11/12: round-up

Hi & happy Friday!

Hope you all had a good week. I, for one, had a tiring week—so I’m grateful to have the weekend to sleep in (A.K.A. wake up at 7:30am rather than 7am).

Here’s what I have for you today:

  • Housekeeping

  • What I read last week

  • Quotations from said texts

  • What I hope to read soon

  • Tweets (So many tweets!)

No, really: so many tweets. To read the whole newsletter, you’ll have to open this email in another window.


Housekeeping:

I have two new poems out in Southeast Review.

I have art on the cover for the newest Your Impossible Voice.

I’m (e-)tabling at the East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest! Since it’s online this year, anyone can participate, and you can find out more information here. That weekend, I’ll be offering major discounts on my zines but, if you want to buy one now, they’re always available here.

And, some other recent posts, in case you missed them:

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on following submission guidelines
Happy Monday, all! Hope your week’s off to a good start. Here’s what I have for you today: On following submission guidelines What I read last week Quotations What I hope to read this week Re: Audre Lorde Re: editor condescension Re: visual poetry…
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11/6: round-up
Hi & happy November! Here’s what I have for you today: Housekeeping What I read this week Where I submitted work this week Quotations I encountered/loved Tweets…
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on boundaries
Hey, you. Here’s what I have for you: Housekeeping What I read today Quotations from texts I read Questions to ask yourself about your work On boundaries Further reading Tweets…
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10/31: round-up
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10/27: round-up
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What I read last week:


Quotations from things I read:

The model of sex as being divided according to male and female is deeply related to, perhaps even patterned after, a model of a completely bifurcated race system of white and black. And so I start there as a way of thinking through the notion of biological sex as being constructed.

-C. Riley Snorton

I’m interested in thinking about how people, particularly black folks, make use of their gender, as a way to resist control.

-C. Riley Snorton

It seemed urgent that I resist the mainstreaming of queerness and sustain a more radical tradition, assimilation being a form of death.

-T. Fleischmann

I think it’s tempting to hold onto the idea of the homosexual as an outlaw figure, but for the most part gay people are completely bourgeois. There’s nothing oppositional about them, nothing revolutionary. We hold onto this idealized queer criminal as some form of alterity.

-Matias Viegener

Death is bigger than our theoretical or linguistic capacities to contain it.

-Matias Viegener

Of all the art forms, poetry is the most economical. It is the one which is the most secret, which requires the least physical labor, the least material, and the one which can be done between shifts, in the hospital pantry, on the subway, and on scraps of surplus paper…poetry has been the major voice of poor, working class, and Colored women. A room of one’s own may be a necessity for writing prose, but so are reams of paper, a typewriter, and plenty of time.

-Audre Lorde

The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt.

-Rebecca Solnit

Bitterness feels right to me as one of the primary critical affects of trans satire as we’re imagining it here—not cynicism, […] but real bitterness, the bitter disappointment of finding out the world is too small for all our desires, and especially the political ones. I know I’m bitter. I get the sense you are, too.

-Andrea Long Chu

I need to be clear here. I need to be clear that I have a car, a fixed address, a computer. That I am white and have access to so much. That I am a worker of the house, not a worker of the field. I speak for myself alone. No, not alone. I need to be clear—I was born amidst so much violence, so much hurt, hurt that benefits me, that traumatizes me, that benefits at times just as it traumatizes me. That I am this hurt. The cud and the swallow. That I am free.

-Jos Charles

I don’t know the difference between the body and its promise.

-Jos Charles

Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought.

-Audre Lorde

Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.

-Audre Lorde

I am afraid of being seen. / I am afraid of being named.

-Joshua Jennifer Espinoza

I am a resistant writer; I always want to work against the grain of my own ease.

-Kazim Ali

We are, each of us, flawed creatures, aren’t we? We stumble, we fail, we make terrible mistakes, we think we learn important lessons and then we make the mistakes again. Beautiful flawed humans we are and in that divine.

-Kazim Ali

I’m just doing my best. I am […] a humble and small thing, easily confused, just hoping like mad to make something good of myself, to be a good son of humans and god. I imagine we are all like that.

-Kazim Ali

The body keeps its silence to protect itself.

-Kazim Ali

I’ve wrestled down god all my life in order to not suffocate. I can’t apologize for the fact that he came after me.

-Kazim Ali


What I hope to read soon:


Tweets:


Okay, I’m done. Have a great weekend!

-DB
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