Solidarity Texts

Belief in iterative growth, a breath work

"A bolt in response to a call. It gathered and branched and struck. Like lightning answers thunder, which is to say, simultaneously." Photo by YVSREDDY, via Wikimedia Commons.

Like these texts, the Women’s March seemed instantaneously precipitated out of a loose host. A bolt in response to a call. It gathered and branched and struck. Like lightning answers thunder, which is to say, simultaneously. We were asking and answering in the streets and through our screens, the question

HOW DO WE END THE TRAGEDY OF OUR ATOMIZATION? / HOW DO WE END THE TRAGEDY? — Anne Boyer[1]

Pomp & Pageantry #10

Pomp & Pageantry #10, 2016, watercolor, colored pencil, and marker on paper, 12" x 18". Image courtesy Bridge Productions, Seattle.

Before the cataclysm

It was a structure to be clambered and surpassed. Because the pause, the fallow days. Because we wanted. The language never idle. The tide had passed, the monsoon, the hurricane; a new weather gripped the horizon.

It was magnetic and mysterious. It was to meddle. Or live trying. An artery pulsing or a
tuning fork vibrating. It had been silent, pliant. A stillness that wanted motion.

Stir Fry

Stir Fry, 2016, collage with watercolor, marker, colored pencil, and gouache on paper, 10" x 8".

Poetry is

“Poetry is,” from Storyboard, 2017, hand-dyed tissue paper, photograph, and newsprint, 8" x 11". Reprinted from Hyperallergic, July 2017.

Dear Laloo

786 Thomas Street,
Beatrice, NE, 80349 

Laloo,

You asked for the remaining rules for people who keep going.

“Prepare to travel, tie the pack. Open the flag.” yes.

1) It does not seem like a choice. The word “brave” is wet newspaper plastered to the
sidewalk, transparent, flimsy. Sometimes you can gently peel the newspaper, take it home,
dry it, and pin it between your pages. Sometimes there is no point and you keep moving.

untitled (evolving love)

untitled (evolving love), 2017.

Elegy to Reveal Invisible Wounds

Elegy to Reveal Invisible Wounds, blind-debossed type on black cardstock, 2016.

SONNET FOR SILVIA FEDERICI

HOW DO WE COLLECTIVIZE REPRODUCTIVE LABOR?
IS THE FAMILY ENOUGH FOR YOU?
IS THE COUPLE ENOUGH FOR YOU?
WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE OLD OR INFIRM?

WHAT STANDS BETWEEN YOU AND THE COMMUNE?
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE IF YOU HAD WHAT YOU NEEDED?
WHAT IS OURS?
HOW TO GET IT?

This is not.

Infographic by Daniel Donner and Stephen Wolf, from How Gerrymandering Can Swing Elections by Stephen Wolf, DailyKos.

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