you fall asleep with your glasses on.
i turn off the movie you suggested.
i make a little film of myself dancing in the mirror:
black dress, swaying hips.
i send the film to jose because it's not out of the ordinary for him to be awake this late.
he sends me a film in return:
girls dancing in short skirts and my art on his walls.
i should send him more. what do i need all this art for?
sometimes i wonder about who i am
vs. what i was taught...
i think about that a lot lately.
maybe it has something to do with the time of year? the slant of the sun?` the yellow cast catches my eye- the way it drips from the leaves, the way it oozes through the blinds. i think of home... days when i'd come home from school to find my mother standing in the kitchen, days when i'd drag my body home so begrudgingly... always feeling at odds, always feeling the pull toward something else, always unable to just get along...
i look at myself in the mirror and i can see that i'm older but i don't feel as old as i am. really, i feel like i've just begun. maybe i'm just a late bloomer? i was simply getting ready all this time. i was simply gathering wool. i was only learning the vocabulary i'd need.
i walked down shattuck ave in the late afternoon and it felt so much like the late afternoons i spent in my hometown. i'll never hate oakland the way i hated redlands. i could never hate oakland at all, it's just that i've been here too long. i lust too hard after other sunrises. i lust too hard after other winds echoing across other avenues. i've drempt too hard for too long of far off places. the residency sealed it. i belong elsewhere. i've known it for quite some time. it feels good to have finally made the decision to click the BUY NOW button on a plane ticket and choose a new adventure. i need to walk down streets i'm inspired by again. i need to welcome the next phase.
i tried to throw away old art supplies today and couldn't do it.
there's so much to get rid of.
i cleaned the toilet instead.
i want to give myself the gift of a fresh start but it is horrendously painful to part with certain things. i'm leaving the contents of my bookcase until last. it'll break my heart to have to part with certain books. today, i looked at my copy of the collected novels of Jean Rhys and thought of Kate- those old days of writing back and forth to one another through email and the comment boxes of our blogs. i read all of Jean Rhys' novels during the 8 days i had to wait before i could board my plane to tennessee to go watch my mother die. then kate mailed me a copy of Roland Barthes' "Mourning Diary" after i returned home to california after the funeral.
i shouldn't have become so distant after all that (with everybody) but i honestly couldn't help it.
i couldn't help it.
sometimes i still can't
but i'm glad to not need such a deep silence now.
brian is curled up under my white quilt.
i love him and i'm glad he is here.
tonight while we walked home from the bar, i looked at him and said, "hey, brian elder, you're my best friend!"
he looked at me and said, "oh yeah? you're my best friend!"
i'm happy as fuck. :)
these texts are an archive of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area from march 2007 - march 2015. it stands as a record of close to a decade of my life, charting the struggles i faced as an artist, daughter, and lover. messy and chaotic at times, eloquent and poetic at others, these texts are an index i am proud of. it was here in this electric box that i learned how to be honest about my experiences and the person i needed to become. it was here that i first learned the truism that words make the world and how to trust such a beautiful, rife, hard fact.
thank you for meeting me here in such tall grass.
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