For Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, for Ricky Best, for Micah Fletcher 

•May 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Someone else said, it was the very best and the worst of Portland on that MAX train from Lloyd Center. A city that feels like home, a city often ahead of the country in compassionate and progressive policies. But it is also a part of the country violent white supremacists have claimed as their own territory. And I remember in 1991-1992 one of my best friends at Reed (a Mexican American man from South Central LA) and I would take the bus to Lloyd Center in search of brown people. He texted me Saturday when he heard the news of the attack and I recalled this to him. 25 years later, his response was “did we find any?”  

This country was founded on violent white supremacy, yet has pledged ideals it has never met. If we are ever to become the successful model of of a pluralistic democratic nation our best ideals claim us to be, we must confront our own racism and imperialism. Men like Jeremy Christian are as American as it gets, but so are all the rest of us.  

The State Of The World In 2017

•May 23, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Sink hole at Mar a Lago
Elephant falls on poacher
Meanwhile teenyboppers are murdered
at their first concert.
“I might turn into star dust,”
he says, and i dont know
if he’s being metaphorical
or delusional.
That’s the state of the world.
Is it karma or is it surrealism?
Everything seems to be slipping
sliding between tectonic plates
We dont know if it will be
an earthquake or a tsunami
We just kniw its coming.

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NaPoWriMo, Day 23

•April 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I’m going to try and catch up, but man I haven’t done so well on this year’s 30 day poem challenge.

Day 23: Write a double elevenie. What’s that? Well, an elevenie is an eleven-word poem of five lines, with each line performing a specific task in the poem. The first line is one word, a noun. The second line is two words that explain what the noun in the first line does, the third line explains where the noun is in three words, the fourth line provides further explanation in four words, and the fifth line concludes with one word that sums up the feeling or result of the first line’s noun being what it is and where it is. 

“Schooling as a Site of Black Suffering”: An elevenie for Michael Dumas

Unlearn
Resist capitalism
Refuse settler colonialism
What keeps people down
Poverty.

Education
Learn stuff
Red brick building
Reject racism and sexism
Schooling.

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