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| Delayed glitch loop of the interview dance, double presence. |

Hearing your voice again brings everything back. Not that that, everything, no longer exists. It is ovunque, everywhere. It is a memory-virus, living in its un-living way, buried inside of “we,” awaiting only the factors that will enable it to come again. Solo per godere. A zombie cowgirl riding cells, tickling cilia, in the fold.

Hearing your voice shakes me out of the depression. Reanimates the (collective) trauma that was the loss of our home. Seethes out from under the misapplied anti-biotic administered by an undead technocrat: Dr. Mayor. In my dream, he is dragged out onto the street in the morning darkness. The researcher looks back. The scientist isolates an organism in a laboratory. We are a laboratory too, but ours is not a space of isolation, we perform our operation without a mask. It is the un-masc-ing. We are not wrested from the conditions of worldly lives to be understood as models for genere. What happens outside of those walls, beyond our bodies, therein the aberration. We call to them. “We are the suspended solution. We in/form-d ourselves there. We are that self-organizing reality. We are the refusal of that brutality. We are the affirmation of what we know to be true without yet having (or ever needing, finding) the language of proof +”

And so, as ever, a slogan: Frocia chi ascolta.

In fact, we need to think about sex and gender in a more ecological kind of framework, understanding that changes in one environment inevitable impact changes in other environments. Gender here might be thought of more as a climate or ecosystem and less as an identity or discrete bodily location. And so when we see sex/gender events like the pregnant man, like heteroflexibility, like metrosexuality, like gender fluidity, we are witnessing the aftershocks of the massive shifts that the emergence of transgenderism announced, presaged, and caused. Future shocks are on the horizon, and instead of trying to prevent more damage, we should be hoping that one particularly powerful tremor might bring the whole crumbling edifice of normative sex and gender crumbling down.

–– J. Jack Halberstam, Gaga Feminism: Gender, Sex, and the end of Normal, Beacon Press (2012, 81–82)

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Scariolanti al lavoro sul greto del fiume ‎Secchia. Source: http://www.antiwarsongs.org/canzone.php?lang=en&id=42555

A mezzanotte in punto
si sente un grande rumor
sono gli scariolanti lerì lerà
che vengono al lavor.‎

Volta, rivolta
e torna a rivoltar.‎
noi siam gli scariolanti lerì lerà
che vanno a lavorar.‎

A mezzanotte in punto
si sente una tromba suonar
sono gli scariolanti lerì lerà
che vanno a lavorar.‎

Volta, rivolta
e torna a rivoltar.‎
noi siam gli scariolanti lerì lerà
che vanno a lavorar.‎

Gli scariolanti belli
son tutti ingannator
vanno a ingannar la bionda lerì lerà
per un bacin d’amor.‎

Volta, rivolta
e torna a rivoltar.‎
noi siam gli scariolanti lerì lerà
che vanno a lavorar.‎

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Right now I am working not only on my dissertation proposal, but also on an editorial for the forthcoming volume of Undercurrents, which celebrates the 20 year journey from Queer/Nature (Vol. 6) to Queer Ecologies (Vol. 19, forthcoming). The triptych above is from my first notebook on queer ecologies. These are the first few pages of notes from Prof. Cate Sandilands’s 2008 lecture at Yale on queer ecologies. I remember a very cozy and engaged atmosphere in the wood-paneled room at the School of Forestry. Six years later, I am trying to retrace my own steps through the literatures and investigations that comprise queer ecologies. I am asking: What can it do? For whom? Who is here? Who is not? Am I a queer ecologist? What are the boundaries? What counts as knowledge? What can speak? What other modes of engagement besides speaking? Why urban? How did we get here? Where are we going? Who are we now?

When I was first visiting York University to decide if I would accept my offer of a place for PhD study (a little more than two years ago!) I had the privilege of seeing Eco Homo? Queering Bodies, Queering Sustainability, an incredible “textual choreographic conversation dance” between Cate Sandilands, now my advisor, and Michael Morris, now a dear friend and fellow traveler. I am delighted to know there is an HD recording of the piece and that it’s on Vimeo!

Michael’s two blogs (Michael J. Morris and ecosexuality: reorientations/reterritorializations) are linked in the Blogroll and are well worth your time.

[reblog] Eco Homo? Queering Bodies, Queering Sustainability | ecosexuality: reorientations/reterritorializations.

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