Dec. 24th, 2010 08:44 pm
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These have been a number of the most unsexy-feeling days of my life, but there's a great thread at greatpoets for 'erotic poetry, preferably funny' so I'm going to stockpile:

2 A.M.

When I came with you that first time

on the floor of your office, the dirty carpet

under my back, the heel of one foot

propped on your shoulder, I went ahead

and screamed, full-throated, as loud

and as long as my body demanded,

because somewhere, in the back of my mind,

packed in the smallest neurons still capable

of thought, I remembered

we were in a warehouse district

and that no sentient being resided for miles.

Afterwards, when I would unclench

my hands and open my eyes, I looked up.

You were on your knees, your arms

stranded at your sides, so still -- 

the light from the crooknecked lamp

sculpting each lift and delicate twist,

the lax muscles, the smallest veins

on the backs of your hands. I saw
the ridge of each rib, the blue hollow

pulsing at your throat, all the colors

in your long blunt cut hair which hung

over your face like a raffia curtain

in some south sea island hut.

And as each bright synapse unfurled

and followed its path, I recalled

a story I'd read that explained why women

cry out when they come -- that it's

the call of the conqueror, a siren howl

of possession. So I looked again

and it felt true, your whole body

seemed defeated, owned, having taken on

the aspect of a slave in shackles, the wrists

loosely bound with invisible rope. 

And when you finally spoke you didn't

lift your head but simply moaned the word god

on an exhalation of breath -- I knew then
I must be merciful, benevolent,

impossibly kind.

Dorianne Laux


Nov. 21st, 2010 08:31 pm
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I've spent this weekend popping on and off [livejournal.com profile] chimera_fancies's journal in an effort to gift myself with pretties that she makes. I have successfully done this. These are beautiful, and I'm eager to get them into my hands-- and inspired-feeling.

If I had the time I'd make a set of leaf mail with lines from TS Eliot's The Waste Land enameled on each scale so the whole suit was the poem.

Juggler has a silk-screening kit that I might play with some. I should set up my sewing machine. I will have all this incredible weekend time-- well, it feels like all this time, really it should be exam-studying time, but if I collect my inspirations now I can attend to them over Christmas.

Today has been lovely and relaxed and domestic. This whole weekend has been relaxed. Today was the day where I cooked and cleaned in procrastination on my homework-- as a result I 'pulled' a chicken (Angus' suggestion-- pulled pork but with a chicken. Lotta food!), boiled the stock I was going to make risotto with dry and ruined it, started an apple-cinnamon-wildrice dressing, and assembled five meals for the fridge in addition to dinner.

I really do need to make my map for surveying though. Pre-final tutorial's tuesday.

I miss making pretty things. Most of that energy has been going into fancy dress-up, but somethign more enduring is likely in order. I just don't like making nonfunctional objects lately-- I'd do a teapot or a jingly belt but not something to put on the wall.
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Went wandering through my past after my hopelessly incomplete writing before. Found these. The quotes are there to remind me which post is which, but I've tried to choose important and beautiful passages. I feel closer to myself than I usually am. I feel thankful to have had so many loving experiences in my life.

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Mar. 17th, 2010 06:09 am
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All I did last night was cry and wander through snarled words with Angus and cry and cry.

Intentionally moving in with someone I love? Both names on the lease? Really getting serious about a relationship?

Actually caring about people I have sex with?

Why does that make me cry?

I did some dredging, and oh, it does make some sense. I have walked through dark places in the past.

You know how I keep saying Angus is not those people?

These are those people:

Then, again about Juggler:


Interesting to have that to mine, you know?

Now let's see if I can get back to sleep.

am very bothered when I think
of the bad things that I have done in my life.
Not least that time in the chemistry lab
when I held a pair of scissors by the blades
and played the handles
in the naked lilac flame of the Bunsen burner;
then called your name, and handed them over.
O the unrivalled stench of branded skin
as you slipped your thumb and middle finger in,
then couldn't shake off the two burning rings. Marked,
the doctor said, for eternity.
Don't believe me, please, if I say
that was just my butterfingered way, at thirteen,
of asking you to marry me.

Simon Armitage

Edited to add this is Angus: http://greenstorm.livejournal.com/544307.html
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And for colour contrast: Yes, that's lots of basil.
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....Useful calendar thing for events in Van-> permaculture/queer/alternative themed (?)


Jul. 28th, 2008 04:23 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] epictetus_rex always says interesting things. This one is something I'm thinking about lately: http://epictetus-rex.livejournal.com/153740.html
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Clicky and clicky again.

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Been working on em steady since I got home from work. Now shower and dinner.


Jun. 17th, 2008 07:39 pm
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There are a thousand things I could be doing right now. I have twenty-three baby rats to squeek at (Mona's runt didn't make it past twelve hours old, but that's not unexpected); I'm making a roast chicken and some salad for Eva, who dressed me for Sin City and is totally busy this week; I have a garden to water and dishes to do and rat cages to clean; I have people who are neat and people who I love to hang out with, some of whom wanted me to go see Hulk with them; I have dried herbs to process and laundry to sort and a bed to change the sheets on. I have two bosses to call (okay, just called one of them, so I'm not procrastinating that badly). I have tidying to do.

Instead I am sitting here on an astoundingly small computer in my livingroom courtesy of my lovely roommate and thinking about blogging. The month and a half I've been away has dwindled my email considerably. I have not-too-much interest in reading my lj communities. Facebook requires a marathon session of clicking 'no, I don't want to be a zombie pirate'. And... this blog is in many ways my home, and my friend. It's an ear that is always open. I think that's why I tend to stray away from it when I'm in intense daily relationships; I don't need that ear right then. Right now Angus is still serving that open-ear function for me. Still, there is a lot to be said for surety, and here I find my surety.

Today was an awful day, and I would be impressed with myself for having made it through if I'd done so more gracefully. As is, I only got through work by keeping my mouth tightly closed so I wouldn't say anything totally unacceptably rude to people and by absolutely refusing to walk away and go home. Work itself was no fun-- we were working at a place that was made entirely in Italy out of sandstone and shipped here piece by piece, and sandstone stains, so we couldn't get a speck of dirt anywhere-- and we were planting bushes. It rained a bit. I still have a sunburn in the middle of my back from where I couldn't reach with sunscreen yesterday. I was worried about Mona-- she'd had her babies between one and four am thismorning, and I would have liked to be home until they all had milk in their bellies, but instead I had to wait till I got home to make sure they and she were all okay. I was worried about Angus, or rather, my paranoia that kicks in when I'm stressed found something to eat at me there. And I've discovered what looks like rampant sexism in the payscale at work, though I'm gonna talk to my boss about it asap and see what's up with it.

So having poured all that out into this (definitely less satisfying than human but very reliable) ear, do I feel better? In the last six weeks I've been thinking a lot about this blog, and about blogging. I've been considering why I do it, and whether I should continue. I find that often I haven't got much to say, or the things I want to say may be rather more private or gossip-inspiring than I want to write about here.

In that six weeks I've spent a lot more time in genuine, satisfying interaction with people. I've spent some more time lonely. I've had flashes of self-awareness; epiphanies, I guess. I've had a lot more time to think, and more time to just exist. I've had some cool pictures of me taken, and also of loved ones (or twos) and Personages of Note. I've slept a bunch. I've spent an afternoon on the beach, a couple of evenings dancing, and some nights in strange beds. I've washed an unholy number of dishes, and cooked just slightly less than an unholy amount. I've listened to the same CDs over and over. I've felt much more productive than I am when I have access to the computer-- I'd be washing dishes and cleaning rat cages right now if this weren't here on my table.

I've been a lot happier, on the whole. I think myself into fewer ruts. I have no outlet for being transcendently happy, so I tend to miss out on sharing that experience at all.

So where have I ended up? I'm firming up my boundaries quite a bit. I'm saying no to things and-- Gods forbid --to people not just in the details but sometimes now altogether. I'm learning when enough is enough-- or at least when way too much is enough. That's nice. It creates a nice sense of security to think I'll walk out of something if it's a problem.

I'm still turning this full-time-work business over in my head. I mean, maybe, but maybe not. The money sure is nice.

Oh well. Enough of this. It's a post, and there will be more again, who knows how frequent?

For Real

May. 30th, 2008 07:57 pm
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Here we go, down and in. There's no one in the room with me. I have all the time in the world. There's music playing -- Devendra Banhart's Cripple Crow. After such a long period without instantly accessible music I find it affects me more than usual.

( Here's his "Now That I Know")

Instead of hitting the basic points -- and those basic points are accurate -- I need to ramble a little. Jan commented on the last one. He said I sounded happy. I am happy. There are ripples, oddities, and textures that don't quite get covered by that word though.

(Santa Maria de Fiera)

There are so many details in my life that I never have time to write about. There are some I am afraid to write about-- perhaps not many. There are some that are just strange.

(Heard Somebody Say)

My housewarming is tomorrow. Here you see me procrastinating on cleaning up the house-- dishes, rat cages, maybe making the bed. There's not that much to do. I do need to take out the garbage. I need to start cooking, too. Angus came up with a vegan scalloped potato recipe I'd like to try, I need to do a good rice pudding, maybe I should do corn dog muffins and somethin... bah. Not feeling inspired. If I'm not careful I'll end up making white-flour biscuits and honey and chocolate-chip muffins and calling it a day. *grin* Luckily Angus will be there bright and early. I do like cooking with that boy.

(Long-Haired Child)

Speaking of boys, I've been having adventures in interpersonal lately. I've been specifically spending a bunch of time with people I don't know well (which either results in boredom or in another person I know well or want to know well and don't have the time to spend on 'em, oh well, the best laid plans...).

It's been enjoyable. People are enjoyable generally, you know? But it's been weird. I'm sorta-kinda on a quest for another fuck-buddy, a surprisingly hard hunt for me right now. Between being relatively picky, the standard STD issue, people's singleness or availability, and wanting to start it outside my social circle I have a bunch of anecdotes from the front but no one new to sleep with.

(Queen Bee)

On the other hand, the one I've got is a fantastic lover, a generous person, and a loyal friend. Don't think I'm complaining. I've just been both hit by the variety bug and trying to keep my emotional-- let's not say distance, because I'm not an emotionally distant person, but perhaps emotional sense of proportion?

(I Feel Just Like A Child)

I keep on meeting more gardeners and all 'round cool people. My cup overfloweth? I've recently met a girl (who doesn't eat gluten, haha) who likes to garden barefoot-- she's starting a community garden near me. She kayaks. It's good. Also a boy who uses my same hair dye and has the prettiest blue eyes you ever saw, the effect is electric. Also a whip-smart feral-looking tangoing existential-angstbucket who will eat any leaf I pick out of the alleyway and feed to him-- and he'll thank me for the experience.

(Some People Ride The Wave)

My garden-- oh, oh, oh!

Mostly I'm putting off going home because I've been away for so long already. I left yesterday morning for work, fell asleep here at Angus' after a long walk with Karim and some lovely community dinner stuff at his house (we made the most amazing purple mashed potatoes), and rushed off to work the nest day. This is the longest I've been away from home and I'm scared to go home and see my droopy tomatoes crying for water (yes, staying away longer never helps) and the rat cages which need cleaning when 'm so tired (my labourer at work turned her ankle so I've been going long hours and double-speed all week, and supervising some). It really is easy to get into this avoidance rut when I'm tired. I seem to spend a lot of my time either biting off more than I can chew or recovering from so doing. No news there.


It's funny, writing this is making me lonely. I guess when I don't think about saying the stuff, I miss saying it to people less. I'm a bit rusty at using this voice, the same way when I go a day at home without talking to anyone it feels strange to speak at work the next day. Here I feel rusty at dredging up the day. My memory for events, my waiting-to-tell-you, has been turned off. I think that it makes me a more functional person, as a whole. You know that study where they found that depressed people were more realistic at self-assessment? They're probably better at remembering things, too. The world is brutal both ways, so much sharp-edged enormous beauty and joy that it will consume you and leave nothing behind, and also so much awful that no one can stand to think about it all at once.

(Hey Mama Wolf)

Bob's housewarming is going on tonight, soon. I'd like to go. I'd like to have a long meandering conversation with someone. I'd like to stick my tongue down someone's throat and roll around writhing with them. My house is calling me, but it's calling, "work, Greenie, work" so I don't know how attractive that is. On the other hand I'm still in my filthy two-day-old work clothes, or I will be when I put them on, because that's all I have with me. I need to kiss my rats' bellies. I need to water things.

(How's About Tellin A Story)

...but this music is going right through me right now and I'm stuck here grasping at words, trying to approach the way I feel lately. You know, I'm being fixed? Slowly, but I'm being fixed. I'm becoming whole. I trust people cautiously and after they're proven, but definitely I do trust people and I also do not trust others.

(Chinese Children)

Definitely I can do things that make me happy, and I can often figure out for myself when I'm in a holding pattern and when I'm right on track, and I can decide which of those I want to be on. I do rest from time to time, you know?

(Korean Dogwood)

I don't know what revelation I'm hovering here waiting for. Perhaps none. Perhaps it is time to go. Here's a last song and I'll get moving, back to my responsibilities and the other trappings that make up my life, that make up the outer layer of my skin now. When we were walking Karim asked me what major life changes I'd made lately and I said: I'm single for the first time in twelve years, I'm living pretty close to on my own (with a slightly ghost-y roommate who I don't know all that well and certainly am not dating and have never slept with and who's pretty hands-off), I'm working fulltime 8-4, I'm computer-free at home, that's all new. I do change things up pretty constantly. I wonder what will come next?

(Little Boys)

Just Wow

Apr. 13th, 2008 07:37 am
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Also this one: part I and part II

The Light

Apr. 10th, 2008 11:13 pm
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I made a movie about the end of the world
it was 12 seconds long and it didn't have a plot
it just happens
and that's why it's in black and white
the characters don't talk or move around
they just stare up at the sky, frozen
and the light, the light is numb, the light is off
the light is just a thumb nail sketch of god

somewhere, someone is crying
the camera sweeps over a desolate street
holding a mother and her child
the kid is calm and she is shaking
the camera passes into the sun
come at last to be undone
panicking, she tries to run
the kid is calm
and then the credits roll
and every name is my name

(There are three or four "mystical states" I achieve regularly. One of them has started only recently, and it's where everything seems to be outlined in light, and light pours through it, and it comes right in through my skin, hits my brain directly... who was it that was talking about the research into the part of the brain that separates "me" from "everything else"? This isn't a full on world-on-my-skin experience, just beauty-through-it. Bah, dunno what I'm talking about. Felt it the other day during dinner with Mom. Anyhow.)


Apr. 9th, 2008 05:39 pm
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Poem about death, cut for contextual friends-stuff:
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Food I'm making for the party Friday night: Corn "dogs"

Now an actual entry: today I made a rock wall. I mean, the wall I've been working on for the last couple days started to look like an actual wall, and parts were even capped. It's crazy to think you've made something that might outlive your genetic heritage or a nuclear armageddon, you know? It's also pretty. My arms are sore. I'll do more on it tomorrow, and then it might be done. I've been sleeping like a baby, something about the equivalent of weight-lifting for seven or eight hours a day. When I'm exercising this hard my calorie consumption goes down, only to rise again on the weekend or something.

There's a party at my house on Friday. You're invited. I'm gonna come straight home after work and start cooking. Bring Mike a birthday salutation, it's actually his party, and bring some food if you feel like it, or some wine if you feel like it, or some strongbow if you feel like it, or just that salutation if you don't. Then Saturday night Bob's band is playing. Saturday-day is some househunting and maybe helping Ellen sink some posts in her garden (yay skills!).

Right now is dinner with mom, haven't seen her in nearly a month.

It's gonna be a busy month. I thought ditching the boyfriend-timesink would leave me functioning at a peaceful pace, but I seem to be able to keep myself occupied. I am mostly getting enough sleep, though: chalk one up to no sex.

Feeling slightly manic. Blame the come-down from rockwork: my body was expending tremendous quantities of energy all day, then I stop... and the energy keeps flowing but I have nowhere to put it.
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