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    Call me problematique or whatever but I’m always gonna have reservations about pansexual and other variations (poly/omni/multi/etc.) because its origins comes from a misunderstanding of bisexuality and bisexual history, as well as transphobia. Like frankly people are gonna continue to use those terms regardless and in tandem with ID’ing as bi, but I need y’all to stop treating bisexuality as less inclusive and maybe do some research on ye olde google because I’m tiredt of it.

    I sat in on a lecture that Ross Gay gave a couple of months ago and it was all about how no one ever talks about the empire of time and how the idea of time colonizes the imagination and poisons a lot of art and artists because they all want to make something that will last forever and outlive them, this was inside a larger lecture about gardening and how poetry should be more like the act of gardening, how you pour all your time and attention into it even though it won't outlast you or even outlast a cold season, but no one would ever say that making things grow was futile or useless, and then he read a poem from an old undergraduate student of his that had never been published and never would be, it was about the students mother dying of cancer, and everyone in the room was crying, and I think about that poem all the time and will probably never hear it again, even though I can only remember the way the poem moved and the last image, and the way it made me feel. It would be easy to be dismissive of these ideas when they're transmitted by a wildly respected writer whose been published widely but I found it very liberating and I really can't stop thinking about it.

    “There is no “supposed to be” in bodies. The question is not size of shape or years of age, or even having two of everything, for some do not. But the wild issue is, does this body feel, does it have right connection to pleasure, to heart, to soul, to the wild? Does it have happiness, joy?”

    <> Clarissa Pinkola Estés, from  “Women who Run with the Wolves,” c. 1992

    Works by Angela Davis

  • “Racism, Birth Control and Reproductive Rights” in Women, Race and Class, 1981
  • “Race and Criminalization; Black Americans and the Punishment Industry” in The House that Race Built, ed. Wahneema Lubiano, 1997
  • “Political Prisoners, Prisons and Black Liberation”, originally from If They Come in the Morning: Voices of Resistance, ed. Angela Davis & Betty Aptheker, 1971
  • “Rape, Racism and the Myth of the Black Rapist” in Women, Race and Class, 1981
  • “I Used to be Your Sweet Mama: Ideology, Sexuality and Domesticity” in Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, 1999
  • “From the Prison of Slavery to the Slavery of Prison: Frederick Douglass and the Convict Lease System” in The Angela Y. Davis Reader, ed. Joy James, 1998
  • <>Angela Davis: An Autobiography, 1974 [reprinted in 1988]
  • “Racialized Punishment and Prison Abolition” in The Angela Y. Davis Reader, ed. Joy James, 1998
  • “Reflections on the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves in The Massachusetts Review , 1972
  • “Globalism and the Prison-Industrial Complex: An Interview with Angela Davis”, conducted by Avery F. Gordon, 1999
  • “Class and Race in the Early Women’s Rights Campaign in Women, Race and Class, 1981
  • <>Are Prisons Obsolete<><>, 2003
  • Alternatively, all of this can be found in my Angela Davis dropbox
  • HUGE list of free (!!) books by black authors and revolutionaries. includes writings by toni morrison, james baldwin, assata shakur, angela davis, malcolm x, audre lorde and frantz fanon. 

    Seven Stories Press also just put together this FREE ebook with writings by Angela Y. Davis, Aric McBay, Assata Shakur, Howard Zinn, Huey P. Newton, and Paco Ignacio Taibo II.