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Judy Grahn

  • From my mother, a rock, / I have learned that rocks give / most of all.

    • Judy Grahn,
    • "The land that I grew up on is a rock," The Queen of Wands ()
  • The walls of the closet are guarded by the dogs of terror, and the inside of the closet is a house of mirrors.

  • What you will do matters. All you need is to do it.

  • ... within any society men and women develop differently and have, each, a subculture of their own that is overbalanced in the importance it places on particular jobs, attitudes, amount of aggressiveness, roles it plays, amounts of expressed physicality and tenderness, and that has different understandings of children, of the universe, of the sciences or different access to parts of the economy, the healing arts, transportation services, and on on. One of the major homosexual/shamanic functions in any society is to cross over between these two essentially different worlds and reveal them to each other.

  • Gay culture is far from 'marginal,' being rather 'intersectional,' the conduits between unlike beings.

  • We cannot live in the past, nor can we re-create it. Yet as we unravel the past, the future also unfolds before us, as though they are mirrors without which neither can be seen or happen.

  • The tribal attitude said, and continues to say, that Gay people are especially empowered because we are able to identify with both sexes and can see into more than one world at once, having the capacity to see from more than one point of view at a time. And that is also an Indian way of seeing.

  • We lavender folk spray up, spontaneously flowering in the color we had learned as an identifying mark of our culture when it was subterranean and secret.

  • Everyone wants Love to follow them / down their road; / where is it that Love wants to go?

  • I'm doing well, especially since / I moved away from here.

  • Those who believe they are ugly / objectify the rest of us.

  • Menstrual blood is the only source of blood that is not traumatically induced. Yet in modern society, this is the most hidden blood, the one so rarely spoken of and almost never seen, except privately by women ...

Judy Grahn, U.S. poet, writer

(1940)

Full name: Judy Rae Grahn.