We construct many forms of identity. An amalgamation summing to the concept of “me.” Religious identity, sexual identity, gender identity, racial and ethnic identity, intersections of identities. Conflict arises from seemingly opposed identities within a person and between people. Macroscopically, identity conflicts wage wars. Something of tantamount importance to us, yet also sometimes fluid or […]Read more "False Identity"
the point is that you are the mink and the bird and the ignitable water, the lost prisoner, the given-up guard. so why do you avoid the next question? why do i avoid taking blame?Read more "Presiding Logic"
His poems aren’t polished, they say. She starts each reading by reciting her resume. It bores us all. Why does she keep coming around? He’s old. His poetry doesn’t wear well on the page. All her poems are about the same. Who else in this city numbers every poet’s flaws as if all people aren’t […]Read more "After the Reading, they Search for the Perfect Poet"
This month, Feministing published an article called “Don’t Be Friends with Rapists,” which was rapidly passed around my friends through social media. I was disappointed by this simplistic and damaging way of handling a major social problem. You shouldn’t defriend rapists (and abusers). (Throughout this post, I will be using gender neutral pronouns for both […]Read more "Be Friends with Rapists"
To be honest, zines were part of the reason I moved to Portland, probably more than I’d like to admit. I had always longed to be part of a real, live zine community, which didn’t exist in the Virginian suburbs I grew up in. In the years prior to my move to Portland, I was […]Read more "My Love Affair With Zines (and Portland)"