last night's reading in cleveland gave me wonderful energy. fantastic crowd. i have read to still crowds so much lately, i was surprised and overjoyed to hear laughter and feel the engagement, it almost took me aback. i read from o fallen angel and then this post i wrote about duras/beckett's "cascando" that directly brings in the autobiographical inspiration for maggie/marlon brando in o fallen angel. i read from it i think because it will probably be cut from the book and i really like it. but that doesn't mean it belongs in the book (new mantra).
i am off to go read the queer issue of PANK that tim jones-yelvington edited. and wait for the eagle to land in his oldsmobile. from tim's intro:
“Queer” emerges as an anti-identity identity. An identity or identities that embraces (embrace) its (their) own instability. An identity that (at its best) acknowledges the upside of so-called “identity politics” – to name our experiences, to name oppression, to use those experiences as the basis for articulating a vision for social change – while also challenging essentialism, challenging rigid identities, and perhaps even more profoundly, challenging the very system through which our identities have been named as “other.” Queer redirects scrutiny onto those systems of classification. Queer picks at “normal” like a scab, then eats it. Queer negates labels or else queer embraces many labels. Queer asks what the fuck is a label anyway.