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HOMOSEXUALITY by Frank O'Hara

So we are taking off our masks, are we, and keeping
our mouths shut? as if we'd been pierced by a glance!
The song of an old cow is not more full of judgment
than the vapors which escape one's soul when one is sick;
so I pull the shadows around me like a puff
and crinkle my eyes as if at the most exquisite moment
of a very long opera, and then we are off!
without reproach and without hope that our delicate feet
will touch the earth again, let alone "very soon'
It is the law of my own voice I shall investigate.
I start like ice, my finger to my ear, my ear
to my heart, that proud cur at the garbage can
in the rain. It's wonderful to admire oneself
with complete candor, tallying up the merits of each
of the latrines. I4th Street is drunken and credulous,
53rd tries to tremble but is too at rest. The good
love a park and the inept a railway station,
and there are the divine ones who drag themselves up
and down the lengthening shadow of an Abyssinian head
in the dust, trailing their long elegant heels of hot air
crying to confuse the brave "It's a summer day,
and I want to be wanted more than anything else in the world.”
Hi <<First Name>>,

I sometimes feel that I am not fully “me." I feel I have not shown up as much as I want to as a queer person. Maybe it is because I have been lucky not to experience the violence that being queer can bring. I haven’t had to fight for who I am.

I equate my gay identity to being Asian in a white society. I spend time being part of Caucasian culture, and in one way, it makes me feel part of and keeps me from being apart from it, but in another way, I lose a part of myself. Showing up fully as a queer person feels important in this time of bigotry in the world.

I have offered movement classes in the San Francisco County Jail for the transgender population. The relationship with one’s body is essential when transitioning, especially in a culture where people say one is not okay to be who one really is.

I want to continue to offer this work to those who have been neglected, judged, or mistreated. One of the ways Syzygy Dance Project does this is by providing quality-trained facilitators who are also committed to the goal of supporting work with populations dealing with abuse, harassment, and isolation.

To this end, I will be conducting another 4-day Outreach Facilitator training in August.

This program encourages practitioners to incorporate mindful movement into their work, offering a creative way of engaging with those in need and bring joy into each other's lives. We also encourage working with the younger population since they will help shape our world.

 
If you are interested in participating in this upcoming training session,
please visit our Outreach Facilitator's training page here.

With love,
Sylvie and the SDP Team


 

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