America I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down spans many genres: poetry and prose, scripts and guidance for talking with elected representatives, glossaries of alt-right terminology, illustrations, and a lot more.
I pledge allegiance to the fags of the United States of America
I pledge allegiance to the queers.
I pledge allegiance to people of color, to Native peoples and to immigrants.
I pledge allegiance to women, to trans and gender non-binary people.
I pledge allegiance to Muslims. I pledge allegiance to refugees.
I pledge allegiance to the workers, the students, the unions, the teachers and the unemployed.
I pledge allegiance to the disabled, the the differently abled.
I pledge allegiance to the different.
I pledge allegiance to abortion, safe and legal and easily accessible for all.
I’m watching the nation
splinter from the West Coast
and I wonder if you’re feeling it, too,
your body sinking deeper
into your high-backed chair
way above Manhattan,
staring at the floor,
your phone ringing.
I lose sleep thinking about you.
Does the voice in your head
roar at night, keeping you awake?
What would it take to break your heart?
And if I'm being honest, I want that for you:
for regret to walk your halls,
your coffee to taste like shame,
for you to dream about Jesus
behind a news desk, nice suit and tie,
brown skin radiating, his voice
incanting your profligacy
like a letter from the republic
that hates you, that loves you,
and will never give you what you want.