I like words. I like the look and the sound and the texture of them. And I believe they are capable of more truth and communication than most of the human race typically permits them. How are you? Fine thanks, and you? Can’t complain. Well I can, and I do.
Presenting poems that make words do what they are supposed to.
‘If Only Out of Vanity’ by Stayceyann Chin If only out of vanity text
Stayceyann Chin’s vision of who she wants to be sounds like fun. My version is one who can finally dye her hair bright purple (or maybe green) without needing to stew in bleach for six hours. Defy all attempts to be reductionist with reality (and magic). Ride a bike with a trailer and bright flags (and possibly a diamond tipped pointy thing). And cross roads with a brood that knows to look on all sides before it walks.
‘Not your erotic, not your exotic’ by Suheir Hammad Not your erotic, not your exotic text
I like a lot of Suheir Hammad’s work but this one has a particular resonance for me. For the many times I have felt like my beauty is invisible, replaced by a mirage of almond-shaped eyes and curls. Every day I add to my list of ways in which who I am is reduced to someone else’s version of what I must be like – a cardboard cut out could replace me without most people noticing the difference. But some will, because they know I have the kind of beauty that moves (bonus geek points if you know who I’m quoting here!).
‘The Low Road’ by Marge Piercy the low road text
Recently, Maia posted this in solidarity with the defendants in the Operation 8 trial. If you have no idea what Operation 8 is, this is a basic introduction, this is what wikipedia has on it, and this is the best writing I have found on the subject. The trial is a farce (ask me how) and I believe the charges should be dropped. Marge Piercy is one of the most accomplished writers I’ve read. And few people can read her better than Stayceyann Chin. I have nothing to add to what has already collectively been said. Except perhaps to state that I would like to be counted among the thousand who have solidarity with those demanding justice for the raided, Tino Rangatiratanga and Te Mana Motuhake O Tūhoe.