I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life. I want a peek at the back Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows. A girl gets sick of a rose. I want to go in the back yard now And maybe down the alley, To where the charity children play. I want a good time today. They do some…
Sharing Poetry: Yusef Komunyakaa, "Blue Dementia" →
sharingpoetry: In the days when a man would hold a swarm of words inside his belly, nestled against his spleen, singing. In the days of night riders when life tongued a reed till blues & sorrow song called out of the deep night: Another man done gone. Another man done gone. In the days when one could lose…
One of my favorites at the moment
Larry Powell, Superintendent of the Fresno County... →
ewilcox: This month, Powell will “retire” for one day. He’ll then be rehired to the exact same superintendent’s job with the exact same duties. The only difference is that instead of earning $290,000 per year in pay and benefits, as he has in the past, he’ll earn only $32,000 a year. Powell has signed on to this adjusted salary agreement through 2014, meaning he’ll be saving Fresno County...
She has her hair pulled back tiiiiighhht. Making her forehead unmovable as Botox. Buttucks? She has buttucks pulled back, making her face look stern and not to be fucked with. She is made aerodynamic by the tightly cinched hair, like a fighter jet slicing the air with it’s razor frame. She leads the family. He straggles behind. As if she had used the last of the hair gell, his hair is...
This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are...– Gary Provost (via writingadvice)
The Devil's Face
The Devil’s Face by Katie Farris, guest-edited by Ilya Kaminsky July 2011 The girl has been learning how to shit on the devil’s face. It is a slow process. First of all, one has to take into consideration the setting. In order for the devil to get a hard-on, he must be surrounded at eight points. To the north, above the devil’s head, a soul writhing in eternal agony. On his right...
Guernica / The Devil’s Face →
If I am going to do the Daily 15, then I must begin with a cup of coffee. 15 minutes of exercise, hitting the keys and the cups instead of the bike and and bells. And yet I return again to the artifice that is pushing keys instead of drawing out letters and am amazed by how uncreative typing can be. It lacks intimacy. Maybe because I do it a lot at work I associate it with work. With typing...
The Tangential: What Your Favorite Poet Says About... →
thetangential: e.e. cummings: You prefer to write on Notepad instead of Microsoft word. Saturdays involve trying on interesting boots at thrift stores after eating runny eggs. You have gotten laid via your watercolor painting skills. Edgar Allan Poe: You are in some kind of atheist human league. You got…
Reprise by Deborah Brown
Better than a lover’s heart, the immortality of a name. Love versus Fama, the goddess, with her long purple nails, her sweeping cloak, her memories of Caesar, Alexander, the wolves on seven hills. Even better than love, fame, for as long as there is illness. I see that if I had discovered Cushing’s disease, I could have named it for myself. It’s hard to maintain desire,...
Let America be America Again By Langston Hughes
Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me.) Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed— Let it be that great strong land of love Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme That any man be crushed by one above. (It never was America to me.) O, let my land be...
The Joys of an Oxfordless Comma
thetangential: First of all, let me say this: I am no comma hater. I love the comma. I overuse the comma. The comma is the gilt flourish of a sentence, framing one idea and then moving onto the next. It is a glorious, emphatic and multi-faceted thing, the “fuck” of punctuation. “Fuck this fucking motherfucker”; “Fuck, this fucking motherfucker”; “Fuck this, fucking motherfucker”; and...