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Five Star Friday's 246th Edition Is Brought to You By Samuel Beckett

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by friendship's strength through grief, ableism in the feminist debate for abortion rights, a sexy poet, meaning and repetition, being feminist and black, drinking with an old friend in the south, the ongoing effects of Canada's residential schools on younger generations, nitpicking over real engagement with a given topic online, sexual intimacy after rape, a drug-addicted mother, and

Samuel Beckett

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photo credit: Roger Pic

To find a form that accommodates the mess,
that is the task of the artist now.
— Samuel Beckett

Happy Friday!

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Take Her Home

" by

Melina Coogan

at

The Wilder Coast

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After Stephen drowned, I had reoccurring nightmares. In one, Will and I were on the banks of the Payette and he was preventing me from going towards the body in the river, saying — It's not going to look like him. And in another, I was pulling Stephen out of an eddy, dragging his body onto my lap and saying — it's going to be okay, you're not alone.
In the back seat of the car I'd pulled Jeneen onto my lap, gripping her thin shoulder, and said — It's going to be okay, you're not alone.

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Pro Choice Should NOT Mean Ableist

" by

Elsa E. Sjunneson-Henry

at

Feminist Sonar

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I am a disabled woman.
I am pro choice.
But every time someone on MY side opens their mouths and tells stories about people aborting their disabled fetuses in order to show why we NEED abortion, I feel sick. I feel betrayed. I feel like my life isn’t worth considering.

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Pablo Neruda

" by Shay at

Shay's Word Garden

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When we got close to Dallas, we stopped in Waxahachie.
Ginny was asleep in the back, and Neruda stayed with her,
his arm around her like a mesquite branch across the early sun.

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View Source: Trapped in The Loop

" by

Rex Sorgatz

at

Tribeca

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The Loop manifests our collective neuroses about digital reproduction. Our twin obsessions with authenticity and memory are soothed by The Loop. Repetition subdues our fears of assimilating our identity to the machine.

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An Introduction/A Recent Epiphany

" by Tara at

The F-Word

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The only other time I'm in a room with other black women is when I'm with my family. Brilliant, funny, inspirational women who I've taken a lot from, but not feminists. When I'm with them, I'm a black woman, and my queer, femme, feminist identity is stuffed inside my messenger bag.

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Probably It's Nothing Fancy

" by

Amy Butcher

at

Tin House

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We are not in love but still we go for a long drive anyway, because this is the south, he says astutely, and I really oughta see it. We buy homemade jerky from a man in overalls and he lets me control the radio, which is all I ever want to do. I put on the types of songs you hear on Apple commercials and he bounces his head and pretends to like them.

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Circle of Life

" by

Lisa Charleyboy

at

Urban Native Girl

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That's when I realized how much that residential school residue has affected my life. It affects every single second that I exist. It's not this vague concept of something that happened so long ago and something that should just be forgotten or buried, it is something that sits with me every single day. It is the loss of a father, the grieving that is left unfinished and always sits just barely below the surface. It is the constant longing for a part of me that I never quite got the chance to know and the continuous quest to know more, and learn more.

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The Internet Has Become a Game of "Gotcha"

" by

Eliyahu Fink

at

Medium

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Playing Gotcha means that one no longer has to think about the substance of the article. Instead we focus on petty side points in order to avoid the real conversation.

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12 Things No One Told Me About Sex After Rape

" by CJ Hales at

Thought Catalog

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You're going to have good days and bad days. You're going to have good sex and bad sex. But you're still alive, and I just thought maybe someone should tell you.

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End of the Day Reflections On My Mother… And Being a Mother

" by

Dr. Isis

at

Isis the Scientist

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While these memories have always been there, burrowing into me and influencing what I do, I've operated mostly by boxing them away and forgetting they were there. Having them be so liberated this year has left me raw and probably feeling more vulnerable usual. Each jolting, violent resurfacing is as shocking as a face full of ice water. You think you can prepare yourself for it, but it still catches you off guard and makes you struggle to catch your breath.

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