So in the midst of all the (entirely justified) media shitstorm over Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” who should post sex videos on-line to pay America back for subsidized birth control, I didn’t post about it. I was swamped at my new job, busy...
Teresa Carson grew up in New Jersey, as the youngest of ten in a blue-collar family. At the age of 18 she was one of the first women hired by the local phone company to work in a technical job. She continued working as a technician (and then union manager) even as she built her career as a poet.
So, I had an abortion! After my last post I was off to find out if it was fully evacuated. Unfortunately it wasn’t. I had to go through another round of misoprostol which resulted in some further cramping which was more intense than the first round of cramping (but still not at keel over...
I’ve posted Espada’s poetry before, but this one seems so appropriate for the current election cycle.
Revolutionary Spanish Lesson
Whenever my name is mispronounced,
I want to buy a toy pistol,
put on dark sunglasses,
push my beret to an angle,
comb my beard to a point,
hijack a busload of...
Ada Limón is a California-born poet who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Maybe my limbs are made
mostly for decoration,
like the way I feel about
persimmons. You can’t
really eat them. Or you
wouldn’t want to. If you grab
the soft side with your fist
it somehow feels funny,
like you’ve been...
Today the phenomenally talented, and phenomenally troubled Whitney Houston died in Los Angeles at the age of 48. The cause of death is still undetermined, but it’s almost certainly related to her well-documented history of substance abuse. Of course, the internet and the 24-hour news cycle lit...
William Carlos Williams was a 20th century American poet and physician. He sought to invent an entirely fresh-—-and singularly American–—poetic, written in unadorned language, whose subject matter was centered on the every day lives of common people.
Après le Bain
buy me a new
So this year’s round of Super Bowl advertising was not NEARLY as bad as in years past (the absolute low point was 2010, when we collectively blew our feminist gaskets over the super-abundance of misogynist advertising). Sure, there was a dumbass Teleflora ad starring model Adriana Lima, who seductively...
Virginia Hamilton Adair was a 20th century American poet whose work was frequently compared to TS Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and Robert Frost. Her first book of poetry was published in 1996 when she was 83 years old. She died in 2004.
Cutting the Cake
Gowned and veiled for tribal ritual
in a maze of tulle...
3 of my good friends created a Facebook group that was name-checked in the Washington Post. No big deal or anything, it’s not like I “know people” or anything. Anyway, one of those creators had the following to share with our dear readership. Please welcome Krissie as she sums...
You’ve probably seen this photo array posted on Tumblr or Facebook in the last month or so with some comment like “hell yeah!” I saw it posted by both men and women, with everyone extolling the curvier, fleshier virtues of the starlets from the 50s (even though it should be pointed...