form of control

The Best Stuff I Read This Week

“Has your copay increased?
Right hip stiffened?
Has the shore risen
as you closed up the shop?
And have you put your weight
behind its glass door to keep
the ocean out? All of it?”

— Solmaz Sharif / “Self-Care”


“What has threatened to kill me is the patriarchy, not because there are men in power, but because patriarchy is an institution. Institutions have no heart. They have agendas, self-serving mythologies delivered  through religion, politics, business, and every other hierarchical bastion of influence that subjugates the poor, the marginalized, the disenfranchised largely, women and children.

The patriarchy replicates itself in order to protect its interests: power in the form of control and commerce. Hoarding power is hoarding fear. Scarcity rules. Sharing power is a belief in what the next generation knows and that it will benefit a sustaining view of the future. This is an evolving consciousness that transcends the individual, and fosters the many.”

— Terry Tempest Williams / Erosion: Essays of Undoing


“my grandmother told me
never laugh at others
because the future is unknown
queer people are sacred
we must always remember”

— Manny Loley / “butterfly man tells a story”


“He saw the tents people lived in
by the park get torched, and I could smell
on him what he had seen. There were people
with bullhorns you couldn’t really hear.
There was singing along with the chanting
of all the names of those who were murdered.
He said it didn’t matter what kind of day
it was but it was ironic that it was a beautiful
summer day, the sky a swimming pool.”

— Rick Barot / “The Streets”


“… My uncle says joy
is the opposite of running
into a dagger, and I realize I am not
the most poetic family member
who has pain.”

— Karisma Price / “Castnet Seafood”


“For the greatest acts of killing take place between strangers, strangers for whom there exists this wonderful capacity for intimate connection. Think of it! Somewhere there exists a stranger waiting for you to kill him in such an honest and heartrending way. Or perhaps he will kill you, so glorious and inexplicable is life.”

— Mary Ruefle / “Camp William”


“Break this hand that refuses to admit
it’s a thousand times harder to wander from tongue to tongue
than land to land.”

— Fatemeh Shams / “Handwriting”

What I’m Listening To:

“I guess I don’t ever ask for what I want
I see male violence everywhere
Beautiful face, softness
I think ‘Big soft bed club’”

— Dry Cleaning / “Hot Penny Day”

About istsfor manity

i'm a truncated word-person looking for an assemblage of extracted teeth in a tent full of mosquitoes (and currently writing a novel without writing a novel word) and pulling nothing but the difficult out of the top hat while the bunny munches grass in the hallway. you might say: i’m thee asynchronous voice over in search of a film....
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