Archive for September 2nd, 2013

The Liminal Space Between Love and Non-Love: An Introduction to the “Love as a Radical Act” Forum

September 2, 2013
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Love as a Radical Act

Love-talk tends to produce uncontaminated discourses that refuse to conceive love as a complex energy that is at once beautiful and messy, charitable and unruly. Love-talk tends to lack the critical imagination needed to vision the force of love beyond the Christian and/or philosophic categories of agape or eros. Indeed, James Baldwin reminded us...
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Jason Craige Harris on Love as a Radical Act

September 2, 2013
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capacious love

By Jason Craige Harris If viewed simply as saccharine or only as the affective pull between, say, two creatures, love loses its world-changing potency. If there is any hope that empires will crumble and that new ones won’t arise from the ruins; if there is any hope that Life-affirming ways of being will become...
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River by Afuwa

September 2, 2013
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myth and constructions of identity

_________________________________________________________ Afuwa is a Guyanese-born artist, facilitator, and writer who uses myth and constructions of identity to question nearly everything.  She lives/works on unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Squamish and Coast Salish territories, and is the co-founder and co-organiser of Black Before February, a Black arts event held in January.
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Assata’s living monument of love, a found poem for Trayvon and all kids who die* by Vanessa Huang

September 2, 2013
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Assata Shakur Travon Martin and Love

by Vanessa Huang we are all temporary. i’ll bow to beyond, and the miracles supporting us. maybe your bodies’ll be lluvia, a conscious accumulation de los cielos where we thought   we could arrive the marching feet of a plaited rainbow, with many galaxies and planets inside, we who believe in gratitude from each...
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Romantic Love – a Feminist Conundrum?

September 2, 2013
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feminist-critiques-of-love

By Renata Grossi Romantic love has been read as a radical force capable of breaking down entrenched social barriers. Philosophers and sociologists have argued that the connection of love with freedom and equality can be liberating and empowering for women; however, this assertion has been hotly contested by many feminists. Shulamith Firestone describes romantic love...
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Casa Azul: A Love Poem for Tala by Kim Tran

September 2, 2013
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Frida Kahlo

by Kim Tran I imagine Frida Kahlo. I imagine her sitting with her broken, fractured spine in a cobalt house surrounded by banana leaves and palm fronds. She is painting. I am beside her. Inside her canvas– Between its tightly woven threads– I bury the weight of all my communities. Her paintbrush strokes into...
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    . January You called me She instead of You. “Where is she going now?” is the first question you ever asked me. You were standing on a porch next to the last She who you broke. I remember looking up at you over my shoulder and smiling. I was going skinny-dipping. [...]

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    Two poets consider Michael Brown, Ferguson, MO, and the crucial ways in which Black Life Matters.     How Do I Love Thee? A love poem from the Ferguson, MO police dept to Black residents: An informal emulation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 by Aya de Leon . How [...]

  • “Paws” by Tracy Burkholder tracy

    Paws   In sixth grade, I started to envy certain girls’ hands. Not always manicured, but always neat. Fingers thin and smooth. These hands gently freed sheets of paper from their metal spirals and lifted loops of hair to more beautiful perches. Lunch trays floated inside their gentle grip while [...]