je profites de mon temps libre à ottawa:
tonight, i’m going to hang out with someone i very rarely get to see who sends me the most beautiful postcards and little letters. we met randomly as she was leaving peterborough and have managed to get to know each other even though we have never lived in the same town since we met. yeah. tonight i’m going to bake with someone who enjoys OWL SHAPED cakes. i’m pumped.
APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH AND POETRY IS AWESOME LET’S DO THIS
Some of my favorite poets are Michael Ondaatje (Buried 2, The Time Around Scars, Last Ink, The Cinnamon Peeler), Margaret Atwood (The Woman Who Could Not Live with Her Faulty Heart, We Are Hard on Each Other, Their Attitudes Differ, Is/Not), John Keats (Bright Star, Ode to a Nightingale, Ode to Melancholy), W.B. Yeats (When You Are Old, Sailing to Byzantium, The Second Coming), Eavan Boland (That the Science of Cartography Is Limited, The Rooms of Other Women Poets, Our Origins Are in the Sea, We Are Always Too Late), and Derek Walcott (Love After Love, Dark August, Midsummer).
- “Feminist or a Womanist” by Staceyann Chin
- “Beauty and the Beast” by Jaimes Alsop
- “I am too alone in the world…” by Rilke
- “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold
- “I Crave Your Mouth” by Pablo Neruda
- “Persimmons” by Li-Young Lee
- “Love at First Sight” by Wislawa Szymborska
- “The Peace of Wild Things” by Wendell Berry
- “Quiet Girl”, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”, “Weary Blues” and “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes
- “Gacela of the Dark Death” by Lorca
- “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot- he’s out of fashion these days but this poem is the SHIT
- “Untitled” by Marilyn Hacker
- “I Knew a Woman” and “The Waking” by Teddy Roethke
- “Diving into the Wreck” by Adrienne Rich
- “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning
- “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar
- “The Emperor of Ice Cream” and “A Rabbit Is King of the Ghosts” by Wallace Stevens
- “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” and “Fern Hill” by Dylan Thomas
- “Whoso List to Hunt” by Thomas Wyatt
- Tennyson’s “Ulysses”
- “To His Lady” by Giacomo Leopardi
- pretty much everything by Cyril Wong
- “September 1st, 1939” by Auden
- “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop
- “His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell aka BEST POEM EVER
- “Errata” by Charles Simic
- “Facing It” by Yusef Komunyakaa
oooooo damn i’ve got some reading/appreciating ahead of me, i can feel it. also: file under things iris will appreciate.
toward the queerest insurrection (via sunwheel)
UM FUCK YES. i was just complaining about this last night after i went to see this play which ended up not only making fat jokes, heteronormative body hair bullshit, and last but definitely not least being ridiculously transphobic. the worst was when one of the characters was talking about how being a drag queen is just a job, not an identity, and that they’re not like those “fuckés, commes les transexués.” i almost walked out. i stayed, hoping it would somehow redeem itself? but no. not one minute of the two hour play spoke to any of my experiences as a drag king, as a member of the queer community, as someone who has gone to more drag shows than i can count, as a lover of drag. and i hated thinking that when i told people i’ve done drag/love drag, they might imagine that fucked up, depoliticized crap.
i keep saying i miss the queer community i was a part of back in peterborough and toronto… and people say, well there’s a gay bar! i constantly have to remind them that gay does not equal queer. i’m so glad i read this quote tonight.