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Me Town

There is a town where many of me live. We all spell our name differently and some of us say it differently but we are all me. It is a happy town. Its citizens are all me. We spend our lives avoiding suffering. Suffering Is Not Inevitable is our town slogan and our fight song. We put it on bumper stickers and sing it when we play neighboring towns in basketball. We yell it when we win and we yell it too when we lose. There is no church on Sundays because everyone is Jewish. Everyone is me. In this town there is a chamber ensemble that performs in the band shell on Thursday nights when it is not raining, we play Suffering Is Not Inevitable on tuned idiophones for those of us who are not watching television or making a quiet dinner at home. In this town we all spend our lives avoiding suffering. It is a happy town.


Hannah Ensor wrote that poem and because it is poetry month and because Hannah is too soon moving (before poetry month is even over) to a place that is not Tucson and because Hannah has not just been a neighbor, or a Casa board member, but a friend and because poetry, no, not poetry but poems - individual ones actually - the ones that, not necessarily through subject matter, but usually through syntax or white space or tone, remind me of Adrienne Rich's quote that "every poem breaks a silence that had to be overcome,' poems like this, like Hannah's poem, are little teachers to me, and because I was sick with the stomach flu and remembered, again, poems more than any other language teach me how, or at least encourage me, to try the things I either don't want to or don't know how to do.

That's why I wanted to type that poem out. (She didn't send it to me - I couldn't just copy and paste it - but I wanted the poem in my body. I miss long-hand but I keep choosing to use the computer. The most interesting bodies, to me, are weird little poems.) I typed Hannah's poem but Hannah is leaving so soon.

In The Queer Art of Failure, Jack Halberstam says, “Being taken seriously means missing out on the chance to be frivolous, promiscuous, and irrelevant. The desire to be taken seriously is precisely what compels people to follow the tried and true paths of knowledge production." I always take myself too seriously but when Hannah reads her poems to us this weekend, I will hold it all much more lightly for a second and I will listen. I guess that's the only thing any poem (which is to say any body, any moment) can ask us to do.

~ TC Tolbert, Assistant Director

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4/22 6-10pm Earth Day Fundraiser at La Cocina
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4/11 & 4/12 Collaborations Workshops
w/Jill Darling, Hannah Ensor & Laura Wetherington
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6/19 The Alchemy of Storytelling: w/ Natalie Diaz & Melissa Febos
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4/6 Lamplight Reading Series
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4/10 Manifest Your Dream Contest Deadline
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4/11 WIP UA MFA Reading Series
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4/12 Trickhouse Live
w/Jill Darling, Hannah Ensor & Laura Wetherington
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4/16 Edge Reading
w/ Allyson Boggess, Ian Ellasante, & Ashley Tsosie-Mahieu
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4/18 Curiosity Symposium on the topic: Invention
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4/19 The Writers Studio Tucson Presents: The Advanced Workshop Spring Reading
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4/23 Trickhouse Live w/Sam Ace & Rachel Levitsky
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5/4 Lamplight Reading Series
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5/1 Trickhouse Live w/Karla Kelsey & Kim Stoll
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5/6 Trickhouse Live w/D.R. Ransdell & Erec Toso
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5/21 Edge Reading
w/Gregory Colburn, Justin Petropoulos, & Tygel Pinto
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6/1 Lamplight Reading Series
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6/18 Edge Reading
w/Lisa M. Cole, Melissa Febos, & Natalie Diaz
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Trickhouse Live: An Integrative Arts and Performance Series
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