One place that I have found comfort before and continue to find it now is in poetry, the words of others who have experienced and seen unspeakable things and come out on the other side. I hope you can find some comfort in them, too.
Welcome to your list of queer/ feminist books coming out from January to July 2016. Roxane Gay, Gabby Rivera and erotica, anyone?
The exhaustive list of legends lost in 2012 includes many American artists and scientists, as well as one Costa Rican you’ve probably never heard of (but will be glad you did).
Come celebrate the lives of two women whose “work and presence as poets, theorists, activists and teachers inspired decades of anti-racist, feminist, and lesbian feminist thought and activism.”
“She died / a famous woman / denying // her wounds / denying // her wounds / came / from the same source as her power.”
“You can’t trust lesbians. You invite them / to your party and they don’t come, / they’re too busy tending vaginal / flowers, hating football, walking their golden / and chocolate labs.”
I came to explore the wreck. The words are purposes. The words are maps.
There are jokes about how politicians lie so much. How do you know a politician is lying? His mouth is moving. Something like that.
“If we strip lesbian feminism down to its core – to its advocacy of women-oriented female spaces, women-identified women, and an appreciation of the inequalities and violences that still permeate the heterosexual institution – we might find a lot of things worth keeping around.”
You probably don’t read enough poetry and you would probably be smarter if you did.