i come from a long line of gunfighters and mermaids
I passionately believe in everything and nothing, at the same time.
from Bleeding Edge
"The past, hey no shit, it’s an open invitation to wine abuse."
So today I tried to write again
about the most important things—the enormous sun
rising beyond the smokestacks.
The crimes of the entire nation.
And the twisted throat of a song bird
accomplishing its daily heroics during an argument.
But I couldn’t get a line by Elena Shwarts out of my head:
the heart is like a punching bag,
pounded from the inside.
—Anzhelina Polonskaya, “Today” (translated by Andrew Wachtel)
I want to live in a world where WE as women determine what we wear and look like and play the game as our fancy leads us, army pants one minute and killer gown the next, where WE decide whether or not we’re going to play games with the male gaze and the starry-eyed hard-ons that can make men so easy to manipulate. But seriously, let’s all play the game together, with a wink and a nudge…so we don’t hurt each other. If men and women don’t have a constantly open dialogue about how we do and don’t (or should and shouldn’t) manipulate and play with each other, we all lose. We are all fragile humans with little time on this beautiful, sexually-charged, ecstatic planet. Let’s share it to the fullest extent that we can and make the playing field for all of us the size of the whole earth.
— c/o Amanda Palmer’s open letter to Sinead O’Connor re: Miley Cyrus