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Eli Underwood
I'm so into you.
Interests: Words, vox, images, recovery
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Posted Sep 10, 2020 at LOVER
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everybody knows, forks were made by men, women made spoons first Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at LOVER
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indifference is. "Waiting On A Friend" Congo Square, New Orleans ©EAU She broke the knife in me When I speak of trauma Tied around the hammered nail Dream/memory I always look Some body/other Whether she was there or not Cold wild Detroit Heart stitched in snow Betrayed/all ways go Sometimes you just have to break a motherfucker Hold the complexity of it all The voice unbroken/heal myself Faire l'amour au mystère Hole in a bag of seeds Spaciousness my king Santiago de Chile Flower made of stainless steel Lets me know how I feel Enlarged to the size Dry from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2020 at LOVER
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when there’s no path forward when there is no hope when even justice feels threatening to our necks and our lives when we can't breathe when victory and salvation are huge risks to take to make sanctuary in these times? what does it mean "Transistions" graphite on repurposed paper; EAU 2020 A blueprint for how Poems, deeper Suspended in water in sky Fir, cedar, fungus, ancient, cycle Resting place/cannot abide My tongue, my nails, the butcher's knife The wound/listen My rage showed my worth information, telling, harness Wolf energy Wild on the page Breathing past Escapee Blood jumps back/heroically Cook... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at LOVER
Posted Aug 24, 2020 at LOVER
Posted Aug 23, 2020 at LOVER
Dear Council and Mayor Cantrell: I just found out about the City's proposed 75% budget cut to our public libraries. While Mayor Cantrell has been threatening to do this since the pandemic, I'm shocked there hasn't been more transparency about this vote today. Public libraries are CRITICAL to our community's health and well-being - as much as the USPS and more than a militarized police - yet here they are on your chopping block. I'm appalled that our Mayor and City Council think this is good management, and I demand the library's funding not be cut and that our millage... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at LOVER
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For decades, I’ve mourned and processed my traumas of domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide, addiction, chronic illness, death. And one could say my life – every little thing I've done with it – is an expression of my undying love for the world, a deep faith that somewhere there's freedom, with people who truly accept and respect each other. All I've ever really wanted is to be part of something bigger than me, community, family. The experience of being so sick with Covid, and having you surround me with so much devotion and care, tells me I am. In trauma... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at LOVER
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Healing from Covid takes everything I've got, food & herbal medicine are my foundation. thank god for my Care Circle keeping my pantry stocked & when I'm too sick to even boil rice, they cook/buy yummy food that meets all my needs, driving thru all weathers & their own struggles to nourish me. I'm deeply humbled in gratitude 🏵🌸🏵 there's no way I could do this without them 🌸🏵🌸 (they also take care of my laundry, medical & pet supplies, daily check ins, and much needed random treats. They don't make me work for anything - they hear me, respect... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at LOVER
offer sexual assault survivors a real path Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at LOVER
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at LOVER
Fat shaming runs SO deep. All this "quaran15" mock horror about extra lbs you may have picked up 🤮 Your body is surviving a freaking pandemic! STOP WITH THE DYSMORPHIC LANGUAGE. It's violence. I promise, the people who died fighting Covid would love to switch places with you. Any new weight I now carry because I've been so sick with Covid that I literally can't move is a CROWN. I'M ALIVE! if you're so mortified by your privilege of wellness, what am I supposed to be, what is anyone who doesn't fit into these (narrow) conscripted ideas of what is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2020 at LOVER
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Surprise arrival today from City Lights, my wish list dream! This is community being in circles. I am loved. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at LOVER
Welcome to my world. One day you have some hope, the next your symptoms roar back in. Covid defies dominant linear paradigms, and asks us to stay in "unknowing". This virus is non-binary. And in the face of it, please watch how you pathologize the 'sick', just because we don't fit into traditional hierarchies of 'wellness'. And resist the urge to slip into weaponizing recovery- I'm not "beating" Covid, I'm surrendered to it. It's the lived paradox of powerlessness, enduring this tragedy that's rooted in & activating real trauma. I'm a furnace and can manage the flames. A life of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2020 at LOVER
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truth BY GWENDOLYN BROOKS And if sun comes How shall we greet him? Shall we not dread him, Shall we not fear him After so lengthy a Session with shade? Though we have wept for him, Though we have prayed All through the night-years— What if we wake one shimmering morning to Hear the fierce hammering Of his firm knuckles Hard on the door? Shall we not shudder?— Shall we not flee Into the shelter, the dear thick shelter Of the familiar Propitious haze? Sweet is it, sweet is it To sleep in the coolness Of snug unawareness. The dark... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2020 at LOVER
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Plenum Allopathic uplink counter-intelligence Non-conformist obviate Cleave abyss Supernatural psychoanalysis Purgative Nullify erratic venement Arduous ternary Telekenisis enclave Immaterial Adduce Rivulet Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at LOVER
Posted May 31, 2020 at LOVER
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“We want freedom by any means necessary. We want justice by any means necessary. We want equality by any means necessary," Malcolm X May 31 It's not just that cops have always been an arm of white supremacy, it's that they are MILITARY. Until police are demilitarized, they do not serve the people, they serve the President. Reagan & every Pres after him signed executive orders (GWBush responsible for a significant one that opened up floodgates of military weapons to local police throughout the country), Obama failed to reverse them (why? All it took was a signature), 45 expands them.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2020 at LOVER
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Was compelled to make latke, pretty bugged about it too lol, now sitting down to eat with windows open & rain, omg the deep flavors & feelings! Just clanging a bell in my chest for my mother, Russian, her mother, Russian, all my mother's mothers, Russian, and childhood in Michigan twilight woods at the big table on the screened in porch, sitting down to eat, the music of it coursing, when they were still alive and I still had family xox cooking is dream work. Dream work is life xox Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2020 at LOVER
What it feels like to be cut in half Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2020 at LOVER
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Sheltering in place as community service. Everything I bring to this I've learned from indigenous, black/brown/LGBTQIA organizers/movement workers/activists. And from my indigenous relations, of the earth, and earth, knowing cycles of death and rebirth, trauma and endurance, inherently. And from my Russian matriarchs raising me in abject poverty with creativity and grit. Skills - when they are learned, shared and honored, they multiply, sustain xox Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2020 at LOVER
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at LOVER
WE ARE COMING DOWN TO EARTH. WE WILL NOT ARRIVE INTACT. - Bayo Akomolafe Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at LOVER
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I'm the working poor. I have no sick days, no paid time off. No savings, no family, no material wealth, no job or home security. I have chronic diseases that compromise my immunity and I'm a trauma survivor living the embodied reality of C-PTSD. Ok, and? It is what it is, man. Who is at risk now isn't abstract if you know me. You know someone whose life can be endangered by flaunting your ability to ignore public health directives. My life, which I actually really deeply and wildly cherish. I'm not in self pity or crying out for attention... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at LOVER