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Anonymous said: Lora, its currently 00.44am and i have been sat on your tumblr,twitter and instagram reciting your poetry for hours now, wondering how you have put all my unfathomable thoughts into such beautiful words. You break me,not in such a way where you should feel bad in a way where you should know that what you write ignites fire in people,especially me. Your poems relate to me in ways that no 15 year old should have to underdstand but you make it okay and not so shitty,for that I am forever grateful.

Oh gosh thank you dearly! This is so sweet

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"I am sorry for filling you with beer and bad thoughts and then asking you why you shook. I am sorry for pinching you, for hitting you, for bruising the thin-skinned parts of you. I am sorry for the names I called you when we were fighting. You are not ugly. You are not useless. You would not be better off gone. I’m sorry for almost throwing you out into the street because my sadness was too much for me. I’m sorry for carving my fingernails into your thigh and then resenting the way people asked, “How’d that happen?” I’m sorry for plucking you and nicking your calves with drugstore razors. I’m sorry I let some people see you in the moonlight. They didn’t deserve to know the color of your hips like I do. I’m sorry for leaving you convulsing over a toilet bowl over some boy. I’m sorry I did not thank you for simply trying to take me where I wanted to go. I’m sorry I screamed at you to shrink, shrink, shrink when all you could do was grow. I’m sorry that this apology is ten years too late. I’m sorry that it will probably come again. I’m sorry that I do not treat anybody else as poorly as I have treated you. I’m sorry that I am constantly learning how to love you, when you have never once doubted how you feel about me. I’m sorry in ways I have not yet learned to communicate." - An Apology to My Body | Lora Mathis (via lora-mathis)
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"Each tattoo
I get is a reminder
that I have grown
into a skin you
have not
touched."
- Your Name In Ink | Lora Mathis  (via lora-mathis)
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Anonymous said: your writing is so inspiring! thank you for sharing with us. any other good feminist reads you recommend ?

You’re welcome! Thank you. Some of these I’ve read, some of these are on my “to read” list:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, bell hooks
  • The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Audre Lorde
  • The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession With Virginity Is Hurting Young Women, Jessica Valenti
  • Feminism is For Everybody: Passionate Politics, bell hooks (a good starter on what Feminism means) 
  • A Room Of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf (women’s relationship to writing) 
  • The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton, Lucille Clifton
  • The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston (“There is a Chinese word for the female—which is ‘slave’. Break the women with their own tongues!”)
  • The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
  • Weetzie Bat, Francesa Lia Block 
  • Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  • Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference, Cordelia Fine (how we have been conditioned into gender roles) 
  • I Love Dick, Chris Kraus (the sometimes confusing dynamics of feminism and being attracted to/forming romantic relationships with men)
  • Fat Is a Feminist Issue, Susie Orbach
  • I Am An Emotional Creature, Eve Ensler
  • Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, Toni Morrison (why racism cannot be separated from gender inequality)
  • Fear of Flying, Erica Jong
  • The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues, Angela Davis
  • The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism and Fascism, George Bernard Shaw 
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my colorful self, Lora Mathis 

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kinextz said: can you link us to the ''mad to live'' poem?

I Am Not The Sea

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Anonymous said: Hello! I was wondering are you publishing a book of your your poetry, or do you have a link to all of them?

I am publishing multiple books soon. A full-length book in the next six months and a 30 or so page chapbook by September. You can read a lot of my stuff at lora-mathis.tumblr.com/tagged/poetry 

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Anonymous said: Is there a chance you could sign or write a brief message on the zine when I order it? I just love personalized things like that x

Definitely! Which zine? 

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Anonymous said: Lora, your poem "I am not the sea" mentions how you have a "mad to live" tattoo. Is that true, and is the story about what the guy says about your tattoo? I'm getting ink soon and I'm afraid that if someone says something like that to me, i might start to rip my skin off. When a boy said he liked my long curly hair, I cut it off. Just curious about the poem, thanks love!

The story is a skewed version of reality. Yes, I have a tattoo that says “mad to live.” Yes, a boy once read my tattoo and said, “What, are you angry about living?” No, he didn’t follow that sentence with, “Aw, I’m just kidding. Come here let me take off that bra.” 

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