Things you need to know
1. Not working on a memoir.
2. Not a sensitivesingersongwriter. Not sensitive. Not a singer. Not a songwriter.
3. Fatter than I look.
4. Do own a house. Don’t sleep in a bed.
5. Jumped. Didn’t fall.
6. What else do you really need to know?
Tokoha Matsuda. Under the Surface. Dragon Tattoo, 2008. Etching, aquatint, 14 x 10”.
Dull Grey Flannel
How many shades of dark
Does this face reveal?
How many twists of the knife
Does it take to die?
I see life staring back
And it makes the cold look bright
O’Brien’s Tower on top of the Cliffs of Moher by Timo Kirkkala
Some days the entire world is stuck in your throat
a comedy of epic rage
Tears can’t flow from the river
The Nile seeps through teeth
Shoulders can’t shrug the pelts
Each drop a prism of a distant sun.
"His body smelled like a precious-wood forest; his hair, like sandalwood, his skin, like cedar. It was as if he had always lived among trees and plants."
The name of Lauryn Hill’s breakout album was The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill but it now appears that the powers that be would like her to record a new album called The Re-Education of Lauryn Hill. After appearing in court for tax evasion, Hill was sentenced to three months in jail PLUS she must attend “counseling” due to her “conspiracy theories”.
According to the IBTimes, Hill told the court: “I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them. I had an economic system imposed on me.” Furthermore, Hill also believes that artists are being oppressed by (what the article calls) “a plot involving the military and media”. Because of these statements, Hill was ordered to undergo “counseling”, which is a way of saying that she is mentally ill and that she needs some sort of re-programming session regain “sanity”.
In 2012, Hill published a thoughtful letter describing the corruption, the oppression and the control of the music industry and her desire to escape it. In one part of the letter, Lauryn states
“It was this schism and the hypocrisy, violence and social cannibalism it enabled, that I wanted and needed to be freed from, not from art or music, but the suppression/repression and reduction of that art and music to a bottom line alone, without regard for anything else. Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual. I Love making art, I Love making music, these are as natural and necessary for me almost as breathing or talking. To be denied the right to pursue it according to my ability, as well as be properly acknowledged and compensated for it, in an attempt to control, is manipulation directed at my most basic rights! These forms of expression, along with others, effectively comprise my free speech! Defending, preserving, and protecting these rights are critically important, especially in a paradigm where veiled racism, sexism, ageism, nepotism, and deliberate economic control are still blatant realities!!!”
(See my article entitled Lauryn Hill’s Tumblr Letter on the Music Business for the full letter).
wow, way to fucking delegitimize and pathologize the experiences of a Black woman by abusing mental health resources and language to avoid the real shit she brings up.
Conspiracy theories because oppression is not real.
April 19, 2013
In my hands, you become small,
I hold so much of you,
All, perhaps against my skin,
As the weight of you sinks into lines etched along my palms,
You seep into my bloodstream,
Fill me your essence,
Break me, mend me, make me anew.
April 20, 2013
In the morning, my lips taste of you,
Your breath, a whisper along my throat
From the night before,
Your trace, caught on my body,