Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger by Kelly J. Cogswell

By Kelly J. Cogswell

Whilst Kelly Cogswell plunged into New York's East Village in 1992, she had simply pop out. An ex–Southern Baptist born in Kentucky, she used to be camping out in an street B loft, scribbling poems, and taking part in in an underground band, attempting to determine her subsequent stream. a few months later she used to be fed on by way of the Lesbian Avengers, instigating direct motion campaigns, fighting police officers on 5th street, mobilizing 20,000 dykes for a march on Washington, D.C., and consuming fire—literally—in entrance of the White House.

At as soon as streetwise and wistful, consuming hearth is a witty and pressing coming-of-age memoir spanning 20 years, from the tradition warfare of the early Nineteen Nineties to the warfare on Terror. Cogswell's tale is a fascinating combination of picaresque experience, how-to activist instruction manual, and rigorous inquiry into questions of identification, resistance, and citizenship. it's also a compelling, own recollection of friendships and fallings-out and of discovering real love—several instances over. After the Lesbian Avengers imploded, Cogswell describes how she turned a pioneering citizen journalist, cofounding the Gully on-line journal with the groundbreaking target of supplying "queer perspectives on everything."

The first in-depth account of the influential Lesbian Avengers, consuming fireplace finds the group's courting to the queer artwork and activist scene in early '90s ny and establishes the media-savvy Avengers as a tremendous precursor to teams corresponding to Occupy Wall road and l. a. Barbe, in France. a unprecedented insider's examine the method and perils of road activism, Kelly Cogswell's memoir is an uncompromising and finally empowering tale of artistic resistance opposed to hatred and injustice.

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E at i ng f i r e It was chilly and dark at Father Demo Square. The streetlights barely shone. ” as we reclaimed the Village, making it safe. Suddenly, the marchers were around us, a nervous, angry crowd with signs, “No on Nine” (the antigay Oregon measure), “Bigots Go Home,” and “Justice for Marsha,” a murdered black drag queen and transactivist the cops were ignoring. Lysander climbed up on a plastic milk crate in front of our homemade shrine, and we formed lines off to her right and left.

Writing poems that were all intuition and rhythm and feelings deeply, but quickly, plumbed. Making these mute gestures in front of 2x4s. Still grappling with being a lesbian, no matter how it seemed. Half the reason I’d volunteered to facilitate meetings was that I’d have to use the word. ” It was a mouthful, but it meant I had to say the word, lesbian, lesbian, lesbian. And it came down to me, trying to articulate the Lesbian Dream? Good luck with that. Somebody turned up the radio. C. traffic.

Melanie finally crushed them with her big Doc Martens boots. But in the big cathedral, the vials barely had the impact of a fart. We slapped a sticker on the back of a pew and left. Another Avenger cell had more impact in their attack on the rancid Jack Hale. He was a lawyer for the archdiocese of New York, and they loaned him out to whatever bigot needed him next. Like the antigay granny Mary Cummins. Or the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which was responsible for banning ILGO from the upcoming St.

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