Lemonade: Second Serving

I finally watched Beyoncé’s Lemonade video album. A feast for the eyes and ears. The biggest ‘revelation’ was the sound mix which was quite different from the songs alone mix. The visuals are beautifully shot, a wild series of costumes, location, makeups & dance to tell a story with water, fire, rain & shattered glass. The story is of romantic betrayal, revenge, forgiveness, empowerment with race, cultural violence and compassion holding it together. I really liked the underwater sequence & the almost still-life group poses – women taking their space, bodies immobile but the eyes challenging the male gaze. Powerful images that propelled & compliments the songs. Songs that were strong regardless.20mirror26

Freedom, Hold On, Daddy Lessons are stand outs for me. Sandcastles as fine a ballad as I’ve heard in decades & given a sweet production as well. Beyoncé never makes a false move in looks or mood. She even gives us a couple of glances as same-sex couples. Best of all for me is that all the songs succeed without visuals.

20mirror01My only ‘quibble’ is her unswerving dedication to the notion of hetro-normative romance & betrayal. She questions her appeal, her mate’s not being content with what she has to offer – notions that to me, are romantic fictions. Like many, myself at one time, I was invested in this hollywood tv notion of what love & romance are supposed to be.20mirror49When I began to question where those notions have come from into my life & saw they were based on fiction, on fantasy I actually began to be more open to the fluid nature of connection and love. She’s caught in love as sexual possession of another person. It makes for deeply romantic songs but these songs have always been written. She does great work with an old trope though. For an interesting take on the work check out bell hooks.20mirror09The ‘backlash’ regarding the ‘Becky with the good hair’ is hilarious to me. The star of Lemonade is Beyoncé’s hair – the film could be an advert for whatever hair care products she uses. Her hair is filmed with lovely lighting, sublime slow motion, framed against sunsets, dripping glistening wet, floating on the water – it is her crowning glory. There is no Becky with better hair than Beyoncé.

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Hard To Believe

just because

I have a hard on

doesn’t mean I’m interested

it’s not like

we’re in high school

& I can hide it behind my books

or tie a jacket around my waist

yes I do have a hard on

that is an erection

yes it is very hard

like a rock

like a rocket ship

but

you aren’t the landing pad

I’m not interested

I’m not even pretending I am

what more can I say

to convince you

I’m not interested

no I don’t find you repulsive

but it’s not you

that’s making me so hard

when you kiss me

when you pinch my nipples

anyone can do that

and I would get erect

so it has nothing to do with you

you can ignore my hard on

in fact

I wish you would

just take your hands off my balls

stop licking the head of my dick

I’m not interested

I didn’t take my clothes off

for you to give me a blow job

I didn’t

take your clothes off

for that reason either

it was just something to do

honestly

I didn’t come here to have sex with you

that was the last thing on my mind

I’m not having sex with you

to make you fall in love me

I don’t want to be in love

I don’t have the time for that

neither do you

we are adults

we can control ourselves

we can ignore these erections

and get on with our conversation

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June 3-5: attending: Capturing Fire 2016

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check out these poets from Capturing Fire 2015: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx5KD1eDccdjdTdQ28kZRNg

June 11, Saturday  – attending: The Toronto Poetry Talks – 10 AM – Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3C6

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https://www.facebook.com/events/147955055574679/

June 12, Sunday – participating: Michael Matheson – The Axe and the Scalpel – Editing Your Own Work 1:00 pm – Bakka-Phoenix Books – 84 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2H7construction vert

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September 1-4: attending FanExpo 2016 (I’ve already registered)

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November 1 – 30 Participating NaNoWriMo

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