1. Listen

    so you just want to take the edge off
    one beer
    one joint
    one teeny weeny Prozac

    get rid of the edge?

    people, the edge is what Columbus sailed straight into
    it’s the launching pad for every space shuttle
    the edge is Eve contemplating the apple

    and what’s life without an edge?
    that’s right,  it’s DULL
    the edge is the cliff you’ve dangled from in a hundred nightmares
    you never know what’s over that edge
    and there’s only one way to find out

    Brothers and sisters
    where are we—
    who are we—
    if we take the edge off?

    Lose the edge
    and all you’ve got is middle
    middle aged
    middle class
    middle of the road
    middle management

    you’re dribbling along in the uncooked vanilla pudding of life
    all fat
    no lean, hard edge to drive you
    sharpen your skills
    your wit
    your senses

    the edge holds the answer to your questions
    the question to your answers
    it’s the trailhead to the road not taken
    the edge is everywhere
    you’ve never dared to be

    baby, if you’re not on the edge
    you’re sleepwalking through been there done that
    you’re stuck watching reruns of somebody else’s life
    in the great mushy middle
    where all the droning, moaning masses live
    and eat and act and dress and think alike
    and see the same movies
    so they can have the same conversations and then
    dream the same dreams
    if they dream at all

    on the edge you don’t know
    what anybody is going to do or say or think
    the edge is not available on your cell phone, iPod, satellite dish
    or anywhere in the googleable universe
    the edge does not twitter, it THUNDERS

    and there are no disguises here
    on the edge, everyone is naked
    all bets are off
    and the game’s not rigged
    the air is clear and brisk
    your heart’s pounding
    you’re shaking
    you’re lightheaded and queasy
    you’re scared
    because everything is initiation
    on that sharp unforgiving edge

    damn right it’s uncomfortable
    the edge is change
    it’s what you don’t  see  coming
    so get out of your comfort zone and deal with it

    sure, the middle’s safe
    it’s safe like hot cocoa, life jackets and training wheels
    if that’s how you want to live
    if you don’t ever want to break the rules
    take risks
    grow up
    past your precious fears and life-strangling limitations

    if you want to spend your life
    drinking lite beer
    smoking  another joint
    eating what’s put in front of you
    and home entertaining yourself
    till you suffocate
    on the vacuous paucity of your miserably crippled existence

    then go ahead—have a virtual life

    but if you’re tired and weary and battered
    if you can’t take one more asshole
    riding herd on your wild and precious life
    if you’re mad or sad or bored enough
    to wake up and do something
    if you’re ready to feel the pain of the great
    gaping wound your life has become
    then goddamn it, friend!

    quit your job
    quit smoking
    quit whining
    leave that jerk
    write that poem
    go dancing
    get sober
    take a road trip—a dare—a spin—a lover—a chance
    honey, break down and cry if that’s what it takes
    then pick your ass up
    and for all you’re worth run
    don’t walk
    to the edge

    © Lisa Martinovic

  2. Art. Compassion. Resistance. 
Three hours left. Every pledge doubled. 


    Art. Compassion. Resistance.
    Three hours left. Every pledge doubled.


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The Revolution is my Boyfriend.


    The Revolution is my Boyfriend.

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Being unique is a gift! http://bit.ly/1jEXwiA 


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  6. Some people say home is where you come from. But I think it’s a place you need to find, like it’s scattered and you pick pieces of it up along the way.
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Jeanette Winterson on reading, time, and how art creates a sanctified space for the human experience – spectacular 1994 interview. 
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