Friday, July 31, 2009

the valves shift open

Yesterday my mom said she had "some of my stuff" to drop off with me; I said "okay." She then arrived with a very large tupperware container which held almost all of my adolescent miscellanea. I am having a strange time confronting this box, each time opening it and recovering some object that scratches the waxen coating off of memories I've long daubed into obscurity. The object right on top was the last birthday card I ever received from my grandma, who died right before my birthday the next year, telling me how life keeps getting better once you go to college. So, I started crying, and then became very self-aware of my crying, questioning just how crocadilean the tears may be, questioning my questioning. I feel as though a lot of people have a kindred ancestor and for all our differences I have, since her death, since learning about the nervous breakdowns and electro-shock, felt that she is/was mine. That it seems like half of my household possessions once belonged to her only furthers this. The bed she died in is in my guest room. I think of her often, in small quiet rituals; it started soon after her death with the crossing myself whenever I got a "bad thought" going that wouldn't shut up, but this became awkward and troublesome around others so I taught myself to only do it when I touch salt, but now whenever I touch salt I have to do it,
this wasn't supposed to be about this, I've probably talked about this before, so let's move on,

What does one do with sentimental trinkets; the secret collection of anime on VHS; letters from friends that are overly dramatic in that teenage way, when you're carving out your capacity but haven't experienced shit. We used to be so fatalistic.
I have noticed recently that I don't care to use question marks. It is not that I dislike them or am so sure of myself that nothing I say is a question; it is as though they are too cloying and too big at the end of the sentence, taking up too much attention like the riddler symbol, dominating,
that's not what this is about,

The thing is, this is the stuff that I decided to keep after the Great Post-High School Purge, during which threw away so many things, books filled with crappy drawing and you know the trinkets, little toys given ironic significance by the rare friend. Yet I still seem to have kept so much. Stiffened old t-shirts with The Strokes and Incubus logos on them that I'd never put on again. So many ill-fitting bras. Ugly beaded necklaces that were popular in the 90s. Tiny slips of paper with the phone numbers of girls I knew in the hospital.

My co-worker just walked by and asked what I was doing, then laughed at my answer ("... journaling." [i knew i'd been caught]). I don't know why I'm having this sudden outpouring. It is the box that I blame. I was feeling odd and unwell but now I'm feeling pretty foxy, pretty ready, you wouldn't believe what I can handle (anything), la la laaaa fuck it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

oh hello

i mostly write secret thoughts in a paper journal because writing without writing what i'm really feeling is shitty because i'm a stupid girl
here's a poem i writ at work that one week it was really hot outside and I lost my mind

(a work poem)

tinea versicolor,
left nipple ring,
ganglion cysts,
bilateral wrists,
when asked what the single most
important thing is
which makes him angry,
the patient said,
"people who lie"

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009


"My eyes are vague blue, like the sky, and change all the time;
they are indiscriminate but fleeting, entirely specific and
disloyal, so that no one trusts me. I am always looking away.
Or again at something after it has given me up. It makes me
restless and that makes me unhappy, but I cannot keep them
still. If only i had grey, green, black, brown, yellow eyes; I
would stay at home and do something. It's not that I'm
curious. On the contrary, I am bored but it's my duty to be
attentive, I am needed by things as the sky must be above the
earth. And lately, so great has their anxiety become, I can
spare myself little sleep."
frank o'hara, meditations in an emergency

Monday, July 13, 2009

i am going to enjoy this new class

Countdown until I start seeing monsters everywhere...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

i'm even boring myself

my new official theme song:

i recently started dreaming again

the deaf man can read
the lips of the waitress
except when she says
"how do you want your whiskey"
"how do you want your whiskey"
she tries to write it on a napkin
nerves trembling her hands
later they are married
in a bed on an island or peninsula
they wrestle and sigh
"what happens now" she says
"a dolphin jumps into the bed"
and then a dolphin jumps
into the bed, dappled gray
and bewildered

Thursday, July 9, 2009

i keep injuring myself

what is going on

is it
the moon

Wednesday, July 1, 2009