Writing as therapy

Using my writing as my therapy because creativity and expression is the romance of life

ereditaa:

America: where fertilized eggs and corporations are people, but refugee children aren’t.

Yes.

(via bruisedkneesclub)

Gentrification is violence. Couched in white supremacy, it is a systemic, intentional process of uprooting communities… [Its] central act of violence is one of erasure.

…“Girls,” for example, reimagines today’s Brooklyn as an entirely white community. Here’s a show that places itself in the epicenter of a gentrifying city with gentrifiers for characters – it is essentially a show about gentrification that refuses to address gentrification. After critics lambasted Season 1 for its lack of diversity, the show brought in Donald Glover to play a black Republican and still managed to avoid the more pressing and relevant question of displacement and racial disparity that the characters are, despite their self-absorption, deeply complicit with. What’s especially frustrating about “Girls” not only dodging the topic entirely but pushing back – often with snark and defensiveness against calls for more diversity – is that it’s a show that seems to want to bring a more nuanced take on the complexities of modern life.

In an appallingly overwritten New York magazine article with the (I guess) provocative title “Is Gentrification All Bad?,” Justin Davidson imagines a first wave of gentrifiers much the way I’ve heard it described again and again: “A trickle of impecunious artists hungry for space and light.” This is the standard, “first it was the artists” narrative of gentrification, albeit a little spruced up, and the unspoken but the understood word here is “white.” Because, really, there have always been artists in the hood. They aren’t necessarily recognized by the academy or using trust funds supplementing coffee shop tips to fund their artistic careers, but they are still, in fact, artists. The presumptive, unspoken “white” in the first round of artists gentrification narrative is itself an erasure of these artists of color.

“you are a horse running alone
and he tries to tame you
compares you to an impossible highway
to a burning house
says you are blinding him
that he could never leave you
forget you
want anything but you
you dizzy him, you are unbearable
every woman before or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste
his body just a long shadow seeking yours
but you are always too intense
frightening in the way you want him
unashamed and sacrificial
he tells you that no man can live up to the one who
lives in your head
and you tried to change didn’t you?
closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
prettier
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him traveling away from you in his dreams
so what did you want to do love
split his head open?
you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.”

—   "For Women Who Are Difficult to Love," Warsan Shire (via commovente)

Yes. This is me.

(via clementinevonradics)

“It is not a secret
that other women terrify me.
We are always competing in a contest
I don’t understand.
I don’t know how to be beautiful.
I don’t know how to be gentle.
There is a right way to be this gender.
It has been taught to me
since birth. I have failed every class.”

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Sincerely,
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(via clementinevonradics)

Ashima learning how to draw animals
wordsoftakumi:

by Alex Dang! 
This poem and 10 others are available here!


Awesome!

"I can’t honestly say what role my writing plays physically. I just know that if it doesn’t break my fucking heart it probably ain’t worth pushing on anybody else, but maybe the ‘gritty realism’ has more to do with my memories of how incredibly fucked-up people can be, even good people, especially good people." - Junot Díaz


Absolutely. Preach!

"I can’t honestly say what role my writing plays physically. I just know that if it doesn’t break my fucking heart it probably ain’t worth pushing on anybody else, but maybe the ‘gritty realism’ has more to do with my memories of how incredibly fucked-up people can be, even good people, especially good people." - Junot Díaz

Absolutely. Preach!

(Source: seizesmyguts, via clementinevonradics)

Wax on :)
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