The 350th Five Star Mixtape Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Roberto Bolaño

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by southern blackness, the healing of old hurts, seeing yourself reflected in the world, the importance of working on online harrassment, disability and sexuality, and Roberto Bolaño:

 
by Farisori (own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

by Farisori (own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

But every single damn thing matters! Only we don't realize. We just tell ourselves that art runs on one track and life, our lives, on another, and we don't realize that's a lie.
— Roberto Bolaño —
 

Happy reading!


"We Slay, Part I" by Zandria at New South Negress:

Beyoncé don’t give no fucks about your Saturday afternoon. Which is to say–as Big Freedia’s voice says in Beyoncé’s new song, “Formation“–“[She] did not come to play with you hoes. [She] came to slay, bitch.”

And slay she did in her usual fashion, but with the volume on the South ratcheted up to the lower frequencies.

"An amazing thing I didn't know I needed" by Alice Bradley at Finslippy:

Mostly, though, I figured no one involved would comment much on it. Events [in high school] that seemed huge to me truly might not have registered for them. 

A few days after publishing, I received two Facebook messages. Both of my high school friends sent me the most extraordinary apologies. They were apologies I had no idea I needed until I read them.

"A Radical Kiss" by Dave Hingsburger at Rolling Around In My Head:

…before I knew it the next 'kiss' ad was playing.

I was thunderstruck.

This kiss was radical.

"Against 'Don't Read the Comments'" by Anil Dash at Medium:

Here’s a spoiler: Preventing abuse online requires the people running a site or an app to invest time, effort and attention into protecting their community. That’s the bottom line.

"'I Sit on Her Face All Day': A Conversation on Sex and Wheelchairs" by Tovah Leibowitz at Autostraddle:

What follows, then, is a conversation meant to move beyond the erosive architecture of “do they/don’t they”; a conversation bigger than the over-rehearsed scripts about disability and sexuality that lead to predictable, shallow conclusions about oppression and embodiment. Conclusions that measure the worth of disabled people by their capacity to reinstate norms from the periphery rather than provide alternative knowledge from the center.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

40/365: My Own Boy

cat's eye

I had a bag full of cat's eye marbles,
the kind we all had;
mine were ages old and chipped, though,
and they played wobbly,
but it was no matter:
I didn't play.
I carried marbles in a Crown Royal bag
just to hear the clack and chink inside purple flannel
and think about my uncles 20 and 30 years before
who rolled them up against their thumb knuckles
so they could kick them out.
I became the boy with leather-soled shoes
and Brylcreem in his hair.
Maybe someone hit me in the shoulder.
Maybe I oiled a ball glove.
Maybe my hands smelled like my grandmother's soap.
I'd run home to eat sandwiches
and ignore my own name.
I'd kick up my heels like Fred Astaire.
I'd whistle through grass blades.
I was my own boy.


I am writing one poem every day in 2016, and I am using the hashtag #365poems to document my progress.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

39/365: Periods, Be Bullets

Tallulah Bankhead in The Cheat (George Abbott, 1931)

Tallulah Bankhead in The Cheat (George Abbott, 1931)

To be the woman with a gun who pulled the trigger,
sometimes.
I want to be the one who did it,
who sent that hard, sharp punctuation to stop a timeline.
Periods, be bullets.


I am writing one poem every day in 2016, and I am using the hashtag #365poems to document my progress.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.