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I picked up PEACE, LOVE, ACTION! by Tanya Zabinski because the illustrations were beautiful. But next to those illustrations were profound instructions to sing, breathe, plant, wonder, kneel, and nurture in order to make the world better. Each action was followed by a very brief bio of an inspiring human, and then a short list of things you can do to be like that wonderful human. Be like Azim Khamisa and Make friends with your enemies to spread peace! Find a knowledgeable person or book and learn more about trees like Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement! I love the wide spectrum of good people in this book: Ella Baker, Black Elk, MLK Jr, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rita Johnson Colvin. Some of these names were familiar, others were not. The stories were empowering, and the lists were packed with at least one thing you could act on immediately. I would love to give this to one of my teen cousins, and then go do a number of these actions together. Activism can feel overwhelming, but this book reminds us that it’s living a life counter to status quo. It’s first finding peace, being filled with love, and then acting from those two places. Very glad this book is here, and I can’t wait to share it with people who also want to transform the world into a more peaceful, loving, and good place. It gave me hope.
Love, sex, obliteration, security, violence, validation, magic circles, compassion, the urge to bite someone soft, and then bloody. This book showcases our wants in kaleidoscope fire. Why do we chase after the things/people/ideas that we do?
My favorite stories:
Night Runner, Scarred, Death Wish, Bad Boy, The Mirror, The Bucket, and the Old Thigh Bone
My ultra favorite story:
Matchbox Sign: The itchiest, strangest, most beautiful tale. Made me feel so much I cried. (and scratched).
Intelligent and wild mixed with so much wild. This book is like the best martini: Boozy with the perfectedest dirty brine.
"Every moment of infinity occurs with passion, and no reflection can bring about a movement." This book shines on different facets of big questions and opens new possible avenues of thought. Is it loving to ask for absolute love? How do you hope for two exactly opposite outcomes (both a death and a non-death of the same person), and receive both? Such clear, clean logic and prose. Brings forth hawk sight acuity as you read.
Howdy! Do you live here? [Earth drawing here] Do you hate that 9 million tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean every year? Did you like Marie Kondo's Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up? Want to learn how to 1. RETHINK/Refuse! 2. Reduce 3. Reuse 4. REPAIR 5. Recycle? Do you want beautiful skin? Non-plastic toilet paper? Shia's book is for you! Easy, non-judgy suggestions to begin your journey into earth loving joy.
(Bonus read: Bea Johnson's Zero Waste Home - OG queen of zero waste who got me going on this happy journey)
This book gives us a future that separates and blurs human and metal, love and (dis)obedience, death and choice. Her language breaks into geometric softness as it plays around with formal constraints. Her poems make me curious about what is vegetable, what is time, and what is flesh. Does this life begin in riot? surrender?
Gorgeous linebreaks, sensuality, queer love, and sonnet-prowess. Check out Perihelion: A History of Touch. The narrator asks “[w]ill you turn your palms to the sky? Will you turn your palms to the prayer hunger makes? Will you feed and feed, and lick the bowl clean when we’re both full?” Yes, Yes, Yes and Very happily!
What a planet we get to roam through these poems. Choi’s poems transform, plead, seduce, and will us into inhabiting alternate, but overlapping universes. We share moons, and get pulled into the tide-like power of her imagination. There is life constantly opening as it celebrates, and questions. Loved being able to walk through Franny Choi's lucent and fierce brain.
This is a part of America that feels like another planet. Interstellar holy snake handler and preacher tries to kill his wife. The writing and investigation and stories by the author are hilarious and have a silver bell of truth ringing from beginning to end. Faith as a sting of venom--wow.