April 9th, 2009

Hearth

Thor's Day

Wind Tunnel Dreams

Wind Tunnel Dreams: Month of Myth

Seven Faeries of Boston

1.
The faeries of MIT dip and wheel
on wings glittering with circuitry
gathered in tribes
by programming language
their code sublimely elegant

2.
The faeries of Cambridge
have wings of paper
rustling behind them
tobacco-brown and deep-red inks
staining them in lost words

3.
The merfolk of the Harbor
comb candy wrappers from their hair,
but keep the beer bottles
for elaborate art installations,
fashion jewelry from pull-tabs

4.
The Green Monster
feeds on the energy on crowds -
is dormant in winter,
but is, for a time,
the center of power in this place

5.
The flower fae of the Gardens
and the yellow-feathered fae of the Common
have a truce, a pact
malleable borders
(some have married and raised golden-petaled daughters).

6.
The gnomes of the Big Dig
follow behind the crews
undoing what is done
leaving it unfinished,
their perfect home.

7.
The leprechauns of Southie
will kick your ass
if you so much as look at them
sideways.
So don't.








The next Vegas story is something like this for there; it's how Hal assembles the deck he has in "Fortune", by visiting the kami of Las Vegas.

Tell me about the faeries of your home. And if you're enjoying Wind Tunnel Dreams, toss a little money in the tip jar to get my kid to Awesome Camp!
Social Change

Clothesline Project

So what is The Clothesline Project"?

The elevator pitch on the website says: "The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. "

There are now tens of thousands of shirts in Clothesline Projects across the country.

Tens of thousands.

They're color-coded: yellow for assault and battery, red/pink/orange for rape and sexual assault, blue/green for incest/childhood molestation, purple for women attacked because of their sexual orientation, black for politically-motivated attacks, and white for women who were killed by their attackers.

(The ones that break my heart most are the kid-sized tees or onesies.)

Making a shirt is very cathartic for the survivor. And seeing the shirts on display, hundreds of them at a time.... is a very powerful and moving experience, and can be a real punch to the gut for people who've never really thought about what all of those statistics translate to in real life.

Today, now til 6:30pm, BARCC will be displaying 200 shirts in South Station. I'll be there from 11:30-1:30, then from after lunch til I fall down go boom, to talk to passersby about the realities of rape and sexual assault. If you don't have a day job, or if your day job's near South Station, you should come see.

Thank you for all that you do to help me help others. This is important stuff.