Hi! I'm Joe (ze/zir), a queer multimodal artist and writer. I work in Seattle & I write love poems.
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Diarist: Alaska ~ Boarding the Malispina
Alaska The first time I went to Alaska, I was working on the Alaska Marine Highway as a Third Assistant Engineer. This series of Diarist Entries will present my journal entries over the two weeks I worked onboard the ferry Malispina. I'm excited to start this series becuase sea journals, narrative ballads/sea poetry, old sailor yarns and the like have been very imactful on my writing and art! The entire Diarist concept but especially this series reflects my lineage as a mariner poet.
Diarist: Sea letters
Since I was young, writing letters was my primary mode of communication: letters from camp to my best friends back home, letters to my pal studying abroad in Germany, emails from work on ships, and as check-ins with my chosen family around the country. I saved as many letters as I could in a file called "correspondence."
I love emo kids
My friend Crystal gave me my first (and only) iPod for my birthday and Christmas in 2009. I'm writing this essay and compiling this playlist to say THANK YOU! This is still the best gift I've ever received. I know it's corny to say "the gift of music" but that's only part of what she gave me.
Diarist: John Ashbery
I discovered John Ashbery at Barnes and Noble in Ala Moana Mall. Of course, I had heard his name and wasn't the first person to "discover" Ashbery. But I had only heard his name in the genre of poets I should have already known, poets who were so important my ignorance was unheard of. I walked the two miles from my ship to the closest bookstore along Nimitz Highway, losing myself in the bright Hawaiian heat and my thoughts. The industrial, dusty ports turned into downtown blocks turned into the border between old and new: Kaka'ako, Ala Moana Beach, and the mall opened into new beginnings. When I arrived at the air-conditioned entrance to the bookstore I felt a marked difference between where I had come from and where I'd arrived.
Howdy! I hope you're all having a wonderful week. ALERT ALERT the moon has entered the sign of Pisces. I'm going to be honest, Pisces is not my vibe. I struggle when this kind of energy enters the conversation. When I was a child I cried all the time until my parents, convinced there was something wrong with me, chastised me to the point that I felt ashamed of my emotions. I'm only just now learning how to feel through the deep undercurrents inside my mind and body. When I started having panic attacks again in 2018 the only way I could calm myself was to sit under the stream of the shower until my heart stopped racing. I knew I needed to make serious changes. This Pisces moon reminds me of the changes I've made, and the ritual I perform today connects me to my emotions in a powerful, manageable way.