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These are poems I wrote in 2019 using William S. Burroughs’ cut-up method. You take a sheet or two of text, cut it up, and then rearrange the pieces to create new text. There was so much chaos in the world at the time that the only way I could express it was through chaotic art.

1.

“Surely things will change after this,”

I heard someone say

In the midst of Trump’s

Presidential scandals

Misplaced children and

Two mass shootings within a day

Then the outrage fatigue kicked in.

Things, in fact,

Burned down in

No way of knowing

The…


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CW: Abuse, Bullying, and Anger Issues

Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com.

Marilyn Manson is the latest childhood hero revealed to be a monster. There has been speculation on Twitter since 2018 when ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood testified before Congress about being in an abusive relationship with an unnamed man when she was 18-the age she began dating Manson-but she finally confirmed it was him last Monday. …


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Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com under the title of “Lost in Translation”

President Joe Biden is already proving to be a better friend to the LGBTQ community than his predecessor. During his first week in office, Biden issued an executive order extending federal LGBTQ protections, reversed Trump’s trans military ban, and included gender-neutral pronouns and honorifics on the White House’s contact page.

With these victories came the inevitable backlash. Abigail Shrier, author of the controversial book Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, denounced Biden’s executive order on Twitter, claiming that it “unilaterally eviscerates women’s sports.” Other self-described “gender critical”…


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A heavily edited version of this is on Splice Today, but I don’t like how they edited it, so I’m posting the full version here.

Meghan Daum recently announced her retirement from writing think pieces because, as she puts it, “after a quarter century of thinking on the page, I often literally don’t know what to think anymore.” The line between fact and opinion has blurred so much that it’s hard to know what the truth is anymore, according to Daum; everyone would rather have their preconceived notions confirmed. …


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Half of this list previously appeared in an old Splice Today article.

Let’s be honest: most Christmas music sucks. Either the songs are overplayed (do we really need another cover of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”?), overproduced (Gwen Stefani’s cover of “White Christmas,” I’m looking at you), or just plain bad (“The Christmas Shoes”). Yet even within the great garbage heap that is Christmas music, there are still a few good songs. These are the songs that actually psyche us up about Christmas. Here are my top 20 picks.

20). “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney

I know a lot of…


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Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com on December 24, 2020.

Earlier this month, Caitlin Flanagan of The Atlantic took a break from bashing feminism to bash the animated Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. She argues that the cartoon is too disturbing for kids to watch: Rudolph’s father is ashamed of him, Hermey faces workplace harassment, and the Abominable Snowman knocks Rudolph out with a stalactite in one scene. If this is Flanagan’s attempt to satirize “Woke” culture by pointing out how “problematic” Rudolph is, she should leave satire to the professionals. …


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CW: Alcoholism, self-harm, suicidal thoughts

Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com.

Red lines on my arm drip onto the gray bathroom floor. I quickly improvise a makeshift gauze out of cheap, thin toilet paper. Another day, another meltdown at work. Too much noise, too many tasks, and not enough resources to do the work. It’s no wonder Brenda Ann Spencer didn’t like Mondays. A co-worker swaddles my arm in cloth. “Please text me when you get home,” she says. I promise her, but first a quick visit to the Medicine Man.

He always has the cure: rows of his special elixirs neatly…


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Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com.

Working at a grocery store during Thanksgiving week is like working in retail on Black Friday, except that it lasts from Sunday to Wednesday. No matter how many stockers and cashiers are there, it’s never enough to satisfy customer demands. As a “Quality Assurance Assistant” (QA for short), it’s my job to both be the janitor and stock milk, eggs, and water simultaneously. I’m mostly able to balance both roles, but some days, when no one’s working in dairy and the milk section is bare, I spend the entire time stocking and restocking milk, frequently interrupted…


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Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com. They took out the last sentence, but I’m adding it here.

The 2016 presidential election ended my certainty about everything. There was no way that Donald Trump would be elected president, not with the blatant lies, racism, and sexism displayed during his campaign. Hillary Clinton had baggage, but America had to be smart enough to do the right thing. Reality punched me in the stomach the night of November 8th when all the key states turned red. Eight years of progress made under the Obama administration were suddenly gone, even before Trump’s inauguration. …


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Originally published at https://www.splicetoday.com.

CW: Creepy behavior and TERFs

Melissa Febos did a TED Talk years ago about the liberating power of confessing secrets. She tells her creative nonfiction students to look at themselves not as how they want to be seen, “but to look until all of that superficial layer falls away and we can actually see something.” Febos used her first book Whip Smart -a memoir about her years working as a professional dominatrix while struggling with heroin addiction-as an example. At first, she was afraid of how others would react, but the book brought Febos closer to…

Tris Mamone

LGBTQ News Columnist and Journalist. They/them. Bylines: Splice Today, Rewire, Swell, HuffPost, INTO, etc. trismamone@gmail.com

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