‘Falling out of the sky’


I’ve written the short essay below for the photographer William Kelly’s section of the forthcoming Ingrained exhibition. It begins tomorrow and runs until the 28th of May in Moxie studios, Dublin. I recommend you go along if you’re in town and for those who can’t, check out Kelly’s work here (that’s one of his photographs below, from the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda). It gave me an opportunity to write about W.H. Auden and one of my favourite painters Pieter Bruegel the Elder but more importantly to write about an exceptional rising talent here and now.

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in transit


Because all women have walked to their car in the dark, keys clutched tight in hand, one poking out between two fingers.

Because when I go out to bars or clubs, I have to think about whether what I’m wearing is too suggestive, instead of putting on whatever I please.

Because I feel the need to apologize when I’m not wearing makeup or my hair hasn’t been washed, or when I’m generally looking anything other than flawless.

Because there was nothing I could do about the man who touched me inappropriately in the middle of Gillette Stadium as I waited for my then-boyfriend to come out of the bathroom. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STADIUM.

Because there was also nothing I could do when a man touched me inappropriately in the middle of a crowded street, his arm around his girlfriend. Because retaliating in the way I wanted to…

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Turns Out It’s Bad Guys


Counting Chickens


You guys, the inevitable slide into peer influence has begun. I always thought it would be words we don’t use* or some sort of violent swordplay, which we could handle. There have been hints that this was coming. For example she said, “hey hey hey lemme see lemme see” when she noticed I was reading something unfamiliar. She also tried out some version of nany nany boo boo and, when asked who said that, blamed it quickly on another little girl. I know we can’t keep the outside world at bay (and we don’t want to) but then bad guys showed up and with it my personal line in the sand.

I didn’t even know it was a line, you guys. But then there it was, it turns out the line is bad guys. Frankly, I might prefer fuck.**

I even know where the exposure came from…

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