SOMETIMES THINGS ARE NOT POETIC
THE ONLY THINGS YOU CAN WRITE
TO FILTER OUT THE HUMMING CHAOS OF SURVIVAL
TO WHITTLE IT DOWN TO THE BARE BONES
SO YOU CAN FOCUS
SOMETIMES THINGS ARE NOT POETIC
BECAUSE POETRY HAS MANY HUNGERS
BUT DELICATE TEETH
IT CANNOT EAT THESE ROUGH DAYS
IT CANNOT CHEW THROUGH THE GRISTLE OF WHAT REMAINS AFTER EXHAUSTION HAS BEEN OUTDONE BY ITSELF
AND YOU ARE TIRED OF TRYING
TO FIT THESE ANGRY FEELINGS
INTO SOMETHING EVERYONE
CAN GET BEHIND
BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE GETS IT AND THAT’S JUST HOW IT IS
AND YOU CAN’T ALWAYS PUT ASIDE
HOW SORRY YOU FEEL FOR YOURSELF
FOR THE SAKE OF A GOOD STORY
OR SOME WORDPLAY
SOMETIMES THINGS ARE NOT POETIC BECAUSE YOU’RE TRANS
AND YOU’RE POOR
AND YOUR BODY IS TURNING AGAINST YOU AT EVERY DAYBREAK
BECAUSE YOU ARE CLENCHED SO TIGHT
YOUR FINGERPRINTS BRUISE YOUR PALMS
BEFORE YOU CAN CATCH THEM AT IT
BECAUSE AT EACH AND EVERY PLACE THAT YOU BEND
IT FEELS LIKE BREAKING
YOU ARE BREAKING
BREAKING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE NEWSREEL
AND THE LISTS THAT PEOPLE WRITE
TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE THINGS WE’VE KILLED AND LOST
AND ALL THE PATTERNS WE’VE BUILT INTO THE WORLD
THAT WE CANNOT SHAKE OUR WAY OUT OF
AND ALL THE TREES SEEM TO BE YOUNGER THAN YOU
THERE ARE TOO MANY QUESTIONS TO BARTER FOR ANSWERS
MEANWHILE HALF THE POETS ARE WORKING KITCHENS
KNOCKING SKIN OFF KNUCKLES WITH MISSED CUTS
WHILE THE OTHER HALF ARE UP HERE
IN NICE SHIRTS
TELLING US WE ALL JUST HAVE TO
STAND UP SOMETIMES
THINGS JUST AREN’T POETIC
YOU DON’T WANT THEM TO BE POETIC
POETRY IS A DELICATE
IT’S JUST SHOUTING
SHOUTING AT THE DARK
AND IT’S NOT ENOUGH RIGHT NOW
IT DOESN’T PAY YOUR RENT
IT DOESN’T STOP PIPELINES
IT DOESN’T WALK YOUR DOG
IT DOESN’T KILL RAPISTS
AND IT CAN’T GO BACK IN TIME
AND IT CAN’T REPLACE YOUR BIKE’S FLAT TIRE FOR YOU
IT CAN’T EVEN GO TO THE STORE AND BRING YOU BACK A CHOCOLATE BAR JUST BECAUSE
BUT STILL YOU WRITE POEMS
YOU BORROW RECEIPT PAPER FROM COFFEE SHOPS AND WRITE IN THEIR RED PENS
YOU HIDE IN THE WASHROOMS OF JOBS YOU WILL WALK OUT ON AND JOT THINGS DOWN ON YOUR ARMS JUST ABOVE YOUR SLEEVE LINE
YOU WALK ALONG THE OCEAN AND THROW THE ROUGHER ROCKS BACK IN
YOU WANNA BE THROWN BACK IN
YOU’RE NOT SMOOTH ENOUGH TO BE SEEN JUST YET
YOU WANT THE COOL SALTY DARK
YOU WANT MORE TIME SPENT CRACKLING ALONG OTHER SCRATCHY STONES
MORE TIME BEING MOVED BEYOND YOUR CONTROL
AND THEN MAYBE SOMETHING WILL SHINE IN YOU
SOMETHING WILL MAKE THE SEA TOSS YOU GLIMMERING GLORIOUS
ONTO THE SHORELINE AND YOU’LL KNOW WHAT YOU’RE ABOUT
SOMETIMES THINGS ARE NOT POETIC
JUST SHOWS UP
hello i am back for at least a short time until i no longer have access to a computer with a screen.
I MOVED TO VICTORIA BC! WOOO! soo.. that’s great. i am working at a full on vegan gf raw whatever the fuck place and i am going to make art and friends.
for those of you who are just here for max, he’s doing well. he has many dog friends here too so that’s nice.
Casual reminder that in one of Leonardo da Vinci’s many notebooks containing innumerable artistic and scientific sketches and notes of incomprehensible importance, there is a sketch of two penises with legs and tails walking towards a crudely drawn anus.
The sketch was most likely done by Leonardo’s apprentice Salai, who was not only very likely one of Leonardo’s lovers, but who was also infamously mischievous. Better yet, the anus is literally labeled “Salai.”
So either Salai drew these while Leonardo wasn’t looking just to annoy his boyfriend, or Leonardo himself put actual time and energy into drawing these. Either way, the human race is truly blessed to have made such a discovery.
There are dick drawings like the ones you see on desks in school in Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks. Please cherish this information.
In the midst of exploring Renaissance Italy history for reasons, I have found a wonder.
hello i am back and this shall be my second reblahg
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload Ep. 5
things i will not get about this century:
why are there movies, tv shows, and games
about plastic toys
based on cartoon characters
who have their own movies, tv shows, and games?
also how am i too old to get lego for presents these days? how did that happen and how do i stop it.
I like the unreality of your mind; the whole thing is very splendid and voluptuous and absurd.
Remember several weeks ago when blogger and writer Jincey Lumpkin called Miley Cyrus a feminist icon? Outspoken Black feminists took her to task for ignoring Miley’s exploitation of Black women. The backlash was so fierce that Jincey apologized.
Fast forward to November 13th, an ordinary day made extraordinary by the declaration of Lily Allen’s “Hard Out Here” as a feminist anthem and her video as a “genius” satire of pop videos. The video swerves into Miley’s lane featuring a relatively covered pop singer surrounded by scantily clad Black women. It features close-ups of Black women twerking, a long-standing hip hop dance for which has bizarrely been given credit Miley Cyrus. Lily Allen herself claims it’s satire but, given her iffy take on the black female body during a spat with Azlia Banks and the lyric “I don’t need to shake my ass for you because I have a brain,” timed right as one of her Black dancers bends over, it’s unclear what she’s satirizing, exactly. What is clear is that Jincey should have never apologized. Miley Cyrus IS a feminist icon and now, so is Lily Allen. They are feminist icons, and that feminism is White, cis, well-to-do and disingenuous.
Black women have been fighting for space in feminism since Sojourner asked anti-abolitionist suffragists “Ain’t I a woman?” There is a long, sad, and complicated history of white women being active participants in the (ongoing) colonization and exploitation of Black and brown women the world over. Funnily enough, Lily Allen sings in her slut-shaming “feminist” anthem “We’ve come a long way, and if you don’t see the sarcasm in that, you’re missing the point.”
We see this history come out to play when mainstream feminism shuns Black celebrities for the very things they laud their White peers for. So far, the list who gets the feminist badge looks very Caucasian and contradictory. Miley Cyrus is a feminist icon for getting naked. Lily Allen is a feminist for slut-shaming Miley Cyrus.
With this happening so frequently, it begs the question: what is the standard for mainstream feminism when it comes to claiming pop singers and celebrities?
It seems that any white celebrity who is both successful and female gets branded as some sort of feminist whether or not she has even called herself one. Looking at the low standard for who gets to be a feminist pop icon, I’m left wondering why Rihanna hasn’t gotten her badge yet. Rihanna has done more work in the field of feminism than any of the pop stars in her age group. She quite eloquently discussed rape and rape culture in her Man Down video. She chose to address domestic violence in her “We Found Love Video.” Most recently she centered the female gaze AND celebrated the athleticism of strippers in her Pour It Up video. Since the infamous domestic violence incident, Rihanna has made a commitment to live her life on her terms. It permeates her every choice, especially the ones we, the public, do not like. That alone is a powerful statement to other survivors of domestic violence, like myself.
All Miley had to do was sit on a wrecking ball, naked.
While almost every White pop star gets rewarded a feminist badge, the list of who mainstream feminism has declared “bad for the movement” looks quite uniform and Black. Beyonce suffers from internalized misogyny. Nicki Minaj is oversexed and suffers from internalized misogyny. Rihanna is a confused, oversexed victim…who suffers from internalized misogyny.
The fact is, Rihanna doesn’t get dubbed as a feminist icon for the very same reasons her white peers do: the black female body is deemed as overtly sexual. So much so Miley Cyrus can derive a sexual identity just by associating with Blackness and Lily Allen can make a critique of hyper sexuality on our backs. Rihanna being Black and female must work from proving she isn’t just a sex object. Miley gets to be naked and feminist because it is presumed that she is “innocent” and that enjoying sex—for White women like her—isn’t the norm, but a revolutionary act. This was the justification for the rape of Black women, the very reason Saartjie’s genitals were carved from her body, to prove our inherently sexual nature and to prove the White woman’s asexual (and therefore, pure) one.
When pop stars are declared to be shining examples of feminism while continuing a legacy of shaming and sexualizing black bodies, mainstream feminism is sending a clear message: we still ain’t women.
I did a thing on Twitter. We talk serious shop but we also have good laughs. You know about my Block, The Magic Dragon ideology for Twitter; now you know my I don’t give a fuck ideology as well. These trolls who think I *must* indulge their bullshit at all times are drunk on entitlement and can gargle rocks.
Best period-related ad ever? Best period-related ad ever.
It’s actually the worst period-related ad ever.
Not sure which rock these people grew up under, but it’s a known fact that women, or rather girls in this case, shouldn’t even be using tampons. It won’t hurt them, of course not, but OB-GYNS say you shouldn’t use them until you’ve had your first sexual experience. To be more specific: If you want your hymen to stay intact, don’t use a freaking tampon.
And how old is that girl again?! 11… 12, maybe?!… Yeah she’s not supposed to stick anything up her vagina at that age.
This ad is just too wrong on too many levels for my liking.
Hold the phone. Listen here, fuckwit, how about you shut up and learn something about female anatomy before you go spouting off and making a fool of your damn self. The only reason doctors sometimes tell younger girls to wait to use tampons is that middle-school aged girls often aren’t responsible enough to remember to take out their tampons on time and not give themselves TSS.
And this irresponsible ass-hattery you’re pulling about the hymen? It’s a thin, elastic ring of tissue just inside the vagina. I repeat: A RING. You know what fucking rings have? Holes in the middle, shit-for-brains. If it wasn’t a ring, didn’t have a hole, how the fucking fuck did you think females had periods in the first place?! For almost all females, you can go right ahead and stick whatever the fuck you want up there—tampons, fingers, penises, cucumbers, glittery purple dildos, popsicles, what the christing fuck ever—and as long as you’re gentle and stretch it out slowly, your hymen will never tear. Or “pop”, if we’re using the fucked up misogynistic term for a god-awfully mistunderstood part of the female body.
Pull your head lout of your goddamn colon and learn a thing or two before you go fucking up a perfectly good post with you patriarchal-brainwashed bullshit. Please and thank you.
OH YES IT GOT BETTER
NOT POPSICLES THO THEY’LL GIVE YOU YEAST INFECTIONS AND MAKE SURE THOSE GLITTERY DILDOS ARE MADE OF PTHALATE-FREE MATERIALS otherwise this is amazing rock on yes.
THIS is amazing.
Q:oh noooo, a painting or presentation about a historical figure is cropped to focus on the historical figure...
OMG YOU’RE RIGHT
We totally can learn much more about History and Art History from this:
Than we can from this:
I mean, what about this guy???? He’s totally from history!!!
But actually this work is about revolutionizing military painting because this is The Surrender of Breda by Diego Velasquez
Or, let’s talk about Luis Sotelo the Franciscan Monk! Did you know he traveled literally around the world??? He’s so great! So learned! Just look at him from this painting held in the Vatican!!!!!!
But hey let’s NOT talk about the only reason he ever went anywhere, which was because he was accompanied by Hasekura Tsunenaga and his retinue, who were secret Japanese ambassadors to the Pope in Rome, which is where and why they were painted at all:
Are we getting any clearer yet?
I get why people want to see images that focus on who the text is about, but seriously (and this is going to sound terrible because of my ignorance beforehand), I had no idea that Japanese people set foot in Rome during medieval times before I saw this post. That is how much context was lost by the cropping of that image. And for fuck’s sake, it’s not like educators can’t show a 2nd damn slide with the whole image.
And I’m not even the one who bolded the above, for a change. :) Also, exactly.
As others have mentioned (including myself in the op), these are all “historical figures”. Which figures are chosen to represent different things in different lecture materials, handouts, and PowerPoints are important, because the strongly influence our ideas of what a “default” person of a particular area, time period, or event looked like.
Say you’re in a Western Civ class, and your prof gives a quick rundown on Rubens. What do you think you’ll see at the header of the slide as a "typical" Rubens? (both are cropped)
What about Rubens’ studies? Which one is “Study: Head of a Woman”? (full images)
All four are in fact, pretty typical of Rubens’ work.
I just wonder what kind of discussion would happen in the classroom depending on which image was used.
THIS TUMbLR is a good tumblr