Poet. Playwright. Performer.
This right here. #metro
This right here. #metro

This right here. #metro

If eyes could stare actual daggers, this thing would be shredded by now. #hate
If eyes could stare actual daggers, this thing would be shredded by now. #hate

If eyes could stare actual daggers, this thing would be shredded by now. #hate

The Change

The Change (by Tony Hoagland)

The season turned like the page of a glossy fashion magazine.
In the park the daffodils came up
and in the parking lot, the new car models were on parade.

Sometimes I think that nothing really changes—

The young girls show the latest crop of tummies,
and the new president proves that he’s a dummy.

But remember the tennis match we watched that year?
Right before our eyes

some tough little European blonde
pitted against that big black girl from Alabama,
cornrowed hair and Zulu bangles on her arms,
some outrageous name like Vondella Aphrodite—

We were just walking past the lounge
and got sucked in by the screen above the bar,
and pretty soon
we started to care about who won,

putting ourselves into each whacked return
as the volleys went back and forth and back
like some contest between
the old world and the new,

and you loved her complicated hair
and her to-hell-with-everybody stare,
and I,
I couldn’t help wanting
the white girl to come out on top,

because she was one of my kind, my tribe,
with her pale eyes and thin lips

and because the black girl was so big
and so black,
so unintimidated,

hitting the ball like she was driving the Emancipation Proclamation
down Abraham Lincoln’s throat,
like she wasn’t asking anyone’s permission.

There are moments when history
passes you so close
you can smell its breath,
you can reach your hand out
and touch it on its flank,

and I don’t watch all that much Masterpiece Theatre,
but I could feel the end of an era there

in front of those bleachers full of people
in their Sunday tennis-watching clothes

as that black girl wore down her opponent
then kicked her ass good
then thumped her once more for good measure

and stood up on the red clay court
holding her racket over her head like a guitar.

And the little pink judge
had to climb up on a box
to put the ribbon on her neck,

still managing to smile into the camera flash,
even though everything was changing

and in fact, everything had already changed—

Poof, remember? It was the twentieth century almost gone,
we were there,

and when we went to put it back where it belonged,
it was past us
and we were changed.

#pessimist vs #realist
#pessimist vs #realist

#pessimist vs #realist

— Audre Lorde from the V&A Late Opening last night.
— Audre Lorde from the V&A Late Opening last night.

— Audre Lorde from the V&A Late Opening last night.

The ultimate brain vs brawn question. Imagine the chess pieces are metal….
The ultimate brain vs brawn question. Imagine the chess pieces are metal….

The ultimate brain vs brawn question. Imagine the chess pieces are metal….

For everywhere.
For everywhere.

For everywhere.

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#Gaza tweeting #Ferguson tear gas advice. Incredible.
#Gaza tweeting #Ferguson tear gas advice. Incredible.

#Gaza tweeting #Ferguson tear gas advice. Incredible.