Bent Zine #16
Interview by Nasty
“Every good-bye doesn’t mean that I’ve gone, And every closed eye doesn’t mean that I’m sleep.”
—From Shuckin’ and Jivin’: Folklore From Contemporary Black Americans
Johnson O’Connor English Vocabulary Builder (1939)
Unknown to 73 Percent: Propitiate
v. To appease, conciliate, mollify, placate, gain the favor of. Comes from the Latin propitius, favorable, a word which was applied almost exclusively to the attitude of a deity.
880 Stories by Christopher Kang (2016)
He leaps into the void. He dies while falling.
An Image that Moves Me
A Chair in Holding
How will I mold my death?
Carving out of infinitude
the boldest limit.
A vision waits in my eyes
I know what it means to be a chair.
I inherit its relation to the body
Am I all those things,
over and under it?
To think a wondrous irony,
that when Obama dies this country will be
obligated to mourn.
Tilts its wind whipped mast
for a man made of nothing
Hay wheel and match sticked together
in his little nigger heaven, with
tarry tart angels too chubby to sit
I know what it means to wait,
sliding over the bones of a thing
Murmuring, in a room, with one sharp
streak of shadow licking up my leg
“Goddess bless this shadow
Goddess thrust your resting head against me
Goddess, goddess, goddess.”
Bent Questions: Nasty (@karlosmarx)
Oakland-based founder of creative studio Lonely Homies
So tell me how BENT you are…
Virus or Bacteria? Virus!
Preferred Pronoun? Bruh bruh
What Periodic Table Element are you? I would like to think I’m something like oxygen, something that circles around us at all times and provides the world with life but what am I really though? Probably hydrogen.
Favorite Object? My heart or my brain, I can’t decide! On second thought, Probably my heart!
What shape are you? I am a star in the cosmos
Give us a texture. Pavement
Anarchist, Socialist, Capitalist, Libertarian, etc. Anarchist - Syndicalist
Favorite person of Color that you disagree with? My landlord
What sound are you? I’m a million alarms all being set off at the same time
Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, or a Broken Copper Pot? Not gona lie I do find Koons work magical, I’m a sucker for giant pieces.
What’s the last thing you broke? I thought about this pretty hard and to be honest I can’t really remember the last thing I broke! But I don’t wana put out that energy like I never broke nothing because I’m usually constantly breaking something!
Last person you kissed? My bb grl
Best thing about men’s right activists? Man ion know them folks lmao
Do you meditate? No not really but there are times where I will turn everything off and be in my room in complete silence it low key makes me feel like a psychopath. 10/10 would recommend
Are you a Neutron Star, White Hole, or Solar Flare? I think a white hole really encompasses the feeling of exerting energy, light and information while at the same time not letting anything in but to my understanding the debate in the scientific community is that those don’t actually exist?
Which fetish are you? Klismaphilia, EDERACINISM, Fornifilia, OCULOLINCTUS: Oh I’m probably for sure the klismaphilia but only when it’s booze if it’s anything else I’m ederacinism
Your opinion on Lesbian Separatist. I think our struggles intersect and would love to build with them
Favorite Mythological Character? When I was a kid my babysitter told me that if I walked around a fence I wasn’t suppose to go around there would be little elf like creatures behind there and they would chop up my finger into medallion shapped cuts. Big fan of those little guys
What type of Cancer are you? Cancer Moon
Matriarchal Punishment or Patriarchal Redemption? Patriarchal redemption
Who do you actually hate? I mean it’s people out there that I do not like but to give them the luxury of living rent free in my head? Nah it’s too nice here for that kinda energy
Best regrettable purchase this month? I bought some jeans online and I ordered the wrong length size, I always do that! *facepalm emoji*
Finish this sentence. I know Kim Kardashian…I don’t know a goddamn thing about that women I mind my business
Your favorite body of water. Yuba River! If you’ve been with me you know I got My little cutty spots I like to kick it at!
What’s the most middle class thing you’ve done this week? Ate bbq chips for breakfast
I’m only politically correct when…I’m talking to white folk
What’s your favorite scar on your body? On my index finger where in the 5th grade I had stabbed myself with a pencil, pretty traumatizing day now that I think about it!
Last time you cried tears of joy. Watching a youth juvenile records facility being burnt to the ground
Your most noble trait. I’ve been told I’m a protector of sorts
I know the taste of...Hot chilès in the desert sun, the way the spices melt onto your tounge, spreading like water colors over a paper pallet.
BEND DON’T BREAK.