Unlikely 2.0

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Editors' Notes

Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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Allow me to introduce myself

I am an amateur philosopher & professional vixen

Weaving webs of fairytales for those that will listen.

Perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself

After all, you don't know me from Eve.

Allow me to introduce myself to you.

I am from where right is wrong & wrong is right.

I am from Negro spirituals being sung as sharecroppers till their soil.

I am from "bitch you talk like a white girl."

I am from a time & space where there is no time & space

4th dimension, over the moon, through the stars

& all them rings on Saturn mean that God really must've liked it

& if you find that joke corny, that's okay because sometimes my humor falls a little short

& this wine that I'm drinking has me thinking things that I won't even remember in the mornin'.

But behind my armor of drunk chatter & a pretty smile I am truly a CATWOMAN at heart.

I like the color black, I land on my feet, shiny objects amuse me, & if I could lick myself...

I would because it would save me a whole lot of unnecessary bullshit.

Untamable by nature & defiant by design

I see well at night & yes, I have left claw marks on a few backs but truthfully...

Being a CATWOMAN means that I will follow my own desires.

So, if I wanna roar, I'll ROAR!

I'll sing songs about Jesus & songs about sinning

Drink beer in the daytime, eat an entire pie, & then do a workout tape


& as my own P.R. manager I can assure that I won't stop until this revolution is televised.

A revolution of brown skin & thick thighs

Of hard work during hard times

Of making love during rainstorms

& walking barefoot in your own backyard

Keeping a flask in your garter belt & crying less frequently

But at the end of the day...

I'm just a dreamer who was awake at 1:58am

That allowed my pen to speak for me.

Kristina Marshall is a senior at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette graduating in December with a concentration in Arts & Humanities. Kristina is a television and radio personality who is a published poet and actress in southern Louisiana. As a production assistant at Cité des Arts, she started a night of spoken word and open mic poetry titled "Words & Words" which is held monthly in Lafayette, Louisiana. Kristina now works as a radio sports announcer for KPEL-FM. Her recent stage credits include: The Vagina Monologues, For Colored Girls Who've Considered Suicide: When the Rainbow is Enuf, Trickster at the Gate, Bat Boy, The Birthday Dinner: A Play by Brian Egland, and Insurrection: Holding History.