8.23.11 what if we happen: collaborative generating #16
This is your teacher, concrete English,
together the way we became
onions, smothering the land. Who says no,
goodbye history of water, they left home
for a living. Eight night caretaker, I cut out first,
a lit in me can soak up oil.
One-armed architecture, a soft bed and she a fitting
room girl. The flesh cancer and chocolate, soon
unison, I would learn to speak as bird,
put hand in soil, rise
into this bearded world. To grow up steel,
I want to be a river.
(made from the words of Monica Hand, Rachelle Cruz, Hari Malagayo Alluri, Carol Gomez, Todd Wellman, Melissa Morrow, Serena W. Lin, Yael Villafranca, Evangeline Ganaden & Tamiko Beyer)
Promptings for your writings:
We must shift from a politic of desirability and beauty to a politic of ugly and magnificence. That moves us closer to bodies and movements that disrupt, dismantle, disturb. Bodies and movements ready to throw down and create a different way for all of us, not just some of us.
The magnificence of a body that shakes, spills out, takes up space, needs help, moseys, slinks, limps, drools, rocks, curls over on itself. The magnificence of a body that doesn’t get to choose when to go to the bathroom, let alone which bathroom to use. A body that doesn’t get to choose what to wear in the morning, what hairstyle to sport, how they’re going to move or stand, or what time they’re going to bed. The magnificence of bodies that have been coded, not just undesirable and ugly, but un-human. – Mia Mingus
1) Tenor Rodrick Dixon on his part in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Donald Sur’s “Slavery Documents.”
2) T.J. Anderson\’s “Runaway, Runaways” – conceived as a companion to Donald Sur’s “Slavery Documents.” Drawing material from Loren Schweininger’s collection The Southern Debate Over Slavery, the composer asked himself, “Why would anyone want to write a composition about slavery at the beginning of the 21st century?”
Hari Kondabolu – Where are you from?
Versions of Tracie Morris’ “Project Princess”
What now? What now? What now? – Monica Hand
(via Rachelle Cruz)
“hear a calling, answer it.” – via a friend’s facebook post (via Hari Malagayo Alluri)
do i feed the squirrels alongside the birds? is that fair to the birds? – Carol Gomez
“DOT is currently studying the feasibility of adding a bike lane to the Hoan Bridge and expects to complete its study sometime this fall. This neighborhood meeting will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about the DOT bike lane study and to let state transportation officials know how you feel about adding a bike lane to the Hoan Bridge. I hope to see you there!” – Rep. Richards (via Todd Wellman)
(via Melissa Morrow)
From Insomnia by Cornelius Eady
“You’ll never sleep tonight.
Trains will betray you, cars confess
Whether you like it
They want more
Than to be in
They want to tell you
(via Serena W. Lin)
Prompt in two parts:
“Some men say an army of horse and some men say an army on foot
and some men say an army of ships is the more beautiful thing
on the black earth. But I say it is
what you love.” —Sappho, translated by Anne Carson
(via Yael Villafranca)
If you happen to have watched armed men
beat and drag your father
out the front door of your house
and into the back of an idling truck
before your mother jerked you from the threshold
and buried your face in her skirt folds,
try not to judge your mother too harshly.
Don’t ask her what she thought she was doing
turning a child’s eyes
away from history
and toward that place all human aching starts.
Li-Young Lee, “Self-Help for Fellow Refugees”
(via Evangeline Ganaden)
by Lisa Chen
I have a fetish for the torso.
The meat dead in the center.
The tragic hero in _Johnny Got His Gun_
The most innocent part the body because it is incapable of striking out.
The most of you that ties you to this earth.
(via Tamiko Beyer)