The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Olive Blackburn’s “Communism is up there and we are down here but it is happening now”

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so we were thinking about drinking forties all day and
waiting for the rapture

the way in which communism is and is not like a
never ending recognition scene

that is not confirmed because motherfuckers have
been in the street and not in a meeting

a string of crimes
dotted like notes on a score
a confused melody
a disorderly song
a low rumbling

do you want to feel how it feels?


This selection comes from Olive Blackburn’s book Communism is up there and we are down here but it is happening now, available from Timeless, Infinite Light. Purchase your copy here!

Olive Blackburn is a dancer, writer, and communist from Northern California. She is a doctoral candidate at UCLA in dance history. She lives between Oakland and Los Angeles. http://timelessinfinitelight.com/pages/oliveblackburn

T.A. Noonan is the author of several books and chapbooks, most recently The Midway Iterations (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015), Fall (Lucky Bastard Press, 2015), and The Ep[is]odes: a reformulation of Horace (Noctuary Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in Reunion: The Dallas Review, Menacing Hedge, LIT, West Wind Review, Ninth Letter, Phoebe, and others. A weightlifter, artist, teacher, priestess, and all-around woman of action, she is the Vice President and Associate Editor of Sundress Publications.

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