Thank you for the kind words. Please know your sweetness landed on a very tender hearted day which is to say it could not have come at a better time so again thank you. I am in no position to explain how to not compare myself, my life or the varying points of my identity to others because it is a practice I am constantly trying to challenge and therefor still engage. We are enculturated with self-judgment in juxtaposition with the judgment of others as a tool for growth, shame, and control from such a remarkably young age. Given that cultural definitive I’d count your awareness as a blessing. In reading your message it seems you are positioned at a remarkable crossroads. Those around you have chosen the path we have all been raised to believe as our collective “should” ie… financially sustainable career, marriage, procreation, “the American Dream”. Whereas you are clear, living in a way that brings you joy is a different path completely! How exciting is that?!?!?!? The greatest advice I can give you is
- Know you are far from alone. There is a vast community of dreamers, radicals, lovers, and those who aspire to a life far more nuanced than the hetero normative mechanized path you made reference to in your message. SO WELCOME<3
- bell hooks wrote “the space of our lack is also the space of possibility” Make new friends. Seek likeminded community. In saying that I am not saying dismiss those who currently hold real estate in your heart. Just recognize that in order to thrive you must surround yourself with those who aspire to living in a way that is comparable to your deepest desires.
- Know what grounds you and keep it close.
I have lived in 27homes, in 8 different cities, in 4 different states, and have spent years of my life on the road. In that time there have been so many lifetimes, friends, and family who have come and gone. Through the years I have learned I need a home to come back to, I need a collection of trinkets and photos to remind me of where I come from, I need community to remind me where I am going and that I am in fact possible. I need delicious food in my belly and most of all I need to always remember everything I do is rooted in love.
I hope this has been helpful. Good luck on your new turn. May the magic come in abundance. May the most unexpected desire come to light.
Here’s the Rules:
Sign up by sending an e-mail email@example.com with the subject POETRY SLAM SIGN UP (YOUR NAME). We will then send you further instructions!
Videos must be under 4 minutes. Preferred file format is MPEG4. We will attempt to upload other formats but If you send us a file in format that isn’t able to be uploaded you won’t be able to compete.
Only one submission per poet.
The poet must perform work that they have created.
All videos will be aired on this youtube channel (youtube.com/teamwonderdave). We will also be posting all of the videos on this blog.
The video must not currently appear on another youtube channel. You may take down an existing video and submit the footage. Different videos of the submitted poem appearing on youtube are acceptable. You will receive a video release form after you sign up.
Previously published poetry is fine.
There will be at least six preliminary online video competitions. You will be randomly sorted into one of these six groups. The winning poets from those six competitions will submit a second video for a final competition in order to select the team.
In order to compete you must be at least 18 years of age by August 5th 2014.
You must be able to get to the National Poetry Slam in Oakland CA by 8AM on August 5th and stay through the end of the tournament on August 9th. While we will try and help the team fundraise we cannot guarantee any cost of travel or hotel will be covered. If selected for the team you must be a registered PSi member (you can become one now by following this link)
Looking forward to hearing your poetry!
S H I R A
"I was 10 / when daddy put a gun in my hand / first I shot at tin cans / then a target in the shape of a man / oh I’ll be ready / if he unzips my dress too quick / I’ve got to be ready / if he calls me his wife / it gon be a shotgun wedding"
Photograph by Katherine Finkelstein. Styling by Alessandra Genovese.
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Artists Saiko Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi have taken photos of couples to an entirely new level with these incredibly intimate X-Ray Portraits. The two student artists used CT scans and X-ray machines to document pairs of people within very close proximity. The skeletons seem cold and lonely, yet the closeness of the bodies suggests that the two forms are actually experiencing personal intimacy.
The raw images portray the human body as muscles and bones, and the lack of soft skin eliminates the viewer’s normal understanding of human touch. The story of the two forms is told, rather, through gestures and body language, and viewers are left to determine the relationship between the couples. “X-ray images usually show the finite nature of our bodies composed only of matter. But these couples’ portraits reveal a pulse that isn’t normally seen,” explain the two students from Musashino Art University in Japan.
We’re so excited to share with you our issue #3 cover, featuring writer and poet Clementine Von Radics (clementinevonradics) as our cover story, including a handful of incredibly talented spoken word artists we’ll be interviewing that includes Andrea Gibson (andrewgibby), Jeanann Verlee (jeanannverlee), Amanda Waters (battybatty), Rachel Wiley (sweetwhatsername), and Meggie Royer (writingsforwinter). This issue is your essential guide to transitioning from winter to spring. Get ready. Available for reading on March 16th.
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