quotes Elisquared likes

"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."— John Green


Let's Have Some Girl Power!

Continuing the trend of Female Poets this week, I want to highlight one of the most inspirational, female empowered, young adult authors that I've read: Francesca Lia Block!  There are many many amazing female authors out there who exude women power, but Block, I think, does it best.
Francesca Lia Block is the author of 32 books, a mix of verse and prose.  She often mixes styles, and is known for her imagery and the use of magical realism.  Block's most popular books to date are the Dangerous Angels series, which includes Weetzie Bat, Witch BabyCherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, Baby Be-Bop, Necklace of Kisses, and Pink Smog.  She has also won the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Phoenix Award.  Check out her website to learn more!
This is one of my favorite poems from her collection, How to (Un)Cage a Girl.  Below is also a video of Block reading from the collection.   I hope you enjoy!

l.a. bacchantes

yxta and francesca decided to start a clique
for frail but surprisingly strong fairies who had lost
      their way above ground 
for burned mermaids and sock vampire girls
for wild wolfish women with sharp teeth and leaves
      in their hair
for women who had been raped
and women who had never been touched
for women who had been devoured limbs eaten
and women who had sucked the blood
      of their passive mates
for ladies who had at one time or another considered
      themselves hideous monsters
and who had at other times blinded their lovers
      with goddess glory
for smart hungry sad creatures who disguised
      themselves as women
and wept in secret because they did not look
      like supermodels
for loud lascivious funny femme fatales
who wanted to eat flowers and whipped cream
and dance on the tables
smash things and wear pieces of the chandelier
      for jewelry
fack satyrs and lick dark chocolate off'
      each other's bodies
be worshipped online and flirted with
      at parties and glimpsed 
in the pages of vanity fair in an article entitled
      "l.a. bacchantes"
but mostly just needed each other

yxta and francesca had always desired world peace
      and profound romance
but this clique wish seemed somewhat selfish maybe
      superficial and greedy
they did not yet know how significant it was
no different really from the peace and love
      they had been born wanting
and perhaps would change not only themselves but
the world 

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