This is just a post (mostly) about old white men. But it’s happy. It’s Autostraddle is Pure Poetry week and this is how we do it.
“First of all, I’m always sad. Secondly, all my knives are made out of rubber. Thirdly, it’s like my house is on fire.”
“Veronica Franco became an icon for women to leave the confines of the home and enter the world of men. Unfortunately, in those days the only real way to do so was to become a prostitute.”
“Rock’s voice was more powerful than my desire for a fresh beer.”
And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?
I came to explore the wreck. The words are purposes. The words are maps.
‘Should I fiddle on a f*cking roof for you?’
“This woman found the riskiest, weirdest thing to be, at any particular moment, and then she became it.”
“Cómo logró su libertad la bicicleta abandonada?”
“I think that anyone’s a fool to become a junkie or a poet… it’s the same kind of hook really, and it has the same withdrawal symptoms if you ever try it.”
“And when I leave to
find another house,
I wonder, what among
these shades will be
left of me.”
“Admittedly, as a 21-year-old middle-class queer Asian woman, I probably do not share that many experiences with Saul Williams, except for maybe being from New York and having a profound appreciation for women’s bodies.”
“hey now tall girl
aren’t you bored
all by yourself in your messy room”
(from Intern Lily & w/a 12-year-old boy who lives with Laneia) – “Silverstein writes what children see. He reminds us all of what it is like to view the world in its purest form. A world without stereotypes, biases, and social norms.”
It was the last line of the poem that was the most striking. ‘The love of form is a love of endings.’
“e.e cummings is also really hard to read aloud because of his weird use of syntax. He’s kind of like Yoda but more sexual.”
Chin’s writing covers a lot of topics- so I’m going to share excerpts of two very different pieces with you. Because I love you.
“It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I realized that Leonard Cohen was an accomplished poet, that his songs were poetry set to a soundtrack.”
So in order to include Andrea Gibson in this article, because we know you want us to, we (Carmen and KC Danger) decided to pay homage to her by watching her on YouTube and writing in notebooks.”
“I was here. I was here motherf*cker. And ain’t none of y’all can write that in the spot that I just wrote it in.”