This last Wednesday, Sarah Menefee came to speak at Harold Washington and talked about her homeless activism. She has been a homeless activist for over 30 years, and she told some harrowing stories about the police terrorizing homeless people and tearing down their tents. If the government won't house them, they should have a right to live in a tent.
She talked about how another world was possible, where people's needs were met and people actually took care of one another, like the do in these camps. It was a brilliant talk.
Towards the end, after the students had left we talked about writing. I asked her if she kept a writing schedule. And she said something like, "You don't schedule sex do you?" She writes when she feels like it, without restrictions, but she does it every day because writing poetry is life giving. So, the sex metaphor holds. LOL. I liked that philosophy, especially because I can't seem to hold a regular schedule with all the work I have to do. However, I do love writing every day.
Here's more of The Harvest draft. I did little edits.
So, have sex and write. #Resist