My Punk Heart

Heaven Could Be Ours, Omar.

Billy Keefe

Siblings are the secret ingredient to a full life. Take my sister, Julia. She sheds penthouse Manhattan for our crumbling Brooklyn brownstone every third or fourth Sunday and treats me and my broke partner to brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks, dessert, or some combination there of. She sings to our cock-eyed, ...

Game Face

Billy Keefe

There are different kinds of memories. This one is visual, no, spacial. If I could share the physical sensation with you of my mind remembering that large sun hat, and her dress, and the way she had sat in the front row with a complete disregard for what sitting in ...

The Unbearable Lightness of Peeing

Billy Keefe

I went to the bathroom by myself today. It was in a bookstore in Brooklyn. The store was crowded. There was a line. I had to pee. I had locked myself out of the apartment earlier and drank a coffee in the front window of a Bodega hoping one of ...

The Sight of Bridges and Balloons

Billy Keefe

"Oh, my love, oh it was a funny little thing . . . to be the ones to have seen." (Joanna Newsom from Bridges and Balloons)The Afrikaner called my mother from her final safari. "I am standing face to face with a great and wild lion. The others won't understand, ...

THURSDAY: Project Resistance Meeting

Billy Keefe

Project Resistance prevention â awareness â education Emergency Community Meeting to respond to recent violent attacks on members of the queer community[7 p.m., Thursday, August 7th in the Lawrence Public Library Gallery][1] (smaller meeting room across from DVD collection) 707 Vermont StreetDue to recent violent attacks on members of the ...

Tieland

Billy Keefe

For the past three weeks I taught a documentary film making institute for 14 young media activists. Yesterday was our last day of meeting as a big group. The focus of the documentary we shot was teen homelessness in New York City. The students ranged in age from 14 to ...

Ecstatic Bouyancy

Billy Keefe

I heard this song today and I couldn't work anymore. I just sat at my computer all day enjoying it too much to think about other things. Diane Cluck - 1/2 a Million Miles from HomeI was imagining myself as the man and the singer at the same time. It ...

What's Going on in the Kitchen?

Billy Keefe

There were helicopters all over Brooklyn yesterday afternoon. Thousands of people marched to protest the rulings handed down in the Sean Bell case. In class, my students laid it out in twenty minutes. Americans have rights. But 'Americans' are white, speak English, wear suits, are straight and have college degrees. ...

Latent Runner

Billy Keefe

Start and stop. My father died this month, April.I have tried to write down what has happened since, and failed. So I thought I would start writing again with something simple and off task.¢ ¢ ¢ I loved track, but hated track practice. I was a thrower and every practice ...

A Dream Revisited

Billy Keefe

I first read A Dream Deferred in 7th grade. I know because my English teacher was Miss Harding. She was the type of woman who knew her gas station clerk by first name. She was an unnatural blond with a serious caffeine addiction, I am sure the clerks knew her ...

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