wave94:

*fully embraces wine mom culture at age 19*

austinpoetryslam:

Poet of the day is Kayla Q! Check out her poem on our YouTube channel: austinslam

austinpoetryslam:

Poet of the day is Kayla Q! Check out her poem on our YouTube channel: austinslam

diamondsareevil:

Casino Night necklace by Diamonds are Evil

diamondsareevil:

Casino Night necklace by Diamonds are Evil

diamondsareevil:

Art Deco Arrow Wood Earrings
by Diamonds Are Evil
ATX

diamondsareevil:

Art Deco Arrow Wood Earrings

by Diamonds Are Evil

ATX

utspitshinepoetry:

Warm-up: do a free write for about 5 or 6 minutes, using this group of words: tooth, praise, crack, claim, gum, become, valley, found.

MAIN PROMPT: make a list of words you associate with showing respect to someone. make a list of words you associate with demanding respect from someone….

Confusion is a luxury which only the very, very young can possibly afford and you are not that young anymore
James Baldwin Giovanni’s Room (via bubblegumming123)
I guess it can’t be too often that two people can laugh and make love, too, make love because they are laughing, laugh because they’re making love. The love and the laughter come from the same place: but not many people go there.
James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk (via basicquotations)
Art has to be a kind of confession. I don’t mean a true confession in the sense of that dreary magazine. The effort it seems to me, is: if you can examine and face your life, you can discover the terms with which you are connected to other lives, and they can discover them, too — the terms with which they are connected to other people. This has happened to every one of us, I’m sure. You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discovered it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky. This is a very great liberation for the suffering, struggling person, who always thinks that they are alone. This is why art is important. Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important. Most of us, no matter what we say, are walking in the dark, whistling in the dark. Nobody knows what is going to happen to them from one moment to the next, or how one will bear it. This is irreducible. And it’s true for everybody. Now, it is true that the nature of society is to create, among its citizens, an illusion of safety; but it is also absolutely true that the safety is always necessarily an illusion. Artists are here to disturb the peace. They have to disturb the peace. Otherwise, chaos.
James Baldwin, 1961 (via manufactoriel)
You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.
 James Baldwin (via wordsnquotes)
Either, or: it takes strength to remember, it takes another kind of strength to forget, it takes a hero to do both. People who remember court madness through pain, the pain of perpetually recurring death of their innocence; people who forget court another kind of madness, the madness of the denial of pain and the hatred of innocence; and the world is mostly divided between madmen who remember and madmen who forget. Heroes are rare.
James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room (1956)

otterdactyl:

The kitchen sink is a pulpit 
in church of common darkness
and before the world was young
(amen)
some scummy leather bug  
(amen)
strapped lacquered armor 
took communion on the countertop
of heavens unborn kitchenette,
until a sleepless God stumbled
 to the womb of a room and said:
‘Let There Be Refrigerator Light” 
and so the world was born,
and the roaches ran down its drains. 

Hail the cockroach,
whose skin is made of bone,
and whose bone is made of lung.
Hail the one with antennas black as tongues
and three brains in its back;
Anne Sexton said
‘The Roach It Lied To God 
And Said The World Was In Order, 
And It Became, For This,
The Ugliest Common Angel’

Anne Sexton said
‘These Days The Devil
Is a Glass Of Water 
Held Up To The Light’ 

hold up,
lets play 
drop The Devil in water 
make a toast and call it wine.
If waste is Covenant, 
then insecticide is Calvary. 

(shock-art’s-saint-and-martyr
sweeter-than-an-empty-shotgun-shell)

 If you could go 
 as quickly as a cockroach goes,
 relative to your body size,
you could clock in at around 
two-hundred miles per hour, 
maybe just fast enough 
to outrun the loneliness
of being human and alive
it’s so lonely to be alive…

and the grotesque does not come and go 
at your great convenience. 
I wanna let this 
pitiless disgust 
testify to the boredom stupid and terrified 
seated somewhere inside all of us
it is the most human feeling.

run fast,
long live
the roaches body
that can live 
headless
longer than
 three full weeks, 

long live
the divine hive mind 
that built tenements
in dinosaur shit,
builds churches
 in our corpses
builds wet garage 
apartments

Long live a 40 million year old animal
 more peaceful in all its history 
than humans can ever claim to be…
& beneath the rotten floorboard moon
the world is not worth anything…
when added all together 
these words are not worth anything…

 run fast,
 feel that
 hallelujah lay eggs
in your foxing envelopes,
 let its hatch 
 make habitat
 mail that 
carries the message:
 ‘the earth was not made for us’
like: wait, no, carry the zero… yeah, 
‘the earth was not made for us’ 
like: from above, our cities,
they look like spreading bomb dust
like blood around a body,
but leaking streets and sidewalks;
the modern mind is a mineshaft,
the modern lung is a snakeskin,
so vomit halleluja,
 at least something can survive us…

and I am afraid to die because 
I have not lived the way I wanted to…
I am afraid to die because
I have not lived the way I wanted to…
I have not lived the way I wanted to… 

utspitshinepoetry:

amarisdiaz:

being welcomed to my new city with a feature at UT tomorrow night. beyond excited to do poems for my extended poetry family. i will have chapbooks & bookmarks for sale to help me with moving expenses. if you can’t be there but would like to support, drop me an email at fortheloveofpoems@gmail.com for a chapbook package (two chapbooks, three bookmarks!)

We are so excited about this! Come out and support!

utspitshinepoetry:

amarisdiaz:

being welcomed to my new city with a feature at UT tomorrow night. beyond excited to do poems for my extended poetry family. i will have chapbooks & bookmarks for sale to help me with moving expenses. if you can’t be there but would like to support, drop me an email at fortheloveofpoems@gmail.com for a chapbook package (two chapbooks, three bookmarks!)

We are so excited about this! Come out and support!

elizabethcarolk:

Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Carol K ( elizabethcarolk )
as seen through photos by Jess Rumoro, Summer 2014

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austinpoetryslam:

Featured poet of the day is DOC! She was also half of the winning duet team last week with Brian Francis! Watch her poem, and while you’re at it follow us on our youtube channel!