Shabby Little Rabbit

15 Jul

 

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” –The Velveteen Rabbit

Ma is in bed. Again. Again she is in bed thinking of her mistakes and outtakes and she’s kind of upset, sad, depressed, but not the kind of sad and depressed that means she needs help. At least that’s what I think when I’m not thinking about getting her help.

Last night we red the Velveteen Rabbit together. We cried a little when the bunny got tossed in the trash after he became real because the boy made him real. Love made him real and vulnerable. I looked at mom and her shabby hair (wig) was falling off and I pictured her, for a moment, as a drag queen rabbit. I pictured her (and her worn out face and her worn out hair and her worn out body) shiny and new. Born again. Unblemished.

“I’ll never be born again,” Ma said. “You only come out once.”

“That’s right,” I said.

“Thank god,” she said.

We rolled over, but not on top of each other, because we’re not into that. I reached behind ma’s head and fluffed up the pillow. She kind of looked like this rugged rabbit with cabbage ears surrounded by a beautifully gloomy white cloud. Like a bunny, she wiggled her nose. Wiggled herself into my arms and close to my heart.

 

A Defense Against Sound & Order

27 Apr

In a time of names

a spoken antelope hopes

for mud and insects.

 

Mud and insects or

whatever uncle measures

informs a notion

 

of a dismantled

ship. Hope passes for a gun

in a time of names.

 

*collage haiku using found text

A Story About A Sunset

5 Jan

“It takes courage to be afraid.” –Montaigne, Essays, III, 6 (1588)

St. Peteresburg Beach. Photo by Neil de la Flor.

St. Peteresburg Beach. Photo by Neil de la Flor.

Nothing scares the sun anymore. Not even sinking into the black sea. Not even the black sea and its power over sunsets. Not even the scars or parked cars on Sunday or the squirrels that dream of big things from the tops of enormous trees. Not even the sky and its embedded madness stands a chance against its nuclear dance.

St. Petersburg Beach. Photo by Neil de la Flor.

St. Petersburg Beach. Photo by Neil de la Flor.

Sometimes when the blue clutters the sky, the sun rawrs and tilts its ear toward the sea.

St. Petersburg Beach. Photo by Neil de la Flor.

St. Petersburg Beach. Photo by Neil de la Flor.

Sometimes the sky is a dark paradise. Sometimes the sun hears paradise calling from the abyss in a funny voice, can you hear the light?

St. Petersburg Beach. Photo by Neil de la Flor.

St. Petersburg Beach. Photo by Neil de la Flor.

Sometimes the sun is a delicious dream–

St. Petersburg Beach. Photo by Neil de la Flor.

St. Petersburg Beach. Photo by Neil de la Flor.

intersected by billions & billions.

A Story About Biscayne Bay

3 Jan

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The bridge & cranes dream of dogs and cats.

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They squint and find wormholes into other worlds.

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What they discover: there’s always one light that’s brighter than the other. And they are drawn to its luminescence with purpose.

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But there’s always something else in the distance, they think. Their fiercely squinted eyes look funny to humans.

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Something centered and floating appears in the distance–a home of sorts–

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tethered to a reality made of foam.

Donate to Reading Queer: Yay!

20 Nov

tumblr_mgjr4e4MRE1qcalg5o1_500Give Miami Day – For a Greater Miami: 11/20/2013

Hello!

My name is Neil de la  Flor & I am Almost Dorothy. I’m also the Executive Director of Reading Queer. RQ’s mission is to transform the community through the act & the art of creative writing. Today, I need your help! Please make a donation to Reading Queer @ www.givemiamiday.org & spread the word with your allies.

Give Miami Day is an awesome once-a-year 24-hour online giving event that involves hundreds of charities. This year it will be held today (November 20th) & Reading Queer will be one of the beneficiaries. The Miami Foundation and its partners will match every single donation up to $10,000, and the charity that gets the highest number of individual donations will receive an additional $10,000!

Reading Queer is the first literary initiative entirely focused on queer writers in South Florida. Your donation will fund:

1. Community-based creative writing workshops led by nationally renowned queer writers
2. Open-to-the-public talks led by nationally recognized queer writers
3. Outreach programs aimed at enriching the lives of the queer community
4. The annual RQ Literary Festival

(Your $25 or more donation grants you free access to ALL RQ creative writing workshops held in 2014! Print your receipt!)

Reading Queer wants to transform the community. Help it work. Help it thrive. We count on you. We kindly ask you to make a tax-deductible donation to Reading Queer and help us transform the community!

Visit: www.givemiamiday.org.

With deep gratitude,

Neil de la Flor (aka, Almost Dorothy), Executive Director of Reading Queer

P.S. Please share Reading Queer’s request with all of your queer friends and allies.

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Reading Queer awarded $5,000 GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant from The Miami Foundation and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

11 Oct

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2013

Reading Queer awarded $5,000 GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant

MIAMI—We are tremendously pleased to announce that the Miami Foundation’s GLBT Community Projects Fund has chosen to award Reading Queer a grant of $5,000.

The GLBT Community Projects Fund is a unique partnership between The Miami Foundation and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to support organizations and programs that advance education and public awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans* issues in Greater Miami. Reading Queer will use the GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant to support its mission to establish Miami as a center for queer literature through a literary salon series, creative writing workshops led my locally and nationally recognized queer writers, an annual week-long literary festival and a literary archive.

“Changing deeply-rooted perceptions of queerness necessitates a new language,” says Paula Kolek, co-founder of Reading Queer. Reading Queer’s larger mission will be to foster this new dialogue between gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans* and intersexed writers and the community through the act & the art of creative writing. The GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant will allow Reading Queer to continue its mission to bring the community together to connect, create and communicate.

The GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant signifies the important role and relationship Reading Queer will play in advancing public awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans* literature in Greater Miami. The grant means that we are supported by the larger citizenry of which we are part. It means that the community finds Reading Queer as exciting as we do. It means that we are one step closer to creating a lively, thriving, ever-evolving literary center for queer literature and queer culture in South Florida!

About Reading Queer: Reading Queer seeks to establish Miami as a center for queer literature through a literary salon series, creative writing workshops, an annual week-long literary festival and a literary archive. Reading Queer is open to all writers who create hybrid, genre-bending works that address queer identity. Reading Queer is partially funded by a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge Grant and a GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant. For more, visit ReadingQueer.org.

About the Miami Foundation: The Miami Foundation provides civic leadership, bringing stakeholders together to tackle issues of concern in our community. Working together with our Fundholders and community partners, we leverage collective knowledge, creativity and resources for a greater impact than any one of us could make alone. For more, visit MiamiFoundation.org.

The Miami Foundation

About the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of communities in the United States where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers. Knight Foundation invests in ideas and projects that can lead to transformational change.For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.

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Robin Thicke is a zebra

5 Sep

Robin Thicke is a ZebraNot all zebras get a free pass so why should Robin Thicke. His “big” hit “Blurred Lines” glorifies rape and ma says that’s fucking insane. Just insane. Fuck you, Robin Thicke. Ma doesn’t care if you have a big dick. All she cares about is caring about women who get raped by dicks like you who make it look like rape is a joy ride. It’s not a joy ride. It’s not a joy ride. Take your zebra twerking ass to Lion Country Safari and report back to us about your evening, Bitch.

http://www.vevo.com/watch/robin-thicke/blurred-lines-unrated-version/USUV71300526

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Almost Dorothy says dontate to Reading Queer

2 Aug

Almost Dorothy supports Reading Queer

21 Jul
Reading Queer Campaign

Reading Queer Campaign

This boy grew up queer & he turned out just fine (more or less). Donate to his new organization Reading Queer & help this boy help other boys, girls & those who identify anywhere in-between to be free, to be confident, to be strong and to be queer through the act & the art of creative writing. At Reading Queer we know it’s not enough just to think things will get better. We have to make it better. Reading queer seeks to establish Miami as a center for GLBT literature and transform the lives of the community.

Visit http://www.readingqueer.org/support.html to make your tax deductible contribution.

Almost Dorothy really needs your support!

17 Jul

Literature matters. It inspires, identifies and empowers us. If we cut access to works of literature, we create a grid of disempowerment that will further destabilize our faltering education system. However, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez proposes to close 22 libraries and fire 251 librarians and related staff.  We propose that Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez slightly raise property taxes for all residents and renegotiate the deal on Marlins Stadium.

Reading Queer

Reading Queer

In the meantime, Reading Queer, my new organization founded with fellow queers, will come to the rescue. The goal of Reading Queer is to establish Miami as a center for LGBTIQ literature and is partially funded by a $35,000 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Challenge Grant. As a recipient of this generous award, the Reading Queer series seeks to create a community of writers within Miami that create hybrid, genre-bending works. Although one organization can’t stop or reverse the assault on literature in Miami-Dade, it can make a difference.  However, we can’t make a difference without your generous support.

In order to receive the $35,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant, we must raise $35,000. The Knight Foundation will match each dollar we raise up to $35,000. There’s more to say about Reading Queer, so take a look at who we are and what we seek to accomplish for Miami-Dade.  Once you read about Reading Queer, please consider making a small or large donation (link is on the website) and please share Reading Queer on Facebook, your blog and Twitter.

Donate to Reading Queer by clicking  here and following the directions for your tax-deductible contribution.

Thank you! Long live literature!

Almost Dorothy

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