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November 25, 2014

My politico-aesthetic stance and practice as a poet and translator is “illegal” and will likely remain so. I will let you know if and when an arrest ever happens.

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November 21, 2014

The PEN Prison Writing Committee, in collaboration with Culture Project, hosted an annual reading to celebrate the 2014 Prison Writing Contest winners.

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November 21, 2014

As a poet, I believe that the act of translation is that of recreation. A translator of poetry can become the unwitting destroyer of poems, or alternately, a creator of new ones.

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November 21, 2014

Next comes the Valley of Love. / Walk here and drown in fire / for in this valley only fire lives. / If you are not a lover of fire, / then leave, / because a true lover / is one with fire, / a true lover ignites, / sizzles and chars like fire.

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November 20, 2014

I'm obsessed with manhood as a brutal and artful performance. My mind always finds its way back to the crossroad where sex, race, and power collide.

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November 19, 2014

my snake would scare away cops / if they came bothering Mama and me / when we are dancing to our records / high off something Ricky gave us

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November 18, 2014

“You therefore ought to put some thought into what happiness means to you,” the German said turning towards me, ”Deer in the woods? Or deer on the plate?” I dropped my knife and fork.

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November 14, 2014

Cabaret messiah Justin Vivian Bond took the DIY stage by storm on November 3rd, giving a loudly appreciative audience a crash course in writing from the gut.

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November 14, 2014

They quickly hunted down the man and woman, / the father with his son, the mother with her daughter. / Then they ran home to tuck themselves into bed / to continue to plan for a still brighter future.

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November 13, 2014

The dead / and the injured appear in the papers, they / bleed black, no one in the weather cares, / (the weather is the world)

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