Vox Populi

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Vanessa German: News of the Heart

i think and feel about love alla the time. cuz four or five television stations play the news 24 hours a day. all without reporting much news at all. i … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: Let us see one another and be lifted up

i am talking about breaking open new eyes here. shedding the scales n raggedy scarred lies that skin the eyes of our seeing. let us see one another and be … Continue reading

September 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: Being Awake

We are talking about being whole artists. about being awake and having seeing eyes and feeling eyes. we are talking about not having to know everything. focusing on both the … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: The Earth Said to me

the earth said to me come here. come here and set down. lend me your ear. put your fear. ooops. she said. i mean put your ear here. lay your … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: Whole and Holy

Safe to be your whole self. safe to say things out loud in the sound of your own voice. safe to be in your body in your eyes to be … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: The Insurance Salesman Visits the Road of Corpses

These kids are killing me wit alla their talk of death. yesterday a cue line at the arthouse n a trio of dead uncles shot n kilt. cousins fake cousins … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Vanessa German: Be good to your wild places my loves

i was the dirty one. the least cute thing between my three ravishing straight-toothed sisters. and i was round and brown and the nappiest. cuz. i wasn’t born with the … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: When thug Vanessa comes out

i am tender and mostly only a tuff thing when you have gone offa yo self and put fists to me or gone subversive and cruel the way toddlers do … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Vanessa German: The Boy with the Liberty

i guess that today was the hardest day because when we were in the gallery giving the walking around having been through conversation about oppression and deep discussion of one … Continue reading

July 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Vanessa German: Just in Case

i would hide you. if you needed it. i would. i would come for you. with whatever everything that i had and have. i’d cut the fruit for you. i’d … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: My First Police Memory

My first police memory is of 1980’s Los Angeles being 7 or 8 in the back of the big van my mama drove us all around in. her 5 kids. … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: Go in Ferocious

Go in ferocious. make the eye contact. make the eye contact and tell every sister you see that you Love her. say.i love you. find every embrace and meet it … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: Of Art

i believe in the power of art. and that’s mostly all. but good news is i find it everywhere. like there is this one man on the street and he … Continue reading

June 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

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