So, I see this kind of thing a lot:
- Wow, I can’t believe I used to like that
- I was such a loser when I was 13
- What was WRONG with me
- I just found some of my writing from the 90s. How embarrassing.
And here’s what I always want to say when people say things like that: You didn’t suck then. Your old writing is nothing to be ashamed of. Your youth is nothing to be ashamed of.
You were a person, and you were younger and knew less than you do now. That’s a good thing. It means you’re still learning.
But your younger self was worthy. Good. Deserves respect. And so do other young people who are similarly young and inexperienced, and who similarly have a lot to learn.
Mouth cave echoes, the vibrations are just that. All my words are just that.
With no one to hear me, is this why we invented god?
I am spending my whole life with the sticky tar of asphalt stuck to my feet, taunting extinction, scrubbing myself clean
I want to scream, skyscrapers that break necks are muffling the sound, sending it back
I want to go back
I want to breathe easy for the first time like the moment a sun ignites
1. Before we met in January
My life was tempting not to bend and bleed
My world was an oil painting on flimsy paper
I was shedding my paint chip skin
Leaving colorful reminders of where I’ve been
You washed over me like an ocean tide
I was all salt and blood and resurrection
2. Define love:
Letting the sand out of my sand bags
Making me feel light
I can now carry the world like I always meant to
3. Define love in one word: community
4. Chose the place to rearrange your molecules carefully. Build your cocoon sturdily. Liquefy.
5. We are still salt water. We always go back where we came. The waves never get to the shore just to walk away.
6. I cannot refrain from mixing my metaphors.
7. Handwritten anything is the best gift.
8. Redefine love
9. I haven’t forgotten about you
10. I am thankful for all the horrors that brought us together.
Don’t you dare love me
through the blood of the girls
who came before me.
If you can’t love me
without taking the knife
to someone else,
I’d rather you didn’t love me
"Fuck You, Old People" — Group Piece at CUPSI 2014
"By the way, you can’t actually pick yourself up by your own bootstraps. That’s now how physics works."
this gives me life….
"Act your fucking age" god damn, this has a good message here.
39 seconds in and I reblogged it
Last month, Google’s Cambridge, MA office hosted four trans women authors on our summer tour! Here’s the video for you to enjoy!
Thanks again to all the donors who helped make this tour happen!
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Queer books out in July 2014. Know any others?
- Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth and the Politics of Stigma by Jason Whitesel
- A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington D.C. by Genny Beemyn
- Heiresses of Russ 2014: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction edited by Melissa Scott & Steve Berman
- Climbing the Date Palm by Shira Glassman
- Like They Always Been Free by Georgina Li
- Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings by Juana Maria Rodriguez
- The Cruising Diaries by Brentez Purnell & Janelle Hozzig
- All I Love and Know by Judith Frank
- The War Within by Yolanda Wallace
- Wilde Stories 2014: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman
Persephone Books reprints neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly women) writers.”
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