Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pull Out the February 2008 Calendar

After a number of emails between Kodak Harrison and Laure-Anne Bosselaar, I am excited to announce that Laure-Anne Bosselaar will be a feature at Kodac's Java Monkey Speaks on Sunday, February 17, 2008. Mark it on your calendar; program it in your PDA. I am telling you this as sure as I'm Dolly obsessed-- you won't want to miss this reading.

I met the fantastic Laure-Anne two years ago at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and she was kind enough to meet with me this past January at PBPF. She is an amazing person as well as poet. I simply love her personality. She has graciously agreed to an interview for the first issue of Limpwrist (yay!).

Check out Laure-Anne's books THE HOUR BETWEEN DOG AND WOLF, SMALL GODS OF GRIEF, and A NEW HUNGER.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Variety-- Limpwrist to Work to .....

~ MM is the greatest; he's got some mad skills. Chick here to check out this page he created to pimp out Limpwrist.

~ Today, I had my first disappointment with the new job. When I interviewed for the new job I was told that I would have 2 weeks vacation. Now the person I interviewed with, who is also my supervisor, told me she is sorry for the miscommunication. In book it isn't miscommunication when you flat out tell me something then basically say you didn't. The lack of vacation time poses a big problem for me since I'm going to the Key West Literary Festival in January, which will have be off Wednesday to Wednesday. Another supervisor told me I could work longer shifts on Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday to help with the time loss-- it is a nice gesture but when you depend on 40 hours a week it isn't enough.

~ Check Charles Jensen's blog today and scroll to his entry 11/20/07. He has a new chapbook with a fabulous cover titled The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon.

~ Paul and I watched the Hairspray remake last night. I prefer the 1988 version-- even if that means I lose some gay points. Michelle Pfieffer did an amazing job playing the bitch. Evidence below:

Saturday, November 24, 2007

3rd Annual GLBT Holiday Tree Lighting

It's a full evening of fun, food, and friends when Outwrite plays host to the Third Annual GLBT Holiday Tree Lighting, a benefit for Atlanta Pride Committee, on Thursday, Nov. 29 starting at 7:30 p.m. hosted by the outrageous local personality Ruby Redd. This event is free and open to the public.

This year live music is an added feature with appearances by DeJe Johnson, a performer from Blake's Southern Comfort series, and OurSong, the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chorus. Live theatre is also represented with appearances by Scrooge from Alliance Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol as well as by the elfin star of Horizon Theatre's production of The Santaland Diaries.

A special guest appearance by Carey Sherrell, a contestant on Donald Trump's television series The Apprentice, is also scheduled.

While kids of all ages are invited, only those 21 years of age or older will be able to purchase a wristband ($5) entitling bearers to free food and drink. Raffles for fabulous prizes donated by area businesses are also planned. Smirnoff Twist is providing cocktails with Vitamin Energy providing non-alcoholic beverages. Blake's on the Park is supplying food.

Revelers may also place their festive ornaments on the Holiday Tree.

This gala event is sponsored by Outwrite, Smirnoff Twist, Vitamin Energy, Blake's on the Park, David, Southern Voice, and Atlanta Pride Committee.

(from Outwrite's webpage)

"Buying Stock" ~ Denise Duhamel

Love this poem.

BUYING STOCK

"...The use of condoms offers substantial protection, but does not
guarantee total protection and that while
there is no evidence that deep kissing has resulted in
transfer of the virus, no one can say that such transmission
would be absolutely impossible."
-- The Surgeon General, 1987

I know you won't mind if I ask you to put this on.
It's for your protection as well as mine--Wait.
Wait. Here, before we rush into anything
I've bought a condom for each one of your fingers. And here--
just a minute--Open up.
I'll help you put this one on, over your tongue.
I was thinking:
If we leave these two rolled, you can wear them
as patches over your eyes. Partners have been known to cry,
shed tears, bodily fluids, at all this trust, at even the thought
of this closeness.

~ Denise Duhamel

Friday, November 23, 2007

Spam Poetry-- Rated X

I'm willing to be someone else's life, but not anyone I care deeply about, that it was T.S. Eliot who once said, Good poets borrow; great poets steal. I am in no way calling myself a great poet. I am only using Eliot's line to soften the stealing of an idea, but I know CK won't mind--- after all I am giving him credit. CK recently posted a poem in his blog that was created from the subject lines of his spam mail, but I heard him first mention the idea of saving spam subject lines at the Outwrite reading I did earlier this month. I absolutely fell in love with the idea, so I started saving spam subject lines.

Every line in the poem below is from a subject line. The poem is rated X.. (I wonder if Loretta Lynn will pay me for that reference to her song)-- be warned..... I like it.. hope you will too

Spam Poem 1

Dear prize winner
Make a breakthrough in your sexual relationship
Don't let your dick provoke her laughter
Don't be an average man! Megadick will lift you up to the top
You'll never be unhappy in bed anymore!

Forget about failures in the bedroom
Bigger penis is not just an illusion
Make all the girls notice your manhood
Grow a hulky shaft
Let your penis grow into a purple-headed demon
Separate yourself from other men
Your new penis will be all women's dreams

11/23/07

THE MIST



Thanksgiving dinner was delicious. My mother outdid herself. We enjoyed turkey, green beans, rice, mac&cheese, okra, squash casserole, rolls, corn, and homemade cheese cake for dessert. (The corn, okra, green beans, and squash were grown in my parents garden.) After dinner we watched some of the Law & Order marathon. I could stay glued to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for hours, sadly, maybe days.


After leaving my parents' place, Paul and I went to the theater to watch THE MIST. I was expecting to be disappointed with the movie because I often feel let down when Stephen King's literary works are made into movies; however, THE MIST was great. Go see it this weekend; you won't regret it.

I had two favorite performances in the movie. One was by Marcia Gay Harden as crazy-ass schizo religious zealot Mrs. Carmody. Her performance was flawless. Frances Stermhagen as Irene, the town's caring elementary school principal, was my other favorite performance. Irene has a memorable line that will have you laughing-- "I have more canned peas!" Even though I enjoyed the performances of these lovely women, I still enjoyed eye candy Thomas Jane as David Drayton-- yum.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy T-Day


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Monday, November 19, 2007

WGA Strike Perspective from Richard Andreoli

Below are links to blog entries written by Richard Andreoli, editor of MONDOHOMO. Rick has written some interesting and informative blog entries regarding the Writer's Guild of America Strike, and I have enjoyed reading his entries.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Grass Roots Institute Sale!

The first time I heard the name Aida Rentas was
at an Atlanta Pride Committee when we were
discussing and voting on male and female grand marshalls for the 2007 Atlanta Pride Parade. After hearing about Aida, I was surprised I had never of her before. I thought to myself, this woman sounds amazing! If you don't want to take my word for it, heck even if you do, I encourage you to click here to read here biography on the APC website.

I remember when I walked into Aida's Grass Roots Institute (GRI). (You can see a little bit of the store in my Dolly Night at GRI blog entry; you'll also see Aida strutting it as Dolly.) The store was packed with all kinds of art from floor to wall to ceiling-- paintings, pottery, photography, homemade soap & candles, and so much more. I couldn't help but feel at home and safe, which I am sure is how the children involved in Aida's program feel. Aida and I sat down and chatted about the work I wanted to do with her organization. I don't think I have ever had someone I just met keep me smiling and laughing for an entire lengthy conversation. Quickly I learned Aida is what I call a spit-fire-- fiesty....blunt...tells it like it is no matter what. I fell in love.

Anyway, I could write a book on the wonders of Aida, but I should get to the purpose of this post. GRI is moving locations. To help in the switching of locations Aida is having a huge sale. I stopped by Saturday to check out the sale and left with a few goodies. GRI will be open every day this week from 10am to 6pm, except for Thanksgiving. Schedule some time to visit GRI-- you'll probably find a little something-something for yourself or someone else.

Grass Roots Institute
593 Edgewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312
(located by the Lighting Loft)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Dustin-Contest Time

I have had the desire to do something different, fun and a little bit unique, so I thought why not have a Dustin-Contest. No, I'm not self centered, only lazy-- it is must easier to come up with questions about me than to do extensive research to create really hard trivia questions.

This entry contains eleven questions. Five of the questions are multiple choice and the others are very short answer. If a question is marked with an asterisk it means the answer has been discussed in my blog. There is one trick question; it should be obvious that it is a trick question but the answer is not so obvious.

Like any decent contest, there will be a prize. If I happen to feel frisky there might be a prize for second place. However, we all know that second place is only the first person to lose-- or at least that is what my dad used to tell me.

TO WIN, email your answers to dustinvbrookshire@gmail.com. Please type "Dustin-Contest" in the subject line. All comments regarding my cuteness as a child, visible in the above picture, may be left in a comment.

1. For the past couple years, I've wanted to do Dolly for Halloween. Which Dolly did I want to be?
A) Here You Come Again- Dolly
B) Best Little Whorehouse in Texas- Dolly
C) Halo & Horns- Dolly

2. Out of the three poets below, which would I consider my favorite?
A) Kim Addonizio
B) Marilyn Nelson
C) Denise Duhamel

3. How many times have I visited Dollywood?

4. What poet do I consider as my mentor?*

5. Who is my favorite actress?
A) Jodi Foster
B) Kathy Bates
C) Dolly Parton

6. Whenever I attend a workshop or conference what book do I always take?
A) Furious Cooking
B) Bodies that Hum
C) Kinky

7. What is my boyfriend's name?*

8. Which celebrity does Daisy share a birthday with?*

9. In January 2008, what conference will I attend?*

10. What movie introduced me to the wonderful, funny, and talented Madeline Kahn?
A) Blazing Saddles
B) Clue
C) Young Frankenstein

11. What follows my blog's name?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Dustin Contest Coming

At some point this weekend I am going to post a blog entry with a Dustin Contest........ I feel like doing something fun. The person with the most questions answered correctly will win a little something-something. Until then, enjoy this Dolly video:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

2008 Atlanta Pride Theme

Your Vote. Your rights. Your future.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Brief Overview of Poetry Night

I think the poetry evening at Outwrite was a success! It was great to see all of the usuals: Collin, Lisa, and Rupert. Franklin Abbott hosted and started off the reading. Then he introduced me-- I started off with three villanelles then read a mix of old and new work. I debuted four new poems and two of the new were brand spanking new. The brand spanking new poems were "Building 412 (1/1/04)" and "The Georgia Baptist Convention Requests a Day of Rain Prayer on 11/4/07." "Building 412 (1/1/04)" is inspired by the AJC's series A HIDDEN SHAME: Death in Georgia's Mental Hospitals, and I am currently working and mapping out other poems on the series. The other new poems were "Wreckage" and "Ivory"... both come from the last section of my chapbook DISORDERS.

Karen Head was absolutely amazing. I loved all of her work, and I am hoping she will submit to Limpwrist because I would be honored to include her in the first issue. Karen read a poem about a breast cancer survivor; I think I'll ask if I can post it in blog. The poem was moving in many ways, but it made me think of two friends who have battled breast cancer. She closed her reading with a dream poem, and in the dream Dolly Parton is her aunt. I was giddy. I plan to ask Karen if I can reprint it in Limpwrist.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Remember, support Outwrite because Outwrite supports its community and audience.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Tomorrow Night!

Time: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 8:00 PM

Phone: 404-607-0082

Title of Event: Poetry Night with Franklin Abbott & Friends


Outwrite hosts the popular Poetry Night with readings by Atlanta poet and host for the evening Franklin Abbott and invited guests. This November edition features poets Dustin Brookshire and Karen Head.


Dustin Brookshire is a poet, activist, eternal student, and part time naughty boy living in Atlanta. Dustin has had work published in numerous online journals, won awards from sate poetry societies, and had his blog recognized on the Senate floor in the Georgia General Assembly.


Karen Head author of Sassing (WordTech Press, forthcoming) and Shadow Boxes (All Nations Press, 2003), will be joining us at Outwrite for our popular poetry night. Karen's poetry has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. As a scholar of contemporary American Poetry, she has begun to explore the connections between traditional text-based poetry and digitally- enhanced poetry, an exploration that involves her in a number of projects being conducted in the Wesley Center for New Media at Georgia Tech. Her digital poetry was featured at the E-Poetry 2007 festival in Paris.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

America's Next Top Model

I have a fever. No, Christopher Walken, it can't be cured by more cowbell. However, it can be cured by more of America's Next Top Model. Yes, I realize admitting my addiction to Top Model upgrades my gay card from regular to platinum--- it can't be helped.

Today, there was a Top Model marathon on MTV...... this means my goals of rearranging this and that & washing a couple of loads of clothes never happened. Damn you Tyra.

It doesn't hurt that Jay Manuel and Nigel Barker show up on every episode. Jay and Nigel = Exquisite Eye Candy that is diabetic approved.




Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Hidden Shame: Death in Georgia's Mental Hospitals

Below I have links to a series of articles, A HIDDEN SHAME: Death in Georgia's Mental Hospitals, written by AJC investigative reporters Alan Judd and Andy Miller. It isn't enough to say I am appalled by what has slid by in the state mental hospitals. I am saddened for the people and families that are victims of the neglect and abuse of the state mental hospitals.

I am disgusted that the GA Governor Sonny Perdue had the nerve to request $19 million for his Go Fish Georgia Initiative when the AJC was spotlighting the need of financial assistance for state mental hospitals. I was shocked that Perdue considers fishing more important than the state's mental hospitals.

A HIDDEN SHAME: DEATH IN GEORGIA'S MENTAL HOSPITALS
A HIDDEN SHAME: About the series
Part 1: Sarah Crider is among the victims
Part 2: Suicide exposes neglect in state hospitals

Part 3: A fatal struggle--but no punishment
Part 4: Lax security, easy escape, tragic ending
Part 5: Family shattered by failure in care
Part 6: Psychiatric patients are vulnerable when state shunts them to inns, shelters, streets
Part 7: Children housed with alleged offenders
Part 8: A lonely end to a life of madness
Part 9: Mental unit needed cops to end teens 'riot'

"Islands in the Stream"

Look at the split on her dress! HOT.

Shakira Parody from Way Back When

This video never fails to make me laugh.

Friday, November 9, 2007

On my home from work today, I saw something that is currently a huge sin in Georgia. At the intersection of Springdale and Lindbergh there is a leaking fire hydrant.

Four or five blocks down the road,on the opposite side of the road from the leaking hydrant, a homeowner has a sign in his yard that reads, "the wet sidewalk is from an undergroun pipe leak, NOT from watering the lawn."

Thursday, November 8, 2007

U.S. House Takes Historic Step by Passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

U.S. House Takes Historic Step by Passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
11/7/07

WASHINGTON – In an historic step toward equality, the U.S. House of Representatives successfully passed today the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA. The vote, 235 to 184, marks the first time ever that either chamber of Congress has passed employment protections based on sexual orientation.

"Today, we witnessed the making of civil rights history in the U.S. House of Representatives by the passing of ENDA," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "This vote by Congress is an important step at ensuring that millions of gay and lesbian Americans will never again have to go to work in fear of losing their jobs because of who they are."

In 31 states, it is currently legal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation. In 39 states, it is legal to fire a person for being transgender.

The Human Rights Campaign helped introduce ENDA 13 years ago to prevent workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. This year, for the first time, HRC and allies on the Hill included gender identity in the bill to also protect transgender workers. One month ago, House leadership made it clear that Congress did not have the votes to pass HR 2015, which prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This week, House Rules Committee reported out Congressman Frank’s HR 3685, a bill that protects only sexual orientation, to the floor.

While HRC was disappointed that HR 3685 did not include protections for transgender Americans, it believes the successful passage of Congressman Frank’s bill is a step forward for all Americans, and that it paves the way for additional progress to outlaw workplace discrimination based on gender identity.

"Our fight for equality will not be won overnight," said Solmonese. "It will be won one step at a time, and we will not give up until we reach the finish line. This is a critical piece of legislation and a major step toward the finish line for all Americans."

Throughout history, Congress has often taken an incremental approach toward equality for other civil rights and business regulatory legislation. For example, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was introduced in five consecutive congresses for eight years and was vetoed twice by former President Bush before it was finally signed into law on February 5, 1993, by President Clinton. Each time the FMLA was introduced, Members built upon the protection from the previous year’s legislative action.

Additionally, each piece of civil rights legislation passed by Congress -- in 1957, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1990 -- continued the legislative path of the expansion of essential civil rights protections in law.

On Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign joined the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR); the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), among other organizations in the civil rights community, in support of the bill that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate on sexual orientation. The letter was signed by 10 national civil rights and worker protection organizations representing millions of Americans.

(taken from www.hrc.org)

"Shine"

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

11/13/07 --- Save the Date


Karen Head
and
Dustin Brookshire

OUTWRITE
TUESDAY EVENING
NOVEMBER 13TH
8 PM
HOSTED BY
FRANKLIN ABBOTT


Karen Head is the author of Sassing
and Shadow Boxing.
Her digital poetry was featured
at the E-Poetry 2007 Festival in Paris.
She teaches at Georgia Tech.

Dustin Brookshire is a poet, activist
eternal student and part time naughty boy.
His chapbook, Disorders,
is in search of a publisher.
His online magazine, LIMPWRIST,
is on the verge of launching issue 1.
Find him at
www.dbrookshire.blogspot.com

OUTWRITE BOOKSTORE AND COFFEEHOUSE
is located at 10th and Piedmont
www.outwritebooks.com
404-607-0082

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.
COMING UP IN 2008
Jim Elledge
author of A History of My Tattoo



www.atlantarainbowmuse.com
www.theninthmuse.com
(stolen from Franklin's email)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Changing to the Other Side of the Fence

After eight years in retail pharmacy I pursued change and will be embracing it soon. I accepted a full time position with a 29-doctor medical practice in Atlanta. The practice has a position for a pharmacy technician on its clinical staff team. The tech fields calls from patients and pharmacies regarding prescriptions, meets with drug reps, stocks the sample closet, and assists the clinical staff in others if desired/as needed. With 29 doctors I have a feeling I will be quite busy with the calls regarding refills!

I was extremely nervous about my interview because it has been years since I've had to interview for a position. I guess I shouldn't have been nervous because it was a slam dunk. The interviewer told me that I impressed her with my medication knowledge and professional demeanor. (Yay for compliments!) But even so, I have already started studying the area this practices specializes in.

This position is all around better from what I am currently doing. I will have better hours. I'm maxed out at my current job at barely-decent pay rate, and I'm going to start out at a much better rate with room for raises at the new job. Also, there is no more worrying about if I'll be working holidays as the office is closed for 9 holidays throughout the year. Oh yes, this is going to be good for me.

I am not abandoning retail pharmacy all together. I plan to work a weekend or two each month. The extra money from the weekends will be good for me, and it will keep my drug knowledge up to date.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Rolled Like Dice

The day after my "Bette Davis Eyes" entry, I some how managed to knock over a cap less bottle of water during the night. Yes, water equals no stains; however, water soaking a laptop equals possible big trouble. My laptop has not functioned properly unit t0day. Praise be to Dolly for a working laptop!



Here's some blurbs of stuff that I have wanted to blog about when I was laptop-less:



*BIG NEWS: I've worked in retail pharmacy since I was 16; I've been with my current employer for 6 years. This month all of this is changing because I am leaving my job for another. Well, I am leaving as a full time employee. I'll probably dedicate an entry to tomorrow to this change.

*Listening to NPR this morning I found out: In April of this year soldiers serving overseas had their duty time increased from 12 months to 15 months. My Opinion: The increase is bullshit.

Georgia Speaker of the House, Glen Richardson, wants to abolish property tax and implement a 4% on EVERYTHING...... yes, everything means the items that weren't taxed before like doctor visits, etc. My Opinion: I'm not on Speaker Richardson's abolishing boat.



*The Southern Baptist Convention has asked all churches belonging to the group to pray for rain in Georgia and think about what God is telling us. My Opinion: A poem is in the works on this topic.

*I really want to watch BEOWULF and ENCHANTED. I'm excited that THE LOVELY BONES is being made into a movie; hope it comes together as an A+ production.