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angel of the quake [or the patriarchy is crumbling]

angel of the quake

she clings to his leg
holding up the fractured pillars
(white marble with purple veins)

she clings to him
looking up with such devotion
(the master feeds her)

she clings to his leg
holding on to a crumbling world

she is in the rubble now
her hands bleeding
seeking his eyes

he doesn’t see her
his eyes averted
(he sees only all the work he must do)

neither of them see
the water rising
but she is under first
the water filling her lungs
(he doesn’t notice)

he leaves to
find an oar

An ekphrastic poem I wrote inspired by the photo “Angel of the Quake” by Manuel Álvarez that I had the privilege to see at the Frye Art Museum as part of the Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Mexico’s Poet of Light exhibit.

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The patriarchy is crumbling.  Creating chaos.  Creating opportunity.

The poet Holderin wrote

Danger itself/

Fosters the rescuing power

Danger and risk can serve to lift us out of our complacency.  It’s certainly true that comfort seems to keep us deadened in many ways.  Clinging to crumbling pillars will not end well.  We can co-create a new reality.

Embrace the new.

Imagine new possibilities.

Stay woke.

Love.

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Note:  Image is a piece in I did in 24 hours as part of 14/48:  The World’s Quickest Theater Festival in January 2014, now in a private collection.  We were given a prompt, a support, and 24 hours to create a work of art in whatever medium we chose. I didn’t know at the time that would one day have an orange-haired clown as POTUS but that’s how the Unconscious works, isn’t it?

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dance of joy

I wrote this song with words/content from some Facebook friends today.  I’m gonna be singing it tonight at A Creative Commons Celebration hosted by The Seattle Star.  Here are the lyrics if you want to sing along:

Today I dance a dance of joy
For my ancestors and yours
I wanna break down these walls
And unlock every door.

Today I dance a dance of joy
For my ancestors and yours
I wanna break down these walls
And unlock every door.

Today, I will be kind
I’ll hug you if you don’t mind
Today is a gift
Let’s make the shift
Dance for remembrance

Come on let’s dance a dance of joy
For my ancestors and yours
Let’s break down these walls
And unlock every door.

Come on let’s dance a dance of joy
For my ancestors and yours
Let’s break down these walls
And unlock every door.

In the light of the moon
I dance for you
Under the sky so blue
I do this dance of joy for you
Grass ‘neath my toes
Wind on my thighs
I got something here
To put a glint in your eye

Today I dance a dance of joy
For my ancestors and yours
I wanna break down these walls
And unlock every door.

Timing is everything
Or so they say
Today I’m just gonna get out my own way
And play
Play
Play

Let’s dance a dance of joy
For my ancestors and yours
Let’s break down these walls
And unlock every door.

Come on let’s dance a dance of joy
For my ancestors and yours
Let’s break down these walls
And unlock every door.

11/16/17 Update:  After performing it a capella at the event, I decided I needed to add some instruments.  Spent a few minutes messing around with it in Garage Band today (Literally one take on the vocals).  Here’s the work-in-progress.

(insert Creative Commons jazz here when I have time.)

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B-Sides


Hey Seattle!

I’m going to be in this show this coming Monday. This is is not a warm and fuzzy tale of holiday cheer. This is, well, rare, a little dark, hilarious and highly entertaining.

This is Christmas: B-Sides & Rarities

This is the dark and bluesy side of Yuletide. We’ll be hunkered down in Fremont’s best venue, West of Lenin to entertain you.

For everyone who has ever gagged at the thought of a sugar plum, slipped spiked egg nog to a young cousin just to make Christmas Eve interesting, or woken up wearing half of a Santa Claus costume and no earthly idea of your own whereabouts, have we got a show for you:

• music from Sky Lynn (of Levator), yours truly, Ukelele cover band Superfluous, and Stine and Lyam White;
• some kind of stories on stage featuring Jose Amador, Mark Fullerton, Rob MacGregor, Paul Shipp, Jerry Soules, Lisa Viertel, and Joe Zavadil;
• words from Paul Mullin with some drunken paean or another;
• something from Scot Augustson (we predict either puppets or a rendition of “Ave Maria” in the voice of an angel), Jennifer Jasper (well, s$^%-ass funny is a safe bet), and John McKenna (when music meets the thing you wish you thought of).

Adult beverages will be on sale at this 21+ event.

Tickets for this one-night-only event are $15 and available at Brown Paper Tickets and at the door. Seating is general admission and extremely limited.

Come on out. It’s a Monday. What else have you got to do?

RSVP on the Facebook page here if you like.

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Wild Round the Dinner Table

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Hello Friends. I will be reading a new poem at this event created by Marya Sea Kaminski and sponsored by the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

I once dated a man whose son had Asperger’s. My experience with this boy informs the piece I wrote. I was drawn to participating because I believe in being an ally for families whose lives are touched by Autism.

Please feel free to join us if you are so inclined. Information below.

WILD ROUND THE DINNER TABLE:
Writers Read on Family, Home and Autism
December 15th @ 2pm
Cornish College of the Arts, room 102
1000 Lenora Street (at Denny Way)

Free. Autism-friendly. All are welcome.

*SEATING IS VERY LIMITED.
Please RSVP TO thewildround@gmail.com to reserve a seat.

Informal coffee hour to follow.
Feel encouraged to bring cookies or sweets to share!

Featuring writers, musicians and readers Alyson Bedford, Katrina Davis, Jeanne Lee, Kymberlee della Luce, Marya Sea Kaminski, Jessica Mooney, Tommer Peterson, Sarah Samudre, and Tsige Tafesse with a special appearance by Oliver W. Crisp.

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become your own superhero

This video features my friend, Aaron Dietz, who recently published his book Super through Emergency Press. This video was shot last winter at the KNOCK Magazine release party. I volunteered to come up on stage and volunteer my services as a superhero. In the video, I jokingly say that my superhero name is Super Pussy. As I reflect on that I think about what it means to be a superhero and what my super powers are.

I am Super Pussy

#83 of my 100 Paths to Ecstasy project is Be your own superhero. Give yourself a superhero name. List your powers. Own them. Live them.

If, indeed, I am Super Pussy, my powers are:

Giving birth to two universes.
Knowing how to give and receive pleasure.
Being both strong and flexible.
Being receptive.
Being filled with fragrant, moist feminine grace.

Do I own these? YES! Do I live them? YES!

I am Super Pussy!

But that’s only one alter ego of mine.

What about you? What kind of superhero are you?

P.S., Buy Aaron’s book. It’s totally fabulous and inspiring.