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February 4, 2016, 6:16 pm
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Don’t drink.

Don’t get pregnant.

Don’t plan.

Don’t have an abortion.

Don’t look like that.

Don’t talk like that.

Don’t tweet.

Don’t expect protection. Just don’t.

Don’t earn too much money.

Don’t wear that.

“I don’t think so darling.”

Don’t be a girl.


Reach Out.
December 1, 2014, 9:14 am
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Are you a student at Ohio State University?
Do you feel overwhelmed?
More tired and down than usual?

There are professionals who can help you for free and confidentially. Don’t roll your eyes at yourself. Don’t feel weak. Don’t worry someone will find out and make you feel worse. Reach out. There is help.

You’d be surprised how much just being able to talk to someone and have them truly listen will make you feel better, more human.

you. matter.

Call 614-292-5766, or visit the OSU student counseling website.

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November 25, 2014, 10:55 am
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The difference between poetry and rhetoric
is being ready to kill
instead of your children.

I am trapped on a desert of raw gunshot wounds
and a dead child dragging his shattered black
face off the edge of my sleep
blood from his punctured cheeks and shoulders
is the only liquid for miles
and my stomach
churns at the imagined taste while
my mouth splits into dry lips
without loyalty or reason
thirsting for the wetness of his blood
as it sinks into the whiteness
of the desert where I am lost
without imagery or magic
trying to make power out of hatred and destruction
trying to heal my dying son with kisses
only the sun will bleach his bones quicker.

A policeman who shot down a ten year old in Queens
stood over the boy with his cop shoes in childish blood
and a voice said “Die you little motherfucker” and
there are tapes to prove it. At his trial
this policeman said in his own defense
“I didn’t notice the size nor nothing else
only the color”. And
there are tapes to prove that, too.

Today that 37 year old white man
with 13 years of police forcing
was set free
by eleven white men who said they were satisfied
justice had been done
and one Black Woman who said
“They convinced me” meaning
they had dragged her 4’10” black Woman’s frame
over the hot coals
of four centuries of white male approval
until she let go
the first real power she ever had
and lined her own womb with cement
to make a graveyard for our children.

I have not been able to touch the destruction
within me.
But unless I learn to use
the difference between poetry and rhetoric
my power too will run corrupt as poisonous mold
or lie limp and useless as an unconnected wire
and one day I will take my teenaged plug
and connect it to the nearest socket
raping an 85 year old white woman
who is somebody’s mother
and as I beat her senseless and set a torch to her bed
a greek chorus will be singing in 3/4 time
“Poor thing. She never hurt a soul. What beasts they are.”

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the timeless now.
March 2, 2014, 8:05 pm
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The wind whistles in the bamboo

and the bamboo dances.

When the wind stops,

the bamboo grows still.


A silver bird

flies over the autumn lake.

When the bird has passed,

the lake does not seek

to seize its reflection.


-Huong Hai


Goldsworthy + OOO
August 7, 2013, 10:13 am
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“So, for example, when the rock mentioned above encounters the river, its involvement with the river—which, of course, never fully exhausts the ontological essence of the river’s “river-being”—sets into motion the production of a new object: a river-rock-being, or, to put it less metaphysically, sediment, which itself now becomes a tool-being in its own right, primed to collide with other tool-beings in the constant refrain of collision and production that constitutes life in all its average everydayness.” –Scot Barnett




pedagogical tactic?

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A form of entertainment?



A way to publicly scapegoat that man, woman, or thing that we know–we just know–has lied.

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Having recognized the ways I’m as guilty of shaming as I am of doing things deserving of shame, I consider the following,

“When the bottom falls out and we can’t find anything to grasp, it hurts a lot. It’s like the Naropa Institute motto: ‘Love of the truth puts you on the spot.’ We might have some romantic view of what that means, but when we are nailed with the truth, we suffer. We look in the bathroom mirror, and there we are with our pimples, our aging face, our lack of kindness, our aggression and timidity–all that stuff.

This is where tenderness comes in.”

-Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart


Hugging the cactus.

Matters of Fact, Matters of Concern
November 6, 2012, 6:05 pm
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“To return to Latour, a methodology of engagement asks the researcher/activist/rhetor to attend to and follow the performances of group formation (the ongoing construction of boundaries, of a we); to allow actors to make sense of their social (rhetorical) world; to pay attention to the range of agencies (not precisely to who or what is the agent); to trace, with precision, “the string of actions where each participant is treated as a full-blown mediator [actor],” actions that can be used to describe rhetorical work; and to interrogate the agencies at play in order to distinguish between matters of fact and matters of concern. The results of such attention are useful to others because they render visible and actionable the scene of rhetoric. More important, the work described by this methodology is necessary to do public rhetoric.”

Grabill, p. 205

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