Wednesday, November 30, 2016

38 by Layli Long Solider (referenced by Julia Cohen in Tarp Sky "What I'm Reading Now", orig published in Mud city Journal

READ THIS POEM

i like this exercise Julia Cohen did with her students post-election / from Tarp Sky "What I'm Reading Now"

It’s Getting Stronger Exercise
Instructions: Take out a piece of paper & a pen. Allow yourself no more than 30 seconds to a minute to answer these questions. Do NOT read them ahead of time. This exercise is designed to have someone hold this list & read the questions to you every 30 seconds to one minute. Before you begin, think of a feeling you’ve had that is growing stronger. Identify this feeling. It can be a feeling toward another person, a feeling about the current election, a feeling about any issue.
Constraint: you may write no more than 7 words per line.
1) When you wake up, what is one sensory experience you look forward to before you leave your house/apartment (taste/touch/sight/hearing/smelling)?
2) What is the first lie you remember telling?
3) What is one image that comes to mind when you think of your experiences riding the train or bus?
4) What is one memory you have that takes place in a backyard?
5) What’s one feeling inside you that’s getting stronger? What does it feel like? Make a simile. This can be longer than 7 words.
6) What is one memory you before the age of 10 of being proud?
7) When you leave the house, what is one sensory experience you look forward to encountering?
8) What is one thing you want someone else to love about you? One way you want to be loved?
9) Come back to this feeling that’s getting stronger. What size was it originally? What size is it now? Create a simile to compare. This can be longer than 7 words.
10) What is one memory that takes place in a basement or an attic?
11) What is the last thing you tried to ‘cure’ yourself of? This could be physical, emotional, political, etc etc.
12) What is one irrational fear you have?
13) What is one rational fear you have?
14) What is one thought you’ve had that made you feel like an adult?
15) What is a sound that comforts you?
16) Come back to the feeling that’s growing stronger. If this feeling could leap out of your body, what is the first thing it would do?
17) Finish this sentence: The feeling it’s too late to explain ____________________.
18) Finish this sentence: Yet, the desire to speak of __________________________.

Monday, November 28, 2016

ON THE NECESSITY FOR A SERIOUS NOW





A return to seriousness is not a mandate on aesthetics. Aesthetics have nothing to do with it. That we will continue to disagree, disparage, and neglect each other on the basis of aesthetics reflect the inextricable part of one’s own identity as a being who values by judgment and segmentation. This surface segmentation is inevitable. But aesthetic judgment must never be allowed to operate as a mask that hides a deeper belief in social divisions and segmentation. We must not allow aesthetics judgments speak for binaries and dualities. That an artistic work appears, that it is human-made and is, is all the requirement needed for serious consideration.
On election night we entered into a new era. We must now recognize our differences and regard them seriously if we want difference to continue. We must discipline ourselves to be serious. There is no activation without a revolutionary discipline. That is where the responsibility of the artist now begins. That we must reinstall it through praxis and faith is our mandate. We begin by taking each other and ourselves deadly serious.
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Brian Foley is a poet and critical theorist living in Denver. His latest book is The Constitution, available from Black Ocean Books.
GET THE FULL ESSAY HERE:  THE FANZINE - BRIAN FOLEY

late nov ga ga

a fine redhead boy

i got bangs

forever having a photo sesh with horse 

potato chip

lots to be grateful for - thanksgiving 16

Monday, November 21, 2016

happy wakeup day, paul longo's got poems over at gramma daily



The last day of history hears you wake up

The Some Things Have to Be Killed and That’s It, Period
was a period of great success for dinosaurs.
I love the lag between the moment they died
and the moment they understood their anger
demanded too many resources.
The day after the big round up everyone thinks
we had the home stretch all to ourselves.
And the planet thinks, the proper use of planets
is to send everyone home.
Planets must be cleaned between uses
to reduce animal anxiety.
Our anxiety comes from the vegetable world
and it doesn't mind, the earth doesn’t
mind to receive it again.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

nov now aka getting used to life without sasstrida


sasstrid flowers

Granny decides she like Grita and vice versa

turned 16

regal in her chair

me and mama take jackson t to a horse show in nashville


beautiful barn waiting for new farrier

new light for my cottage - thank you mama for hanging

whatever harvest there are fruits


rest in peace ASTRID MAGNUSSEN TAYLOR - mama girl, sisterbear (born 2000, tifton, ga - nov. 8, 2016, bridgetown, ga). miss and love you forever.






ga nov athens

best girls




me and peacock at the church

around ga oct

jackson teller sweet boy


lapdog horsebear

new halter for rocky

lynyrd skynyrd

daddy love lynyrd skynyrd

ferris wheel at the ga state fair

way up high twinning with my mamacita

taking it back to early oct - la visit

new glasses at hartsfield-jackson - getting gone

hike crew


are the packers number 1?  yes!

a lil sister hike