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protection

I made a new mini-zine–it’s called Protection.  It’s one legal size paper folded up, with words in the middle also.

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I’ve had great feedback about How Not to Domestic Violence Anyone.  So I realize these small ones can be very meaningful, even though they’re funsize.  I’m happy to experiment with what works and how I can share my writing in ways that are well-received.

Protection is about rosemary, my favorite plant for protection.  I talk about the ways I help myself feel safe, when I’m feeling too exposed–I list activities.  Some are practical–some are witchy.

There’s a list of who I pray to including the moon and my own body, and there’s an example protection prayer.  I talk about rosemary steam.  There’s a list of songs that help me feel powerful and might help you feel powerful too.  I list some of the kind things I say to myself in my head, to help me feel safer.

There are ideas for how to create a world with more protection, like donating to justice groups like your local street medics, working toward a soteria house, speaking up for access needs, and cooking for vulnerable neighbors.  Overall, I like this zine very much.  No one has seen it yet except for me and Ming.  So I hope to share with friends soon.

avantpop punk poetry antholozine

I got my contributor’s copies of Avantpop Punk Poetry Antholozine the other day.  I have three poems in this zine.  They are some of my favorite recent poems.

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Ming and I went to Avantpop Bookstore‘s opening night.  We went early and missed the shibari performance.  It was fun to be out, when I’m almost never among people, except at a park or grocery store sometimes.  Stressful and interesting.

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It was cool to check out the bookstore’s new space.  Previously it was the site of Happy Earth Market, which we loved.  So it’s weird to be back there, with a totally different vibe.

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I related to this furniture–sometimes I wish people were not so quick to lean on me.  Just sometimes.

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Ming bought me this giggle gangster sticker.  I love that phrase.

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By Laura-Marie

Good at listening to the noise until it makes sense.

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