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Déchirure dans la lumière fantastique

Free Verse Fridays are biweekly poems written on a whim, inspired by my studio audience or whatever’s going on at the moment. Feel free to submit a theme, form, or idea for me in the comments below! Screaming into the wind Silenced by the rush That whips by the open window Intrusive thoughts from the top down Grandparent, parent, child, apo Unable to unfold itself With the snap of gods finger, the air calmed and I was left with the scars on my skin And the blood on the page. With no explanation No response to the questions that rips Into the light fantastic.

I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food

Erma Bombeck is a classic when it comes to humor. When I first picked up this quote, I said to myself, “this is me!” I am a devout poster of #fatkidchronicles. I love food. I will try anything once, on principle. If I hate it, at least I can say, “I ate it, and I hated it.” I grew up on a lot of soup and rice. I didn’t realize it until someone pointed out to me that soup is a good way to feed a lot of people for cheap. Ma used to say we were poor growing up, but I never felt deprived. To me, poor is to be deprived of all of your creature comforts, stuff we would take for granted, a roof over the head, food on the table. We’ve never been anywhere near that. If we were, I never felt it. From what I saw,…

I am not free

Yesterday was International Woman’s Day, as well as a protest day called #DayWithoutAWoman. I participated by eliminating my social footprint. I changed my default picture to a closed sign graphic provided by the Women’s March team. I deleted the apps from my phone and stayed away from the Internet. I stayed at home, spending no money online or in person. I don’t know if it worked but I believe that I stood alongside my sisters in solidarity. Today’s quote is from poet Audre Lorde. I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. My poetry professor, Brynn Saito, said Audre was the one who inspired her to become a poet. Audre’s name has been in my mouth ever since. When I saw this, I knew it was exactly why I protested. I’m privileged. Absolutely. I’m not an idiot to think,…

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor

Today’s #ThoughtfulThursday quote comes from Franklin D. Roosevelt. I’ve been obsessing about water lately. I have been favoring ocean waves in graphic and sound form since I’ve been home. Maybe because I’m so far away from the ocean now? Perhaps. Or because internally I am feeling like I need to lose myself in a big body of water. That’s my theme of self-care this year: let go. Another favorite water-based quote is from Bruce Lee: Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it…

Blogathon Roundup

VDAYSUX was a 50/50 success. The pro is that I actually finished it. I was fearful that I would fail. I was mentally hyping myself to stay awake for the 24 hours, but by 11 pm (which is about the time I go to bed), I couldn’t be arsed to keep my eyes open. In order to keep my time as preserved as I could, I set an alarm on my phone that would go off every hour. In between alarms, I would examine the back of my eyeballs, as my parents would say. Hearing that godforsaken alarm going off into the wee hours of the morning was not fun. When I do this next year, I will choose a more arbitrary date and not on a greeting card industry created holiday. Furthermore, I will cut it down to a 12-hour blogathon. That I could handle. 2 cons I came…

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