To wake each day to discover that it is the day of election, as it has been every day of one’s life — to find that the end has come, that the tricksters have tricked, that the tabulators will tabulate, the balloons will drop, the conceders will concede, and that the victorious will once again by midnight declare victory in a battle that in the morning will begin again — is to wake each day as a president whether a person would like to be one or not.
National treasure, that Anne Boyer…
“In the deadly free-unfreedom of capitalism, and in the false freedom arranged by the social media billionaires, the people have brought their real bodies to the real streets in a protest against intolerable conditions and in demand of real freedoms, like the righteous one not to be murdered for being black. They have been met with maga-hatted reactionaries yelling “Freedom,” met, too, with federal stormtroopers fully armed as if what the United States needs to become “great” is a violent occupation of our cities by the military of the United States. Statues and monuments have more value to the government than the life or well-being of its subjects — America lets freedom ring, I guess, for all statues that are free to stand free of spray paint while its people are detained.”
Even rocks break
Grit and grime
Fate to carbon date
Rock paper scissors
Frack the workers
Time for us
A mighty we
Even break rocks
The kind of cancer I had—a non-hormonal breast cancer in a young-ish woman—was historically specific to the 21st century carcinogenosphere. The world had made me ill, then it made serious illness impossible—not enough money, not enough leave from work, not enough care. My friends—many of them poets—had to patchwork a form in which to care for me in a world in which single mothers who work for a living did not fit into the scheme of care, except as the people who provided it.
Source: What Undiscovered Countries Are Then Disclosed : Anne Boyer : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation
A Common Sense Reading Series: ANNE BOYER BENEFIT READING.
Saturday, February 28th, 7pm, The Writers Place (3607 Pennsylvania Ave. KCMO 64111) $5 suggested donation.
Anne Boyer is a gift to poetry and to KCMO (and the rest of the KC metro – jdoublep). This benefit reading will help to pay for some of Anne‘s health care costs as she seeks to become cancer free.