this is a type of autobiographical work. biased, of course.
larry d. rosalez-lewis | 25yrs old | gainesville, fl
remember me on your wedding day
when you’re on your knees
when none of your giving
moves the stars
or the mountains
or the seas.
when reciprocity runs out
and when you can’t break yourself
it doesn’t have to be this way.
not every seed grows into a tree
some soil is barren, birthing
does that make them worthless?
i’ve often described feeling like i have a gestation period in creating work. there’s something inside me that i want out, but won’t come out until it’s ready.
"What I love most about my artwork is that it is mine. I think of my art as a child and I am it’s birth mother. I carry it inside of me, the ideas multiplying and growing until they are ready to be concieved. I love that theory, that I nurture my artwork until it is ready for the world. I enjoy the enitre process, my nine months of waiting till I can craddle my final product in my arms." - Patricia Ellah.
Source: Flickr / sandiv999
I have been astonished by hearing individuals who inherited wealth in childhood warn against sharing resources because people needing help should work for money in order to appreciate its value. Inherited wealth and/or substantial material resources are rarely talked about in the mass media because those who receive it do not wish to validate the idea that money received that is not a reward for hard work is beneficial. Their acceptance and use of this money to strengthen their economic self-sufficiency exposes the reality that working hard is rarely the means by which enough of us can gain enough access to material resources to become wealthy. One of the ironies of the culture of greed is that the people who profit the most from earnings they have not worked to attain are the most eager to insist that the poor and working classes can only value material resources attained through hard work. Of course, they are merely establishing a belief system that protects their class interests and lessens their accountability to those who are without privilege.
— bell hooks in All About Love: New Visions
Anonymous asked: What's your opinion on the legislation of gay marriage? I know, based on the Bible, it goes against the Creators original intentions for His creation. I also know the earliest disciples didn't turn to politics to world.
i’m not thrilled by the legislation of marriage at all. the rampant, legally sanctioned divorce & adultery & fornication go against the creator’s intentions for creation and, maybe i’m looking in the wrong places, but i don’t see the same zeal to righteously legislate those things.
i don’t want to marry. i understand that marriage is not the goal of humanity, and i think anyone who enters this conversation thinking so is starting from the wrong place. i don’t consider legislation recognizing the marriage of two people of the same sex to be any kind of liberation of queer people or cause for victorious celebration.
there are alternative paths for any who would look to the government for justification and benefit, but common discourse compels people to believe that legal recognition of same sex marriages is a final salvific, or conversely condemning, action on part by the government. it’s represented as a frontier that will change the course of history and must be vehemently fought for or against. i don’t see it that way.
i think that kind of mentality is cheap. i think there are two very visible streams of voices - fundamental & liberal - yelling at each other and their tirades obscure voices with more informed offerings. i think this shouting match hogs attention from more pressing issues, and it absolves the responsibility to love, & care for, & chasten queer people on every side of the matter.
I think it is very difficult to make any work that is not political. Even our omissions are a political statement.
— Bill T. Jones,
from Retracing Steps: American Dance Since Postmodernism