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20 April, 2019: from Diary of a Feminist Thug


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by Lyz Bly


Daily. I clean up the messes of white men.

Still. (In 1986, I’m quoted in print: “I fight this every day!” JC and I laugh about my adamancy, but in humor is truth.)



And, still…

            I waken sleeping people, [cis] women, men.

            And they hate me.

            “Angry. Feminist. Bitch.”

Lighting-rod exhausted.


Hi Dr. Bly –

I have lots of things to share!

…I was in the hospital on Saturday because I accidentally fell on broken beer bottles and needed to get staples in my leg (i’m a degenerate, i know). At one point after they left me alone on this cot for over an hour and I began to shiver intensely, I asked one of the male nurses for a blanket or some water, to which he responded, “Maybe you should wear more clothing next time you go out.”

ISN’T THAT DISGUSTING???? IM GOING TO MURDER THE PATRIARCHY if it’s the last thing i do in this lifetime.

miss you. see you over break when I come back to [visit].

love you!!

“XXVII and XXIX” by Lyz Bly, from Diary of a Feminist Thug, Volume I: His[tories] of Her Land. Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016. Used by permission of the author.
Lyz Bly writes zines, poetry and memoirs that connect her identity (as a Gen X woman navigating the late 20th and early 21st centuries) to the politics and postmodern ethos of the post-World War II era. Dr. Bly earned a doctorate in American history – focusing on gender, race, class and pop culture – from Case Western Reserve University. Her monograph forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press “Recent History” series is titled Angst and Anger: Gender, Race, and Generation X. Her book, Diary of a Feminist Thug, Volume 1: His[tories] of Her Land, is available digitally at Crisis Chronicles Press. Dr. Bly lives in Cleveland Heights.


Write a poem using as many words within the word “immigrant” as you can find, such as in, grant, rant, grin, imam, I’m, aim, trim, migrant, train and tram.

I grant
I'm a man
I rant, I gain
Train in rain
4/20/2019 10:50:58 PM

READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.