matt pearce.

matt pearce.

National reporter for the Los Angeles Times; essays, journalism and poetry previously for the L.A. Review of Books, The New Inquiry, The Missouri Review, Salon, and others.

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Free to travel, he still couldn’t be shown how lucky
he was: They strip and beat and drag us about
like rattlesnakes. Home on Brattle Street, he took in the sign
on the door of the slop shop. All day at the counter–
white caps, ale-stained pea coats. compass needles,
eloquent as tuning forks, shivered, pointing north.
Evenings, the ceiling fan sputtered like a second pulse.
Oh Heaven! I am full!! I can hardly move my pen!!


On the faith of an eye-wink, pamphlets were stuffed
into trouser pockets. Pamphlets transported
in the coat linings of itinerant seamen, jackets
ringwormed with salt traded drunkenly to pursers
in the Carolinas, pamphlets ripped out, read aloud:
Men of colour, who are also of sense.
Outrage. Incredulity. Uproar in state legislatures.


We are the most wretched, degraded and abject set
of beings that ever lived since the world began.
The jewelled canaries in the lecture halls tittered,
pressed his dark hand between their gloves.
Every half-step was no step at all.
Every morning, the man on the corner strung a fresh
bunch of boots from his shoulders. “I’m happy!” he said.
“I never want to live any better or happier than
when I can get a-plenty of boots and shoes to clean!”


A second edition. A third.
The abolitionist press is perfectly appalled.
Humanity, kindness and the fear of the Lord
does not consist in protecting devils. A month–
his person (is that all?) found face-down
in the doorway at Brattle Street,
his frame slighter than friends remembered.

- Last week’s poem of the week, Rita Dove’s “David Walker (1785–1830)” (via themissourireview)

"Humanity, kindness and the fear of the Lord / does not consist in protecting devils."

sfmoma:

SubmissionFriday:
Nicholas Chistiakov - Self Portrait with the Pink Eye, 2014, acrylic on canvas

sfmoma:

SubmissionFriday:

Nicholas Chistiakov - Self Portrait with the Pink Eye, 2014, acrylic on canvas

snpsnpsnp:

Matthew Stone, “Full-Bodied Mind,” The Hole Gallery, 2014

snpsnpsnp:

Matthew Stone, “Full-Bodied Mind,” The Hole Gallery, 2014

aseaofquotes:

Donna Tartt, The Secret History 
Submitted by a-threshold.

aseaofquotes:

Donna Tartt, The Secret History 

Submitted by .

This is what my workday normally looks like.

This is what my workday normally looks like.

slaughterhouse90210:

“ I am awed by her silences and her excited speech, her darkness, her self-possession. The completeness of a child is the most fragile and powerful thing in the world. A child’s confidence is the world’s wonder.”—Teju Cole, Every Day Is for the Thief

slaughterhouse90210:

“ I am awed by her silences and her excited speech, her darkness, her self-possession. The completeness of a child is the most fragile and powerful thing in the world. A child’s confidence is the world’s wonder.”
—Teju Cole, Every Day Is for the Thief

A letter from Louis Ginsberg to his son, Allen, via Elon Green.

A letter from Louis Ginsberg to his son, Allen, via Elon Green.