Guante - “Ten Responses to the Phrase ‘Man Up’ “
"We teach boys how to wear the skin of a man, but we also teach them how to raise that skin like a flag and draw blood for it."
Two-time National Poetry Slam champion Guante, performing at Madame in Minneapolis.
Michael Lee - “Waking Up Naked”
"If you offer me a shot, there’d better be a trigger involved. The strongest I have ever felt was the first time I said no to a drink."
Button Poet Michael Lee, with a powerful poem about addiction and recovery.
Me performing one of my all time person favorite pieces and one that is super important to me and my recovery! Share your stories, folks. If nothing else it is a personal freedom just to speak them, regardless of who may be listening!
I will not keep my mouth shut. A bitch knows her voice. Knows how to howl with a wolf pack in her throat. A bitch is honest. A bitch doesn’t follow the rules; demands to know who wrote them. Rules are weak. Rules are prey.
I am alpha female; I am fur on fire. I am roaring tornado combusting misogynist mountains to dust. Crushed bones and gutted patriarchy carcass. We bleed to survive, you bleed to keep up.
Neil Hilborn - “The Future” (NPS 2013)
”When I’m down I don’t kill myself because then the sadness would be over, and the sadness is my old paint under the new.”
Back by popular demand, Neil Hilborn. Now with 80% less beard.
Sierra DeMulder, “Facts Written From an Airplane”
for the moon of my heart, Jina. happy birthday, my darling.
When the world crumbles around you, you have to look at the wreckage & then build a new one out of all the pieces that are still here. Remember you are still here. The human heart beats approximately 4000 times per hour. And each pulse, each throb, each palpitation is a trophy engraved with the words “you are still alive”. You are still alive. Act like it. [x]