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ON SURVIVING | Cassandra Myers

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“The word Survivor links to a history, links to some of us who have not survived.” 

Violence drove me to madness
in an ambulance, that red
white and blue hearse. 

My abusers took turns at the wheel.
Checked me into the hospital.
Waved from behind the glass. 

The intake bed’s parchment dress –
white like every inescapable sheet.
white like the ones icing a gurney –
the body’s final embrace after the wake. 

Lest Us Forget the wake
that morning came for us once,
and can, someday, again. 

Lest Us Forget that surviving outlives us.
That it walks us to the grave.
That it gives us our own private eulogy. 

Lest Us Forget,
those of us that did not make it,
those of us who took the r/pe to the dirt,
took their life as a way to take their life back. 

Let us Forget 

All the hands
and the names
married to each finger
when we count
the small deaths 

Let Us Forget –
The handwritten notes
And the medicine cabinet, and
the cavalry of knives 

Let Us Forget
the escape taxis.
the phone numbers.
tinder profiles. 

Let Us Forget
all of their faces
but never each others
never our own names. 

Let Us Forget
everything that tried to kill us,
including the times we tried to kill us.
Our violent parades, wading into the lake. 

Let Us Forget the lake
Pack up the stones. Leave the rope.
Turn on the car and drive yourself
anywhere, but here. 

 

Cassandra Myers (they/she), a queer, non-binary, brown, mad, survivor, writes through her threaded intersections with a focus on detangling. The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Champion 2019 and CUPSI 2018 Best Poet, Cassandra has been performing within spoken word and slam poetry spaces for over six years. A MSW candidate at York University, Cassandra is applying narrative therapeutic practises within their work as a social service provider and an arts activist. 

VIRTUAL TIP JAR READING W/ LEXIE BEAN | The Ship We Built

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SHORT LINE REVIEW PRESENTS: VIRTUAL TIP JAR READING W/ LEXIE BEAN | The Ship We Built

Lexie Bean is back again for another reading! This time, they will be reading from their debut middle grade novel, THE SHIP WE BUILT.

You can get your copy signed here or get a copy if you can’t afford one here! If you are able to donate to Lexie’s Venmo, 50% of profits go towards giving free books to people who wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise and the rest will go towards supporting Lexie! Just Venmo @Alexandria-Bean with subject line “Ship Donation”

FEATURE: LEXIE BEAN
JUNE 3RD, 7PM EST

Reading via ZOOM:

Meeting ID: 741 9195 8719
DM US FOR PASSWORD

VENMO: @Alexandria-Bean
PATREON: www.patreon.com/lexiebean

ABOUT OUR FEATURE:
Lexie Bean is a queer and trans multimedia artist from the Midwest whose work revolves around themes of bodies, homes, cyclical violence, and LGBTQIA+ identity. Lexie’s writing has been featured in Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, The Feminist Wire, Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Them, Logo’s New Now Next, Bust Magazine, Autostraddle, and more. They have also performed, curated, and facilitated around the world. Their most recent anthology, “Written on the Body,” with/for fellow trans and non-binary survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence was nominated for a 2019 Lambda Literary Award. Their debut middle grade novel, “The Ship We Built,” is out now with Dial Books for Young Readers at Penguin Random House.

BLUR: Short Line’s Newest Series on NYC-Raised, Not Based Artists

Short Line Review is releasing its latest project, BLUR, in June 2020 about NYC artists that tackle the elitism in the NYC arts scene.

BLUR is an ongoing digital series about NYC-raised artists/creatives and how they navigate their work alongside NYC’s current issues. With gentrification, socio-economic disparity, segregation, and art institutions prioritizing generational wealth and out of state artists, and more, what does it mean for actual New Yorkers to be an NYC “based” artist? 

“NYC- ‘based’ doesn’t mean you’re actually from this city anymore.” says Short Line Review founder and BLUR curator Dena Igusti. “I’m tired of people claiming stake to a place they’ve never actually lived in, while those of us who do face the repercussions. Even with this current pandemic, the people NYC prioritized all left. Us New Yorkers have to stay here, because this is where we’re from, and all of us have to survive or organize to help our own survive. Yet, we’re barely supported, especially in the arts in our own city. I wanted to hone in on these issues and highlight the artists I hold near and dear to me.”

BLUR will release its first interview in June, featuring interviews with musicians, writers, artists, photographers, producers, and more.

 

Virtual Tip Jar Reading w/ Dev Blair & Friends April 15!

2 for 2 on Virtual Tip Jar Readings! This time we will be having Dev Blair featuring Irie and Michael A. Rosegrant!

SHORT LINE REVIEW PRESENTS: VIRTUAL TIP JAR READINGS
A virtual reading with artists and authors of all kinds from the comfort of your own home. Rather than pay a standard admission fee, these readings are free, but we highly encourage donations to our features.
FEATURE: DEV BLAIR w/ Irie and Michael A. Rosegrant
APRIL 15 7PM EST
Reading via ZOOM:
Meeting ID: 627 956 722
VENMO: @HoshiNoDev
PAYPAL: PayPal.me/HoshiNoDev
CASHAPP: $HoshiNoDev
ABOUT OUR FEATURE:
Blending genres and art forms like the blend of Southeastern US cultures that made them, Boston-area poet, playwright, and performer Dev Blair (they/she) aims to take up space with their rhymes-and challenge the culture while doing so. Nashville born, Atlanta raised, Orlando grown, and Boston educated with ancestors in Louisiana, Dev Blair is a queer/trans Creole witch and wordsmith, writing songs as spells and poems as prayers. All of their work (from writing to performance) is in service of her primary artistic goal: to change the culture. Her poetry has been published in the Hoochie Reader (issues 2 and 3) and on Q wear.com. If you want to keep up with Dev’s work, visit http://www.devblair.com and sign up for The Dev Blur, their monthly curated newsletter.
Irie (she/her/hers) is a Chicago-bred, Boston based poet and performance artist who writes and works likes she’s mad. Sometimes she is. Sometimes that’s a joy, too. She is passionate about making sure these tools return to whom they belong—the youth, the loud, the breakers of chains. Follow her on ig: ireon.jpg or twitter: etubrutee. Be well!
Michael A. Rosegrant (they/them) is a poet descendent of Philippine islands and “American” farmlands. They sing for their ancestors—blood and otherwise—who could not. Their spoken word has been published in The Wave, and shared for orgs/communities including Arts Connect International, BCYF Grove Hall Senior Center, American Repertory Theatre, UMass Boston, and Boston University. Community over everything. Mad love. @michael_arose on IG/Twitter
VENMO: @HoshiNoDev
PAYPAL: PayPal.me/HoshiNoDev
CASHAPP: $HoshiNoDev
See you all there!