“You must nurture the kiss. Turn out the lights. Notice how it illuminates the room. Hold it to your chest and wonder if the sand inside hourglasses comes from a special beach.”
Subversive artists! Queer revolutionaries! Poets! Authors! Merch! And it’s not even your birthday!
Did you know that Rilke’s Mom initially raised him as a girl? True story.
“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.”
And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?
“This woman found the riskiest, weirdest thing to be, at any particular moment, and then she became it.”
“And when I leave to
find another house,
I wonder, what among
these shades will be
left of me.”
“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.’
“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.”
We have declared this week Autostraddle Pure Poetry Week, when we are going to talk about poets we like all the time! First up is T.S. Eliot. Just kidding it’s Def Jam.
THE TIME HAS COME to discuss your feelings/ideas/lucid dreams/lesbian poetry about The IHOP Papers. Come on in and grab a seat.
YOU GUYS. You haven’t read this book yet have you. Please do this. Do it for me. I need to talk about my feelings about waitressing. There’s a lesbian sex scene! At least one! I can’t remember exactly!
“Liebegott’s debut novel is a coming-of-age coming-out in the tradition of Rita Mae Brown’s Rubyfruit Jungle, but here, the portrait of an artist as punk waitress is more a celebration of sexuality than humanity. Twenty-year-old Francesca is a recovering drunk who finds comfort in cutting herself and harbors fantasies of her beautiful AA sponsor, Maria; her former philosophy teacher, Irene; and a soap opera heroine.”
Did you read Inferno by Eileen Myles, our first-ever Autostraddle book club selection? I sure as hell hope so, BECAUSE IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT IT.
Portia de Rossi walks Oprah through the eating disorders she developed as a result of being a teen model and the stress of hiding her sexuality as she climbed the Hollywood ladder. Her story is universal, whether you are gay or have ever been on a diet.
In perhaps the most unsurprising move of 2010, we have chosen Eileen Myles’ ‘Inferno’ as our first official book club pick. Get excited!
You look really pretty and smart today, and I wanna read a book with you. Then we can talk about it after, and I’ll tell you how soft and shiny your hair is. Does that sound good? I think so too.
I’m excited for the fall because of books! You should be too! THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY! A lesbian “poet’s novel”! “Gender Outlaws” 2.0! Amy AND David Sedaris! Also, so much more!