A poem can be made of anything.

— William Carlos Williams, from Kora in Hell in Imaginations (via proustitute)
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Straightjacket by Joseph DeCamillis

Joseph DeCamillis is a self described life-long reader. He was on the creative writing path when the art bug got him and he’s never looked back. For the last 10 plus years his focus has been on book inspired art. One jewel is his autobiographical Straightjacket, an assemblage of hardback book covers and various items of deconstructed clothing.

DeCamillis had two criteria for choosing the books used:

1.  Reading the book had a major impact on his personality at some stage of his life
2.  Title and/or subject of the book connects to some piece of his past.

His tag line for the piece is “What You Read is What You Get”

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Flavorwire highlights DeCamillis’ amazing miniature paintings on old books 

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 Margaret Atwood writing The Handmaid’s Tale in Berlin, 1984.

(These days, her desk looks like this)

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May my silences become more accurate.

Theodore Roethke, from “Words for Young Writers,” On Poetry & Craft (Copper Canyon Press, 2001)
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I’ve got a pile (or two) of books to read.

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I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief. 

Franz Kafka

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Within the United States, scholars and activists have pointed out the perils of basing theories of racism, as well as anti-racist practices, on the black-white paradigm that informed the quest for civil rights and, further, of assuming that the civil rights paradigm is foundational to the very meaning of anti-racism. Neither paradigm can account, for example, for the role colonization and genocide against indigenous people played in shaping U.S. racism. The historical genocide against indigenous people relies precisely on invisibility—on an obstinate refusal to recognize the very existence of native North Americans, or a recognition or misrecognition that only acknowledges them as impediments to the transformation of the landscape—impediments to be destroyed or assimilated. Differently racialized populations in the United States—First Nations, Mexican, Asian, and more recently people of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent—have been targets of different modes of racial subjugation. Islamophobia draws on and complicates what we know as racism. Moreover, racism, as it affects people of African descent, is today also more deeply inflected by class, gender, and sexuality than we may have recognized it to be at the middle of the twentieth century.

— Angela Davis, Recognizing Racism in the Era of Neoliberalism (via theraceproblem)
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