It is the end
I want to believe
that I would expose it all
Tell the truth finally
Tell you everything I’ve ever kept hidden
The feelings that were too ugly to reveal
Because if it is the end
my reasons for hiding myself no longer matter
But it is the end
and it no longer matters
I will shield you from the dark truth
Might as well
It is the end
it won’t end with fire. or ice. it will just end.
one day we’ll lie down together, and look at each other, and laugh. cry. talk about our day.
think about our eyes and the colors they change to. think about each other, and our past, and our future.
what has been and what will be.
who will be.
where we will be.
and one day, at the end of the day, we wont know it, but it will be the last time.
i don’t know if i want to know what awaits
is it gardens and oceans and flowers and sand and rivers of milk and honey
is it the arched gate i always pictured up in the clouds
or is it the alternative
am i sinking into the quicksand more and more each day
its probably neither
there’s probably nothing in either direction
and then we’ll disappear
the thought is hard to wrap my head around we are so caught up
in thinking we are so significant
we have to have souls
that will last forever
that will stay somewhere in this strange world
haunting our futures
and our pasts
The world ended over and over for you
When you didn’t get that toy you wanted from the store
When you had that nightmare
When you scraped your knee
When you fainted
When he didn’t like you back
When they moved far away
When it broke
And yet when you woke in the morning you felt better
The world restarted
Everything felt new
And everything was ok
What makes you think this time will be different?
When I Say Yellow
It has been a fortnight
Since cold ran me down,
Mercury heightened up,
I had so many plans
To study long nights,
Adorn my balcony with festive lights,
All of them…. Bedridden.
O Mirror, dear fellow,
Eyes are yellow,
My leather tanned yellow,
Is it a whim of Halloween
That removed all my mellow?
In me, all yellow.
Outside, all yellow.
What I eat, yellow.
My dreams, yellow.
That sweet-lime poured in a glass,
Ripe lemons cut my lips like knives,
Sugarcane: the sweetener in an injection
And grams.. The only solid intake.
Fantasies crave in me now;
Pizza smeared with Parmesan,
A crackling dish of fries,
No. O, no. They will rust my liver,
As if it hasn’t by now!
No more do I care of
This mettlesome heart,
Steadily I am falling apart.
A last wish before I sleep,
The next morning light,
If not bright.
Edil Christian is a writer currently based in India.He is engrossed in literature and art craft forms. His work has appeared in the Yellow Chair Review. He enjoys the vivacity in smallest of things like a LED bulb or a doormat. You can find more of his poetry on twitter @edil_christian
I have tried to live life sitting up
though it’s always tempting to lie down
resting on the part of my spine that juts out
I think about the possibility of someone holding onto my heart.
Life isn’t a game,
We try and explain.
But we are chasing the things we want.
We are making the moves
To differentiate ourselves
(or at least myself)
we look in the mirror for some reason to care
and to justify what we want
and why what we want is right.
Why exploding the soapy bubble was the right thing
Why stinging the girl in the headband set her free
Why holding onto the one person who was so consistently inconsistent to you
was so beautiful.
But so prolonged.
Was it worth holding on?
Allowing myself to become lesser in the eyes of the community.
Letting my chest soak in the thick spaghetti of the world outside my home.
The dusty screen and the toasty bed become antiquated
like an old familiar teacher.
I never got to prove them wrong.
But what would that do?
Prove them right about someone else?
Now I’m looking in the mirror
Did I want the right things?
Did I do those things right?
What have I done right?
It’s the recurring story of our lives.
There’s just no time.
by Maria Ramos-Chertok
(After Joe Brainard’s I Remember)
I remember when all the presidents were white men
Then I remember when that changed
And I remember how happy I was to be living at a time when I could see the first black family inhabit the White House
And I remember my friends talking about how they were worried it would rain and ruin Michelle’s hair
And I remember seeing them walk down the Pennsylvania Avenue
And I remember my thrill and joy
And now I remember when it changed back
I remember the hope of a woman president
Although I remember she was moderate and I remember our country needed more
And now I remember yesterday
When I watched the map of the US turn red and red and red
And I remember my terror
And my fear
And my saying, no it can’t be
And I remember shutting down
And not talking to my kids
And I remember my son telling me, “it’s going to be alright”
And I remember thinking, No, it’s not going to be alright
And I remember not wanting to say it out loud
I remember not wanting to voice the terror of what could happen
I remember crying alone all morning and afternoon and even now
And I remember reaching out to see who might offer me hope
And I remember the men who inspire me
Martin Luther King, Jr.
And I remembered that two of them were assassinated and one imprisoned for thirty years
And I remember why the struggle is called that
And I remember I must go on
Because it’s not okay
Maria is a writer whose work and art revolve around social justice issues. Thankfully, she is based in the blue bubble of the bay area.
by Chris Barton
the leaves still fall on the sidewalk in November
a cat still doesn’t know what a four year term is
strawberry coconut yoghurt still tastes good in the afternoon
my mom will still teach 5th graders about the emancipation proclamation
i still don’t comprehend the desire to shoot and skin a large moose
by myself in the woods
the middle to the end of your twenties seems like the closest, widest,
and deepest your capacity to be able to understand another human life is
on a multitude of levels, simultaneously, from different emotional
and temporal perspectives
and this syncretism is a vast excitement that is inherently satisfying
and alienating, because of its size and sensation of listlessness
and inability to affirm
being upset with the results of an election that you voluntarily participated in
seems like an issue of agency or choice
and a feeling of unchangeableness
or a lack of validation of agency or choice
caused by the absence of hope
and a knee-jerk response to orientate yourself
bleakly instead of earnestly toward the future
which is the comprisement of a series of rotations of a large rock
on an axis inside of a vastness that is unquantifiably larger
and denser than the perceivable vastness
of comprehension of your mid to late twenties
which certain people might disagree with
and this seems ultimately ok
because we all could mutually benefit
from being more tolerant
and addicted to trying
in my opinion
it felt good to type this
Chris Barton received a BA in creative writing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His poetry and fiction has appeared most recently in Funhouse & Dum Dum Zine. His mother is a 5th grade school teacher. Thank you for reading.
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There are numerous #notmypresidentprotests happening around the country. Last night hundreds of thousands of protestors gathered in cities across the nation. There will be more protests happening tonight. And tomorrow.
- Protesters target Trump buildings in massive street rallies (CNN) 11/10/16
There are several petitions going around. Consider signing them. All of them.
- Whitehouse.gov Petition – Employ the Electoral College to avoid a Donald Trump presidency.
- Change.org Petition – Electoral College: Make Hillary Clinton President on December 19
- Daily Kos: Abolish the Electoral College
- Moveon.org Petition – Tell the Electoral College to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton.
- Credo Petition – Tell Congress: Remove the anti-LGBTQ Russell amendment from the National Defense Authorization Act.
- Change.org Petition – Prosecute Trump for illegal offenses before the Dec. 19 Electoral College Vote.
- Avaaz – Global Open Letter to Donald Trump
- SPLC – Tell Donald Trump to reject hate and bigotry
Also check out these articles:
- University of Utah finds legal case to impeach Trump should he be elected
- How to Impeach a US President
- The surprisingly realistic path to eliminating the Electoral College by 2020
- The one scenario that could still get Hillary into the White House
Other urgent issues to help out on now.
- CLOSE GUANTANAMO NOW! – More Info / Petition
- FREE LEONARD PELTIER
- OBAMA – STOP THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE NOW – Petition / Take Action & Stand Standing Rock
- NOV 15 NoDAPL – Day of Action at Army Corps of Engineers (Note* Trump received over $160k from Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelsy Warren, even though the cap is $2,700, they created a Trump Victory Fund as loophole. In addition to this, Trump has over a million invested in ETP)
- Oceti Sakowin Camp – List of needs at Standing Rock ((keeping in mind that Trump has vowed to “lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward” in his first 100 days)
- How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline
- A 70-Day Web Security Action Plan for Artists and Activists Under Siege
- A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support (Jezebel)
- Feminist, LGBTQIA, Race/Gender Inclusive, Progressive Volunteer Opportunities and Organizations, State by State (Google Doc)
- If You’re Overwhelmed By The Election, Here’s What You Can Do Now (Huffington Post)
- Let’s Get to Work: Practical Ways for Writers and Teachers to Get Involved Right Now (Electric Literature)
- Progressive Organizations That Need Your Support, Now More Than Ever, in Trump’s America (W)
The lists above are great resources, some highlights from those resources plus more:
- The American Civil Liberties Union works to defend individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. Donate here.
- The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, it fights against anti-semitism and bigotry as one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country. Find your local affiliate here and donate here.
- Border Angels is an all-volunteer non-profit that advocates for immigration reform and social justice focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border. It offers educational and awareness programs and migrant outreach programs to San Diego County’s immigrant population. Donate here.
- The Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers enrichment programs and support for children when they’re not in school. Donate and learn about ways to volunteer here.
- Campaign Zero advocates for policy solutions to end police violence in America. Fill out this survey to learn how to get involved.
CARECEN-LA is an amazing organization that offers low cost immigration services and free resources for/to immigrants. They’re always looking for volunteers, especially now. It’s college application time and they need mentors to help kids with that stuff! Volunteer here. Or a more direct contact, if someone wants to start tomorrow – Javier Miranda at email@example.com.
- The Center for Reproductive Rights is the world’s foremost legal advocate for securing women’s access to quality reproductive health care. Donate here.
- The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) is an advocacy and organizing group focusing on achieving human, civil, and labor rights for immigrants. Donate here.
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the country’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Donate here or find your local chapter here.
- EarthJustice is the largest nonprofit environmental law organization in the country, working to protect wildlife, for healthy communities, and for cleaner energy options. The organization represents its clients free of charge. Donate here, and sign up for action alerts here.
- EMILY’s List is a political action committee that works to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates to public office. Donate here, or find out how to how to run for office here.
- Friends of the Earth: Contribute to international network of environmental groups. They’ve already vowed to fight the threat Trump poses to the environment.
- The Future Project: Help the young people of America fulfill their potential.
- Howard Brown Health: Howard Brown Health exists to eliminate the disparities in healthcare experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness.
- The Innocence Project. Mission: The Innocence Project’s mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. Needs: Monetary donations
- The Mazzoni Center offers healthcare services to LGBTQ population in Philadelphia, including trans clinical care services, walk-in HIV and STI testing, primary care, and addiction and recovery services. Donate here and find information about volunteer opportunities here.
- NARAL Pro-Choice America is a political advocacy group focused on fighting for women’s reproductive rights and freedom. Click here to donate and here to volunteer.
- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) works to promote the civil rights of people of color and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here, and find your local chapter for more ways to get involved here.
- The NAACP Legal Defense Fund fights for racial justice through litigation, advocacy and education. Donate and learn about ways to get involved here.
- The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) advocates for victims and attempts to change policy surrounding domestic violence. Click here to donate.
- The National Immigration Law Center is dedicated to fighting for the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and various other methods. Donate or learn how you can attend a local training here.
- The National Immigration Forum is another leading immigrant advocacy group that offers various programs to integrate immigrants into the workforce and obtain citizenship. Donate here.
- National Organization for Women (NOW) is an activist organization, foundation and PAC that advocates for equal rights for women. Donate here, and look for volunteer programs, like clinic escorting, on your local chapter’s page.
- The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault lists a number of ongoing volunteer opportunities in childcare, community training, rape crisis counseling, and legal advocacy here.
- NextGen Climate Action works politically “to prevent climate disaster.” Click here to donate and click here to volunteer.
- Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider. Click here for nationwide volunteer opportunities (including as a clinic escort) and click here to donate. Local chapters also list more extensive volunteer opportunities, so take a look at your specific chapter (here’s New York’s page) for more.
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE; online.rainn.org; rainn.org/es) and programs to help victims of sexual violence. Click here for information about how to volunteer for the hotline or in your community, and click here to donate.
- The Reproductive Health Access Project is a non-profit that trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible. Click here to donate.
- Running Start is another organization dedicated to educating young women and girls about the importance of politics, through the Young Women’s Political Leadership Program and various other fellowships and internships. Donate here.
- She Should Run is a non-profit that aims to get more women into elected leadership roles. You can donate here or anonymously ask a woman you know to run for office.
- Combat racism with Showing Up For Racial Justice
- The Sierra Club is the largest grassroots environmental organization in the county, and works to protect millions of acres of wilderness and pass legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Click here for ways to give.
- The Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate groups and bigotry using education, litigation, and advocacy. Donate here.
- SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice. Mission: SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Needs: Fundraising, event hosts, event attendees, monetary donations, planning/organizing
- The Sylvia Rivera Law Project provides legal services specifically to low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. Click here to donate, and click here for to volunteer.
- The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own. Donate here or learn about how you can volunteer as a Child Advocate in Chicago, New York, Houston, and Washington D.C. here.
- Be a part of your next local election as a poll worker and encourage voters to come out
LGBT & Trans Support:
Please spread the word about the LGBT suicide hotlines Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860 and The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386. There have already been reports of several youth and adult trans suicides. Consider applying to volunteer for Trans Lifeline or The Trevor Project yourself. Also, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
Dennis Sweeney has started a new literary journal that will document the time under Trump: The Trump Years
Matter Studios is looking for urgent stories w/ powerful, singular voices.
This poetry packet includes poems for coping & discussing post-election, put together by Editor Janice Lee. There is a PDF version here. It is now a poetry playlist online at Verse here. More poems for coping here on Enclave and a roundup, continually updated.
Good Articles, Essays, Responses to Read:
- Michael Moore Gives 5 Scary Reasons Why Trump Will Win 7/21/16
- President Trump’s First Term by Evan Osnos (The New Yorker) 9/26/16
- What Do We Tell the Children? by Ali Michael (Huffington Post) 11/8/16
- Michael Moore’s “Morning After To-Do List” Facebook Post For Democrats 11/9/16
- An American Tragedy By David Remnick (The New Yorker) 11/9/16
- It was the Democrats’ embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump by Naomi Klein (Guardian) 11/9/16
- President-elect Trump due to appear in court at trial starting later this month (Politico) 11/9/16
- Here Is What Donald Trump Wants To Do In His First 100 Days by Amita Kelly (NPR) 11/9/16
- White people elected Donald Trump White people voted to elect Donald Trump by Emma Fidel (Vice) 11/9/16
- If Donald Trump Implements His Proposed Policies, We’ll See Him in Court by Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director 11/9/16
- Here’s Why We Grieve Today by John Pavlovitz 11/9/16
- Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election 11/9/16
- Seattle will remain sanctuary city for immigrants despite Trump presidency, mayor says 11/9/16
- Finish Your Ugly-Crying. Here’s What Comes Next. by Ann Friedman (The Cut) 11/9/16
- How To Send Hillary Clinton A Thank You Card For Everything She’s Done (Bustle) 11/9/16
- Read the Letter Aaron Sorkin Wrote His Daughter After Donald Trump Was Elected President (Vanity Fair) 11/9/16
- Your Turn to Lose #Election2016 by Teka Lark 11/9/16
- Now What, America? Writers Reflect on the Election (PEN America) 11/9/16
- On “Woke” White People Advertising their Shock that Racism just won a Presidency by Courtney Parker West 11/9/16
- The Most American Kind of America by Johanna Hedva 11/10/16
- What President Donald Trump Means for Muslims by Omer Aziz (New Republic) 11/10/16
- A Transgender Woman’s Letter For The American Public (Clash) 11/10/16
- I Will Teach My Children To Survive The New America by Manuel Gonzales (Buzzfeed) 11/10/16
- Farewell, America by Neal Gabler 11/10/16
- Autocracy: Rules for Survival by Masha Gessen (NYRB) 11/10/16
- Here’s What I’m Telling My Brown Son About Trump’s America by Mira Jacob (Buzzfeed) 11/10/16
- Election Could Still Result In Trump-Clinton Tie: Analyst by Max Kutner (Newsweek) 11/10/16
- American Women Are Suffering from Trump Traumatic Stress Disorder (Politics USA) by Sarah Jones 11/10/16
- The Centre of a Whirlwind: Watching Whiteness Work by Akwugo Emejulu (Verso) 11/10/16
- Mourning Trump and the America We Could Have Been by Meghan O’Rourke (The New Yorker) 11/10/16
- Reid Statement on the Election of Donald Trump 11/11/16
- A primer on executive power: Trump can’t end same-sex marriages, but he could speed up deportations (LA Times) 11/11/16
- If you voted for Trump because he’s ‘anti-establishment,’ guess what: You got conned by Paul Waldman (Washington Post) 11/11/16
- Henderson: Vote for Trump was a consent, purposeful or not, to bigotry (Detroit Free Press) 11/11/16
- Michael Moore: Trump won’t finish his first term (The Hill) 11/11/16
- A Running List Of Reported Racist Incidents After Donald Trump’s Victory (Buzzfeed) 11/11/16
- No, we should not wait and see what a Trump administration does. We should organize our resistance right now. by Shaun King (Daily News) 11/11/16
- Michael Moore says he wants to head an Occupy-like movement against Donald Trump (LA Times) 11/11/16
- Michael Moore Predicts Donald Trump Won’t Last The Full 4 Years (Huffington Post) 11/11/16
- Bernie Sanders: Where the Democrats Go From Here (NY Times) 11/11/16
- Election 2016 Stop Asking Me to Empathize With the White Working Class And a few other tips for white people in this moment. by Kali Holloway (AlterNet) 11/11/16
- This is for the adoptees of color struggling with family in the wake of Trump’s victory 11/11/16
- Donald Trump Is Picking His Cabinet: Here’s a Short List (NY Times) 11/12/16
Suggestions on who to follow:
- Porochista Khakpour (@PKhakpour)
- Lidia Yuknavitch (@LidiaYuknavitch)
- Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt)
- ACLU (@ACLU)
- Michael Moore (@MMFlint)
- Shaun King (@ShaunKing)
- Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko)
- Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee)
- Roxane Gay (@rgay)
- Morgan Parker (@morganapple)
- Lindy West (@thelindywest)
- Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome)
- Candace Williams (@TeacherC)
- Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior)
Self-Care/Preparation for January:
Don’t forget to take care of yourself during this stressful time as well. That includes meditating, going for a hike, eating well, taking care of your mental and physical health needs, and hugging kittens & puppies. Also, for some of us, there is a real an actual feat of losing access to certain services and rights in January.
- Oh shit! The what should I do before January guide (AWESOME resource)
Concrete Suggestions in Preparation for January (by demographic)
Wear a Safety Pin to Show Solidarity:
— wifeontheverge (@tiffmagid) November 11, 2016
- The Official #GrabYourWallet Boycott List of Companies that Do Business with and/or Back the Trump Family
From Michael Moore’s “Morning After To-Do List”:
Morning After To-Do List:
1. Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably.
2. Fire all pundits, predictors, pollsters and anyone else in the media who had a narrative they wouldn’t let go of and refused to listen to or acknowledge what was really going on. Those same bloviators will now tell us we must “heal the divide” and “come together.” They will pull more hooey like that out of their ass in the days to come. Turn them off.
3. Any Democratic member of Congress who didn’t wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Republicans did against President Obama every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stopping the meanness and the madness that’s about to begin.
4. Everyone must stop saying they are “stunned” and “shocked.” What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren’t paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair. YEARS of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both parties and tell them all “You’re fired!” Trump’s victory is no surprise. He was never a joke. Treating him as one only strengthened him. He is both a creature and a creation of the media and the media will never own that.
5. You must say this sentence to everyone you meet today: “HILLARY CLINTON WON THE POPULAR VOTE!” The MAJORITY of our fellow Americans preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Period. Fact. If you woke up this morning thinking you live in an effed-up country, you don’t. The majority of your fellow Americans wanted Hillary, not Trump. The only reason he’s president is because of an arcane, insane 18th-century idea called the Electoral College. Until we change that, we’ll continue to have presidents we didn’t elect and didn’t want. You live in a country where a majority of its citizens have said they believe there’s climate change, they believe women should be paid the same as men, they want a debt-free college education, they don’t want us invading countries, they want a raise in the minimum wage and they want a single-payer true universal health care system. None of that has changed. We live in a country where the majority agree with the “liberal” position. We just lack the liberal leadership to make that happen (see: #1 above). Let’s try to get this all done by noon today. — Michael Moore
Day Two’s To-Do List:
1. Must quickly and decisively form an opposition movement, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1960s. I will do my part to help lead this as I’m sure many others (Bernie, Elizabeth Warren, MoveOn, the hip-hop community, DFA, etc.) will, too. The core of this opposition force will be fueled by young people who, as with Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter, don’t tolerate b.s. and are relentless in their resistance to authority. They have no interest in compromising with racists and misogynists.
2. Prepare to impeach Trump. Just as the Republicans were already planning to do with President Hillary from Day One, we must organize the apparatus that will bring charges against him when he violates his oath and breaks the law — and then we must remove him from office.
3. Must commit right now to a vigorous fight (including civil disobedience, if necessary) which will block any and all Donald Trump Supreme Court nominees who do not meet our approval. We demand the Democrats in the Senate aggressively filibuster any nominees who support Citizens United or who oppose the rights of women, immigrants and the poor. This is non-negotiable.
4. Demand the DNC apologize to Bernie Sanders for trying to fix the primaries against him, for spinning the press to ignore his historic campaign, for giving Clinton the questions in advance at the Flint debate, for its latent ageism and anti-Semism in trying to turn voters against him because of his age or religious beliefs, and for its anti-democracy system of “superdelegates” who are elected by no one. We all know now had Bernie been given a fair shot, he probably would have been the nominee and he — as the true outsider and “change” candidate –would have inspired and fired up the base and soundly defeated Donald Trump. If no apology is soon forthcoming from the DNC, that’s ok — when we take over the Democratic Party (see yesterday’s To-Do List, #1), we will issue the apology in person.
5. Demand that President Obama establish a Special Prosecutor to investigate who and what was behind FBI Director James Comey’s illegal interference into the Presidential election 11 days before the vote was held.
6. Begin a national push while it’s fresh in everyone’s mind for a constitutional amendment to fix our broken electoral system: 1. Eliminate the Electoral College — popular vote only. 2. Paper ballots only — no electronic voting. 3. Election Day must be made a holiday for all — or held on a weekend so more people vote. 4. All citizens, regardless of any run-ins with the criminal “justice” system, must have the right to vote. (In swing states like Florida and Virginia, 30-40% of all Black men are prohibited by law from voting.)
7. Convince President Obama to immediately do what he should have done a year ago: Send in the Army Corps of Engineers to Flint to dig up and replace all the poisoned pipes. NOTHING HAS CHANGED; the water in Flint is still unusable.
Will try to get these done by sundown. More To-Do tomorrow…
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by Devin Kelly
Outside the building the smokers still smoke. Though the rain
falls through their billowing, dampening. A woman whispers
checks & balances into her phone. I hear her in passing.
The public school next door has taken the voting signs down
& now there are only ghosts. I remember
the sound of a woman’s cane & the look
in her eyes as she walked slow through yesterday’s world
to make her choice. I have nothing prepared
but a few copies of Robert Frank’s
The Americans. How to teach a lesson
for which there are no words. I arrive late. I’ve been
looking through the window, not believing
my students are truly there. We are not
all ghosts. To say so is to throw shadow
on our ability for action. I know a funeral can be cause
for the celebration of life, but this is no funeral. When I touch
the chalk I can feel it. It leaves a powder
that dusts the skin of my fingers & the black
of my pants. I will remember this forever:
eyes lifted up, a scene to make me believe again
in resurrection. We must all be alive, even more now.
Save your apologies for the quiet that sits behind
the loudness of your mind. Photography
I say, means light writing. The phrase conjures up the image of a soul
peering through the dark. Frank’s photo
of a man leaning out a window, despair real enough
to run your finger along & touch its ridges.
We look at it forever. I want to say
we are born knowing how to love. That wrongness
is invention, some inversion of our truth.
The heart is no more fragile than the bones of a bird –
it is the possibility of breaking that blesses the power of flight.
Hold on now to the most beautiful image
you remember. See light & its capacity for righting,
how it bleeds in from the edge. My daughter is a child
who is not born yet. When I close my eyes
I can see the world she deserves. It is full of birds
& the birds, I know, are singing for her.
Does anyone have anything they want to say?
One student begins to speak. Hold on still
to the most beautiful image you know. Keep it close
& do not let go. Believe in resurrection.
Devin Kelly earned his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series in New York City. He is the author of the collaborative chapbook with Melissa Smyth, This Cup of Absence (Anchor & Plume) and the forthcoming books, Blood on Blood (Unknown Press), and In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen (ELJ Publications). He has been nominated for both the Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes. He works as a college advisor in Queens, teaches at the City College of New York, and lives in Harlem.
by Angel Dominguez
i woke up and cried some more, same as i always do
i woke up and felt afraid for everyone who looks like me, like i always do
i woke up and washed my face and cried some more, like i always do
i woke up and got dressed for a funeral, like i always do
i woke up and drove down a mountain in silence, same as always
i woke up and got on a bus and cried some more, same as always
i woke up and got on the elevator to the office and cried ugly
i woke up and got to the office and cried at my desk
i woke up and knew i was no different and that i’d remained unchanged, like i always do
i woke up to the same america, where i am always afraid
i woke up to the same america, where i am always in danger
i woke up to the same america, where i am always almost dead
but i also woke up to the same america that holds the humans i love that holds the hearts i admire that holds the song of our continued suffering, and we’re not backup singers anymore.
i woke up to the same america that never wanted me.
Angel Dominguez is a queer latinx poet and performance artist, author of Black Lavender Milk and @dandelionglitch twitter
Upon the precipice
Even now we
John Trefry is the author of Plats (2014) and Thy Decay Thou Seest By Thy Desire (2016) from Inside the Castle, and the forthcoming Apparitions of the Living. He is an architect and cofounder of the design workshop, the work.group. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.
Before We Come to Blows
. An Interrupted and Somewhat Imitative Reflection on Real Estate and Construction
Something there is that doesn’t love…
. that’s all.
Work by Bruce Robinson, almost always rigidly apolitical, has appeared in Poetry Australia, Fiction, Onthebus, Yo-NewYork!, and Pittsburgh Poetry Houses. He leaves behind his shirts, ties, and cars.
fuck (& cluster)
sound of adverbs
Dale Enggass is a PhD candidate at the University of Utah where he studies poetry.
I stand at the ocean
This tumultuous black mirror
Roaring like life
I am everything
This blood unseen
Pulsing so naturally
But rank in the way
It calls him to me
Yes, the night swarms
In the body of predators
This burning ship
Ivy Johnson is a poet and performance artist in Oakland, CA. Her book, As They Fall was published by Timeless, Infinite Light in 2013. She is co-founder of The Third Thing, a feminist performance art duo. They have a chapbook out with Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. She is currently working on a book of poetry about the ecstatic entitled Born Again.
Sunset for the Mourning
Effervescent sky fading
blue to gold then rose into
stolen away by
grey cloud rolling in
Until we meet again, beautiful life
Spencer Folkins is an 18-year-old writer from New Brunswick. His poems and articles have been featured online, in several anthologies, one literary journal and one magazine for young writers. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick and is the recipient of the 2014 New Brunswick Day Merit Award for Arts and Culture. He currently attends St. Thomas University and hopes to one day teach English as a second language.
The worlds omg the worlds
In the blueness of ice craft
a threshing mouth
opens to read our history
nightclub of night wheat
rally split to riot to brawl
Grain, kernel, chaff
When the mouth closes: a slipped
Now, I am babygirl
steering with my hand as a temporary fin
& these torso holes blare the morning broadcast
it doesn’t sound so good…
America’s Beach Dad is Upset…
Why Can’t Beaches Stay…
Clean? Fuck You, Stay Out. Go Back.
Wishing murder on the colonizers and the would-be managers and the border police
every kind of border police & all the oh my god these worlds the news the news
I just wanted to kiss you like normal but weirdly
but oh my god all the worlds came at me
I wanted to hold your hand for much longer instead of
holding the body still and autonomous, so mine and afraid
looking at how the time isn’t ours yet
reciting history like this
masked, crouched, & surrounded by fields
Oki Sogumi is a writer who lives in Philadelphia. She is interested in rebellion, speculation, waywardness, politics of care, and will talk for way too long about her favorite kdrama or weird new life habit.
You have reminded me I am not a robot. Thank you
For your zealotry, your metal-American luridness,
Without which this pulpit is as the ransacked sarcophagus
Rotting swiftly in the modern light. I am your architect
Tonight. The infrastructure of our humans wanes,
But not the pleasures you’ll find flasked
Beneath your seats—drink up. Dream up another coast
While my words usher in one bald hallucination
. Let us begin by actualizing fears:
Insistent are we the bogeyman is real. (The moneyman
Will take your gift afore the exit; lest you forget,
I remind). Tsunamis crest with every family,
Nuclear or god-despised, playing in the leaf-strewn yard,
Studies show. Efforts to improve have been, in a word,
Threnodic. Enough has not been to done to curb the appetites
Of pets—the markets shudder like the loins of Leda,
Loosening at this index. Gyres later, bails left out
To dry, this nation’s horticulture, prospect of thin
Domesticates may be preserved—but we need gyres.
I have gyres. I am one walking gyre. I bleed gyres
Like I bleed red, white, and blues jazz on iTunes.
I am one of you.
. I proceed to Caravaggio: more please.
I will bring back High Renaissance aesthetics in the form
Of free internet for all—to recover copacetic senses
In this economy so buried in the guideless Arizona desert
Only underground officials glimpse its gunmetal silo
Is my sole mission. I am not your uncle’s politician.
I am your uncle gifting shit Christmas presents
To his foes. What does this have to do with art, you ask?
I’m glad you did: keep asking. Keep telling me I can’t.
I will. I’ll hang this once-woven tapestry in the MET again,
Yet not before you crown me keeper of the codes.
Not one wink before. I’ll be your servant and your king,
Your state-appointed portrait drawer.
. . Hypocrisy
At tea-time I won’t tolerate. We must do better
When we speak of nothings, must be truer and less vile.
I will stipulate that lovers be accountable to words,
Mere words, and vie with time to stare with no intent.
Imagine Freedom as the medium through which
Spirit travels unbuffeted. Warren Buffett is in on this,
And I will press my lips against his lips, against the lips
Of each mouth in the private sector if a kiss
Will marry future, past, and present. This is my
Public works project. Objections? Your silence
Speaks of wonderment—but it is song I need,
Dear friends, your last delicious, whipped aria
Of approved molasses.
. I want to bring to light several
Major weaknesses. Sometimes I see my visage
In crystal-clear lakes and like Narcissus forget I am myself
Yet love myself like I love cold October rain.
For many hours in a day, my output is straight nonsense;
Even as I speak I speak of tilt-shift photography
Amongst other artifices, other bendings of light.
Every morning I wake up and know I have not breathed
Enough throughout the night, have not dreamed up enough
Legislation to veto to applause. My phantasmagoria decay
Apace with institutions—I am the world’s metronome,
I am ashamed to say, not too proud to believe.
This nation must be painted loud—but I have never
Dressed in color.
. Let the primaries and first caucuses
Be my easel and my palette. In Iowa I found myself,
In Texas: delirium tremendum et fascinans;
Mysterious and numinous, this night in Nevada violesces
Like the Aurora Borealis. Like the sun’s expectorations,
I will beat against the firmament with firm showers
Of my party’s fists. This is the me I make for you. This is
The Salt Lake City in my eyes, every city in my sinews
Sculpted with immaculate precision. Conceived, lend me
Your minds. We have an image to reconstitute,
And great restorers to re-find. Are you bored with
Warring angels? Join me. I have smitten saints and
Bowdlerized a wise man. We can have warriors
On every street, if you’ll have me.
Neo-random Thoughts 1
All of a sudden
(The modem,a moron !)
I am now worried
we may not
our wishes,dreams and fantasies
to each other
you might think
I am despicably slow !
Love in Less
I had never believed
could be expressed
in a haiku
or a short poem
like a wink
like a word
Then I loved
to be a gaze
like a glimpse.
Debasish Parashar has sung for ‘In Search of God’ and ‘Raag’.He Has been listed amongst writers of top 100 online #worldheritagesites stories globally in May 2016 by Agilience Authority Index.Featured in Visual Verse,Tuck Magazine,Indiana Voice Journal(upcoming), MuseIndia,ThePoetCommunity, Swarajya, Youthkiawaaz,Duane’s PoeTree,Thumb Print Magazine,Spillwords,Saddahaq and many more,Debasish looks upto two upcoming international anthologies namely ‘Apple Fruits of an Old Oak'(from New York) and ‘Dandelion in a Vase of Roses’ (in U.S.A).Follow MrDevParashar@twitter.
ON WANTING TO DIE
Someone up there is watching us,
she said and they don’t speak to us
and we don’t speak of how we see
their long black teeth instead of hands
holding up a piece of land where waters
recede so a boy like you will rise up—
a myth without a name—and swim further
into the sea because there is nothing
here to do but remember our
dead—wanting to believe the dead
know something we don’t. When the boy
swims ashore, he is not a boy but
a centaur—his old body shrinking away
as it gets darker, falling into half-sleep.
There are still trees covering his old
body. His new body dreams of a girl
born in a seashell without a tongue—
she cannot ask where she came from
or what the waves mean or why a new
body and neither remember the psalms
carved onto her back—in another room,
she is dying in short breaths hung outside
the air—and the boy holds a shell to her
mouth, a glimpse. Her hands, his new body,
old body. They up there don’t speak.
The boy and girl don’t speak—the dead
can’t have words for what can’t be
Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (forthcoming 2016, ELJ Publications) & Xenos (forthcoming 2017, Agape Editions). She received her MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Some of her writing has appeared in Prelude, The Atlas Review, The Feminist Wire, BUST, Pouch, and elsewhere. She also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets.