Penny Goring


When women tell how it is for them, when they self narrate their ordinary lives, it’s instantly sucked up by the culture—there’s already a place waiting for the story. A place where the story gets annulled. It’s 2012 and I’m still reading about what the girl or woman was wearing that night. Or how she should hold aspirin between her legs. Or how she shouldn’t say the word “vagina” on the floor of congress. Or how a friend at a bar wants the sob stories to end. What I’m trying to tell you is that violence against girls and women is in every move we make, whether it is big violence or small, explicit or hidden behind the word father. Priest. Lover. Teacher. Coach. Friend. I’m trying to explain how you can be a girl and a woman and travel through male violence like it’s part of what living a life means. Getting into or out of a car. A plane. Going through a door to your own home. A church. School. Pool. It can seem normal. It can seem like just the way things are. —Lidia Yuknavitch  (via shabbydollhouse)



oh man if i were in pittsburgh right now i would so be going to this. check itttttt

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I am surprised by how much sex I have had in my life that I didn’t want to have. Not exactly what’s considered “real” rape, or “date” rape, although it is a kind of rape of the spirit - a dishonest portrayal or distortion of my own desire in order to appease another person.

I said yes because I felt it was too much trouble to say no. I said yes because I didn’t want to have to defend my “no,” qualify it, justify it - deserve it. I said yes because I thought I was so ugly and fat that I should just take sex every time it was offered, because who knew when it would be offered again. I said yes to partners I never wanted in the first place, because to say no at any point after saying yes for so long would make our entire relationship a lie, so I had to keep saying yes in order to keep the “no” I felt a secret. That is such a messed-up way to live, such an awful way to love.

So these days, I say yes only when I mean yes. It does require some vigilance on my part to make sure I don’t just go on sexual automatic pilot and let people do whatever. It forces me to be really honest with myself and others. It makes me remember that loving myself is also about protecting myself and defending my own borders. I say yes to me. —Margaret Cho, “Yes Means Yes” (via sarahjeanalex)


off-the-cuff poem about multiplayer FPS gaming

wrote it a few months ago and I still like it

my poet pal august smith is always killin it 

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this is a great article, lots of quotes i want to pull but i cant decide, male frends read this especially !! go here

This article is killer. Check it.. 

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i turn pain into a desert

with my own teeth.

we live in an impossible place

where god is real and a woman

where i am real and a woman.

the tree branches are always moving

with the force of the sky

becoming too much for itself.

i do the same thing in bed

as i try to wake up each…


by Megan Milks


hi friends, we have two positions opening to come live and work at Boost House in the coming months. in case you’re seeing this post and aren’t already familiar: Boost House is a combination publisher and residency started in Maine this past winter. we live together in a house working on stuff we are passionate about, mostly arts /activist projects, and to pay for the rent and grocery expenses, we publish books and t-shirts and go on poetry tours. we believe in fusing poetry with radical politics, spirituality, and new media, and in the process broadening what the term “poetry” might include. [full “about” page here.] the two positions opening up are:

- starting ASAP: we need someone to run our social media.
- starting in October: we need someone to run our shipping and online store.

both positions are a part-time workload, but require living here in boost house (which is currently in brunswick, maine, altho we may move someplace warmer in early 2015). the immediate compensation is free rent + free vegan food for as long as you stay and help. if things go well for 3+ months and you want to stay part of our long-term team, we’ll figure out a monthly stipend/salary also (you can contact us for specifics on that, but it’ll partly depend on what we can afford at the time).

for the social media position: we can guide you some, but you should be proactive about developing our social media strategy and taking initiative to execute it yourself. we have an opportunity to be one of the most forward-thinking poetry presses of our era in terms of how we use technology daily to reach readers, but we’ve been letting it slip. ideally most days you’ll spend an hour or two creating new posts, responding to comments, and initiating new conversations. the ideal candidate for this position is funny or otherwise compelling in written text; ideal candidate is also well-versed enough in anti-oppression politics to call out community members and explain when they’ve said something racist, transphobic, ableist, etc; and the ideal candidate is familiar with loads of great writing they want to help share, whether that’s poetry, political writings, or something else. you’ll have lots of time to work on other things when not doing our social media. you should be able to move to Maine pretty soon, to stay and contribute at least a few months.

for the shipping / online store position: you should be someone who is naturally organized and punctual. ~twice a week you’ll spend a few hours packaging up merch sales and taking them to the post office. you’ll also email with customers who didn’t get their order, need a different size, etc. rachel can show you our current system and everything you need to know. you’ll have lots of time to work on other things when not doing working on these tasks. you should be able to move to Maine by early October, to stay and contribute at least a few months.

for either position listed above, you fill out the same application, just leave blank any questions that don’t apply. i’ve linked the application in 4 different formats below. it’s kinda long and includes a lot of questions about your values and politics. just add your answers to the file, or paste it all into an email, and send them to bhsubmissions at gmail.com !!

we’re accepting applications until August 15th (notify us if you’re gonna submit late), and we’ll try to have our decisions made by Sept 1st. please feel free to send me (steve) with any questions, or the other current residents of boost house, emily and rachel.

if you’re interested in living at boost house, but you’re not able to come until a more distant future time, you can still fill out an application if you like, but please note that in your app. we’ll probably be bringing on another resident or two in january 2015 in our new location.

.TXT of the application
.RTF of the application
.PDF of the application
.DOCX of the application

thank you to everyone who takes time to fill out the application <3 it means very much that u want to be part of this project

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in my new interview for human parts u can lern my true feelings about poetry anthologies, harry styles vs zayn malik, patriarchal manhood, boost house so far, my trips to zurich & mexico city, and the beautiful backstory of my frendship with stephen tully dierks who’s interviewing me here <3 check it out if you hav a minute !! go here

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