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Eli Underwood
I'm so into you.
Interests: Words, vox, images, recovery
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here we go lift off ascend to descend to ascend to descend to ascend this isn't a running away it's a walking toward I'm just a dream Michigan mother to me by mother I mean all the things glorious and wretched, not even my siblings had the same mother as me. The makings of a heroine stitches stitching my skin to my bones, what kind of thread could do that but mythical this is no ordinary love (the work, dredging, scraping, shaking, all the hours of my head being shook from my neck, the minutes tick tocking while I shook... Continue reading
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Posted May 25, 2018 at LOVER
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While in silence Great wings surround brilliance My body is a book Byzantine, onyx, quicksilver, I am not who You think I am, do you know Wiping spots of blood on black sheets Made its way into dreams Being fascinated With the entirety, giving Up insanity, driving For the sake of driving, I have no plans To look my rapist in the face He's dead anyway Swiftly, espresso Into the lexicon of survival Understand that in the grand war, my sword/voice Was enough. Between the Escalation and The story Something's tethered to the past and something Burns free. Anticipation A... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at LOVER
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Tyree Guyton, from his "Cage" series Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at LOVER
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Parsed from roots, launched to volant, gallant woman in denim and boots landing in arms of beds in woods that breathe one moment, a moment, completely free there in lake country cherries, blueberries pines, creek, cabin, prayer thank you please I will stand in the sites of my wretched traumas, crack open the chest again (a furnace) because I can take it, run (power) my hands over and through (vision) threads/web anchor me to earth - I stand on clouds (survivor). Burrowing down into the land that birthed me re/memory, culled, culling. Can you feel my grown spirit soaring. I'm... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at LOVER
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A Girl/Reflects Holga, 400 TMax, continuous film strip @EUnderwood Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2018 at LOVER
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THIS IS AMERICA There's so much to say about Childish Gambino's "This Is America", and also to feel. It doesn't matter what I think, he's got the floor. I'm fascinated by how with each watching, the violence is less traumatic to me as a viewer - like everything else on loop in this world, we get used to it. And though some critics argue this is desensitizing, I experience it as a grounding in reality - the less freaked out I am about the lived reality for people of color in America, the more capable I am of honestly bearing... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at LOVER
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Ernestine Shepherd, 76 year old bodybuilder, my heroine Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at LOVER
May 2, 2018 Dear Council Members, I’m writing regarding the Sun Yard development debate slated for May 3rd’s council docket. I’ve been living in Bywater for 10 years, and New Orleans for 25. As a Katrina survivor who lost everything and returned to rebuild and heal, I’m deeply invested in this city, in every sense of the word it's my home. That said, I’m writing today on behalf of my neighbors who you haven’t or won’t hear from: the infirm elders, the folks taking the bus to work, the folks watching the kids of the people at work, Edwin our... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at LOVER
I’m barely in the door and the night manager Tony drawls, “Hey beautiful, how you doin’ tonight?” It’s been a long shift of selling art to an endless stream of tourists; Tony’s maybe the 300thperson to ask me how I’m doing tonight and the first to make me feel like he really cares. Then he asks about my kitten, who was sick over a year ago but Tony’s a big cat lover and he’s just making sure she’s still kicking. This is why Rouses in the French Quarter is one of my favorite grocery stores on the planet; I’m in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at LOVER
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We live in this world and can meet it head on. Don't waste time trying to reconcile ideas of how life should be with how it is. My security has always only come from knowing who I am at the core - nothing material, nothing external. I don't have delusions of grandeur like I can save the world or anything obscene like that. I just do what I can. This is ongoing healing, it's just life, no big deal. The process of healing? It's not a straight line - it's little moments of clarity that stack up the way lucite... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at LOVER
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SRSLY, she earned this Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at LOVER
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Save A Bread I'm Sorry Baby I Got News You Better Call On Me Somebody's Baby Perfidia Lessons Of Love My Conversation Do It Sweet Traveling Man Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at LOVER
Jimbo died today; Clarence saw EMS carrying his corpse out of his Toulouse apartment, “in a ziplock bag.” We knew he meant a coroner’s bag, the tough black ones with thick zippers up the front. I’ve seen a few in my day. Clarence was upset seeing his old friend like that, dead in the sunlight in a big black bag. We can get comfortable with time going by when nobody familiar dies, then suddenly it happens — any random day can be slicked with new grief. And in the post-Katrina landscape of New Orleans, where so much is lost forever... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at LOVER
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at LOVER
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I don't care when people steal my ideas - it happens all the time but doesn't threaten me. My faith is absolute in my ability to generate ideas - they've always come easily - and I trust that. For this I'm eternally grateful, because it honestly seems to be the most crucial gift/skill in an artist's life: creative envisioning. Threaten my livelihood, jeopardize my ability to turn my ideas into cash dollars, to take care of myself, though? Well that's another ball game. An idea costs me nothing, it's low hanging fruit. My funds? Nope. That's when we will be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at LOVER
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"Just Think" polaroid ©EUnderwood Art: Tyree Guyton; Heidelberg Project, Detroit, MI He is a leader I follow. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at LOVER
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at LOVER
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And Let Go Acrylic on canvas ©EUnderwood Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at LOVER
rehearsal for the next show in my kitchen Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at LOVER
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at LOVER
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Doves, coffee, friendship, water, lemons, water with lemons, dog, cats, truck, a little cash, service work, denim, denim jacket, jeans, apps, social media, all that content, play, plants, seeds, soil, clay pots, rain, rainy day, soft gray rainy day, the fridge is full, the gym, sweat, BPMs, my goodness, books, library, flowers everywhere, jasmine, roses, eggs, quinoa, mustard, greens, mustard greens, garlic, balsamic, apples, berries, being on the knife's edge of anger and not burning the village down, just, ah, breathe/strong Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at LOVER
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I got to talk to Karla tonight. She's up in Traverse City, going through her mom's belongings - her mom, Paloma, a strong and powerful woman, passed away last week. Karla's a champ, a spiritual warrior, humble and funny, smart and tired, a mom herself doing right by her mom. And she found energy and time to ring me up, asking me to read the poem for her to her. And as usual, a conversation with Karla makes magic in my soul. There's a connection between us that's abundantly real, and has sustained and survived and so forth. I love... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at LOVER
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Everything about this I love Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at LOVER