rally

"Hi! So, what’s the messaging for tonight? Will we reference Roger Goodell’s decision to force the players stand? Will we show the people of color here that the dems have their back? I’m so ready to add my voice!” She’s excited. The GP Democratic party chair texted her with info about a big anti-hate rally. …

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brothers

This is where they push the leftover people, the "problems," the people without money or property, the mentally ill, the addicted. From the top of the county to the bottom, the leftover people are scraped, like table scraps from a picked over dinner plate. Into the disposal that is their little town in the bowels …

junkyard

shrouded sleeping shadows darken lacey rusted hides skins drip dark oil staining gravel pocked soil   the old, the used up, the tired the stuck, the blind, the deaf home in their junkyard of ideas selfishly assuming ancient power   they guard, police, gatekeep they discourage, mock, condescend they ignore, minimize, annihilate they stand dying …

power

Being rural poor here is a whole lot harder than not having money. Healthy relations—the very basis of being a healthy human—are mostly nonexistent. Not relationships. Those are big complicated things; they are nouns. Relations are everyday events, momentary happenings between people. Relations are verbs. We do relations, and they are the stuff that hold human …

why

The idea was to plant and grow better people. She knew they could change, the people here. She’d seen it first-hand. A phrase dropped here or a word placed there; an idea left lingering after an interaction. And then she would come back and hear the word or phrase used by someone who’d found it …

accident

she checks in–dips into the poison–so she knows the sea she sails she will not–cannot—stay in that poison for long her body will not let her her heart races; she revvs like a mf then the rage guns it and pins her against the seat   she started rationing news when she was trapped in …

a rural

The gold went first. That warm light. It took months to recognize it for what it was. Surprisingly, the sudden shift to cold LED white isn’t really evident to the eye. Seeing is in the reflection, though; off the slant, if you will. Thousands of blown out shots. A monochromatic gray-green backdrop in the valley. …