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It really does feel like a good morning. ~5 hours of sleep and I woke up feeling absolutely decadent, went back to sleep for another hour or so. The sun is shining and it's warm enough to open up and air out the house. Birds singing, a view of green and gold. 

I'm psyching myself up for a business call later today. I'm fond of the person who'll be on the other end and it's for a Good Thing, so fingers crossed that I won't get too tongue-tied.

I recently finished reading Sonya Vatomsky's poetry collection Salt Is For Curing. This sentence, from the Aperitif, "Bathymetry," astonished me:

I've got the kind of light
you name galaxies after.

I keep thinking about it. It pesters me. I can't imagine saying/writing that in any persona near my own. Audacious! Egotistical! Forbidden! But there are different galaxies, including donut galaxies, so perhaps I am selling my round self short. Truly, I think the world would be a better place if more women and marginalized folks of various genders could feel and speak this proudly. Maybe one day I'll get there.

Towards the end of the First Course, in "A Girl's Guide to Adventuring," Vatomsky writes:

I never regret because
I'm never wrong...
I didn't make the rules, and I don't mind them.
You have to start somewhere and I start with "no,"

Now, there's plenty of regret in Vatomsky's other poems, so the boast in this poem's first two lines is easier for me to accept. But to START with "no"? Is that allowed?! I can't help but read this as a rebuttal to Nietzsche's sacred Yes. A recognition that for women, the default is Yes because we have no right to refuse. But Vatomsky says, "fuck that right in the ear." If I don't join her "no" it's only because I'm too busy hissing Yisss, fist raised.

Okay, off to finish prepping for this phone call. 


Date: 2017-04-12 04:14 pm (UTC)
asakiyume: (definitely definitely)
From: [personal profile] asakiyume
I loved that line about the kind of light you name galaxies after. I'd never make that audacious a claim either, but it's great to hear someone do it. Go Sonya!

Date: 2017-04-13 03:01 pm (UTC)
asakiyume: (definitely definitely)
From: [personal profile] asakiyume
EXACTLY what I was thinking.

Date: 2017-04-12 07:48 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
I've got the kind of light
you name galaxies after.


That is a knockout boast. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

Date: 2017-05-02 05:32 pm (UTC)
ankh_hpl: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ankh_hpl
I was completely unfamiliar with this poet, but now I've got to look her up! Thanks for sharing some very inspiring lines.

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