“We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality…an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future. The future is queerness’ domain. Queerness is a structuring and educated mode of desiring that allows us to see the future beyond the quagmire of the present. The here and now is a prison house. We must strive, in the face of the here and now’s totalizing rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there. Some will say that all we have are the pleasures of the moment, but we must never settle for that minimal transport; we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds … Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world.”—In memory of José Esteban Muñoz, from his book, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (via nyupress)
meanwhile, i had a hamster as a child and no one can remember his face. i swear he had a smile and a grimace for his wheel. the nectarine has an ombre effect, the red is where she keeps her sweet under the peel. you have a sublime wrinkle in your cheek. a dimple is a kind of depression. a very…
To our poetry community in Binghamton, NY. We held each other up. Thank you for the poem, Devon. This isn’t for ‘followers,’ whatever the fuck that means. This is survival and memory.
by Devon Branca
I have the feeling of our little-big group standing out there somewhere inside me. And I can make my skin hold us closer and closer until I am back there. It is like a field under a blue sky. There is an openness.
Maybe we were born into it. Or maybe it came out of us. Imagine a statue in the field. The geologist pulls it apart and labels all of the stones by their scientific names and we feel this part is holy too. For we were real bodies,
not the statue of a God. We were an outline in the rain, in the words we were learning and leaving, in the wind that smells like fall. (And will always.) The statue merely pointed/painted to the way we’d found ourselves
failing again and again gracefully. Now imagine even, if you need to, on nights when you must, years and years from now, after the geologist and the labels have gone, when we have been beat down into the particles of the dirt. Even then
in that field and blue sky soon losing even that, losing that and ourselves, our senses, the skin shrinking until we are what connected our insides to our outsides. Now imagine a statue of that, made of stone and the smell of fall.
I never knew the road From which the whole earth didn’t call away, With wild birds rounding the hill crowns, Haling out of the heart an old dismay, Or the shore somewhere pounding its slow code, Or low-lighted towns Seeming to tell me, stay.
Lands I have never seen And shall not see, loves I will not forget, All I have missed, or slighted, or foregone Call to me now. And weaken me. And yet I would not walk a road without a scene. I listen going on, The richer for regret.
this is the 21st century and we need to redefine r/evolution. this planet needs a people’s r/evolution. a humanist r/evolution. r/evolution is not about bloodshed or about going to the mountains and fighting. we will fight if we are forced to but the fundamental goal of r/evolution must be peace.
we need a r/evolution of the mind. we need a r/evolution of the heart. we need a r/evolution of the spirit. the power of the people is stronger than any weapon. a people’s r/evolution can’t be stopped. we need to be weapons of mass construction. weapons of mass love. it’s not enough just to change the system. we need to change ourselves. we have got to make this world user friendly. user friendly.
are you ready to sacrifice to end world hunger. to sacrifice to end colonialism. to end neo-colonialism. to end racism. to end sexism.
r/evolution means the end of exploitation. r/evolution means respecting people from other cultures. r/evolution is creative.
r/evolution means treating your mate as a friend and an equal. r/evolution is sexy.
r/evolution means respecting and learning from your children. r/evolution is beautiful.
r/evolution means protecting the people. the plants. the animals. the air. the water. r/evolution means saving this planet.
“This country is a nation of thieves. It stole everything it has, beginning with black people. The U.S. cannot justify its existence as the policeman of the world any longer. I do not want to be a part of the American pie. The American pie means raping South Africa, beating Vietnam, beating South America, raping the Philippines, raping every country you’ve been in. I don’t want any of your blood money. I don’t want to be part of that system. We must question whether or not we want this country to continue being the wealthiest country in the world at the price of raping everybody else.”— Stokely Carmichael (via pushertee)
“… Assata is not a threat. If anything, this is a vendetta. She is innocent, and many of us have looked at the evidence. And as [Assata’s attorney] Lennox [Hinds] pointed out, there’s no way that she could have possibly been the person who killed [state trooper Werner] Foerster, because she had her hands up and was shot in the back with her hands in the air and could not have used a gun at that time. And so, to represent her as a person who continues to be a threat to the U.S. government in the way that is described is, it seems to me, an effort to strike fear in the hearts of young people who would be active in the struggles that are represented historically by Assata and struggles that continue today. Struggles against police violence, for example, continue. Consider the fact that so many people have been killed by the police in recent years. And I’m thinking about Kimani Gray in New York. I’m thinking about Alan Blueford in Oakland, of course Oscar Grant in Oakland. There’s some 63 people who were killed last year in Chicago by the Chicago police.”—Angela Davis, Angela Davis and Assata Shakur’s Lawyer Denounce FBI’s Adding of Exiled Activist to Terrorists List (Democracy Now!, 3 May 2013)
“[T]here’s always this slippage between what should be protected free speech—that is to say, the advocacy of revolution, the advocacy of radical change—and what the FBI represents as terrorism. You know, certainly, Assata continues to advocate radical transformation of this country, as many of us do. You know, I continue to say that we need revolutionary change. This is why it seems to me that the attack on her reflects the logic of terrorism, because it precisely is designed to frighten young people, especially today, who would be involved in the kind of radical activism that might lead to change…”—Angela Davis on the FBI’s Political Decision to Put Assata Shakur on Its List of ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’. (via notjusttheminutiae)