…Paul Celan said that the poem was no different from a handshake. I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem—is how Rosmary Waldrop translated his German. The handshake is our decided ritual of both asserting (I am here) and handing over (here) a self to another. Hence the poem is that—Here. I am here. This conflation of the solidity of presence with the offering of this same presence perhaps has everything to do with being alive.
Or the meaning of here is “In this world, in this life, on this earth. In this place or position, indicating the presence of,” or in other words, I am here. It also means to hand something to somebody—Here you are. Here, he said to her. Here both recognizes and demands recognition. I see you, or here, he said to her. In order for something to be handed over a hand must extend and a hand must receive. We must both be here in this world in this life in this place indicating the presence of.
— Claudia Rankine, Don’t Let me Be Lonely: An American Lyric
i know i brag about myself for this all the time but i demand some sort of recognition or award for being financially independent, working literally 40+ hour weeks, and going to class every weekday at 19 units. and still looking good. and for being able to treat myself and still pay off my tuition.
As I have been looking around Tumblr, as well as other places, it has come to my attention that my artwork will at times be reposted. I would like to ask anyone who reads this message to refrain from reposting my artwork. You see, my artwork is personal to me. Even the silly pieces - no matter how silly - are very personal to me. Sometimes my pieces were intended as gifts for my friends, and in these cases, I do not feel that it would be right to spread them across the web, as if they were intended for everyone. Of course, there is also the fact that I demand recognition for my own artwork.
If you wish to have my artwork on your blog, then please reblog it. If you wish to use it somewhere on another website, please ask me for permission and I will decide depending on the case. If you wish to simply see my artwork on another website, or cannot seem to find it there, then ask me to either upload it or if it has already been uploaded.
I will ask you kindly to respect this wish. I may upload my artworks to a site at which it can easily be taken, and I put my trust in those who follow me, expecting them to be mindful of my feelings on this matter. I would rather not put watermarks on my works, you understand.