1. mad, i decide to take a walk in the rain on this scorching hot august day. with headphones on and smart phone in hand, i set off from worker’s hill in newark’s central ward, the anti-puritan, anti-colonial, anti-slavery, and anti-capitalist liberatory space of my all too imprisoned imagination. i listen to beethoven’s “emperor”, my recent musical obsession, while walking toward the old lenape pathway to the river called passaic. this road, after expropriation, got named market street by the capitalistic dispossessors of land, and i still (un)consciously wonder if there’s an anti-emperor, an anti-empire logic, which beethoven wove into their song’s fabric somewhere. [it has to be in there. how couldn’t there be an anti-imperial logic to the song? all cultural workers across color, shape, and ability lines know their oppressors take the fruits of their labor, the surplus labor creates, alienating them from the goods and profits they make, all for Their Owners and Bosses own privileged delights. beethoven couldn’t be disabled from seeing the ruthlessness of the emperor over them, could they? and, anyway, a song as joyous as the “emperor”, if that’s joy in the notes of the first part i hear, such a tune must know inside itself the joy of guillotining the emperor’s head from their body when and where the fruitful means of production become ripe for the picking.] i listen more...Read More
Author: Lynk Bella Hues
I read lynk bella hues’s poems on Facebook in the aftermath of the “Harper’s Letter” and wanted to feature them (even though, or precisely because, some of our editorial staff were signatories). –James Livingston lynk bella hues is a differently abled anti-racist queer labor feminist who lives in Newark, New Jersey. They explore mad intersectionality within a liberatory marxist poetry framework, itself a product of their experiences and studies to know self, words, and the unequally structured world, past to present, toward understanding and changing it. An unemployed worker because of their serious psychiatric disability, hues shares literary and reportage work on their blog, the matrix and the mess, which is located at...Read More
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