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Vigilo
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Hi, I'm V. It's not my real name - not even close - but I'm Vigilo here, and I've been other V-beginning pretentious Latin usernames elsewhere on the internet for around six years now, so V works!

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Wed Jul 30, 2014, 4:53 AM

prose


The Effluent Engine by Nora K. Jemisin is just gorgeously fun - it was solicited for a lesbian steampunk anthology and is, in the author's words, "both steampunk and alternate history (with quite a bit of real history mixed in), is sort of vaguely inspired by Nina Simone’s song “Pirate Jenny”, and although it isn’t set in Haiti, I think you’ll see how Haiti comes into play". You can read the full story at the link; here's an excerpt:

It had then taken two full months for Jessaline to make inquiries and sufficient contacts to arrange a meeting with the esteemed Monsieur Norbert Rillieux. The Creoles of New Orleans were a closed and prickly bunch, most likely because they had to be; only by the rigid maintenance of caste and privilege could they hope to retain freedom in a land which loved to throw anyone darker than tan into chains. Thus more than a few of them had refused to speak to Jessaline on sight. Yet there were many who had not forgotten that there but for the grace of God went their own fortune, so from these she had been able to glean crucial information and finally an introduction by letter. As she had mentioned the right names and observed the right etiquette, Norbert Rillieux had at last invited her to afternoon tea.

That day had come, and…

And. Rillieux, Jessaline was finally forced to concede, was an idiot.


poetry


Tonight by Agha Shahid Ali, one of my favourite English ghazals. Actually, everything by this poet is worth reading - he's one of my favourite poets ever - so read more by and about him at the Poetry Foundation. Do check out the link to the poem, as well - it has annotations explaining all the references.

     PALE HANDS I LOVED BESIDE THE SHALIMAR.
                         —Laurence Hope.

Where are you now? Who lies beneath your spell tonight?
Whom else from rapture’s road will you expel tonight?

Those “Fabrics of Cashmere—” “to make Me beautiful—”
“Trinket”—to gem—“Me to adorn—How tell”—tonight?

I beg for haven: Prisons, let open your gates—
A refugee from Belief seeks a cell tonight.

God’s vintage loneliness has turned to vinegar—
All the archangels—their wings frozen—fell tonight.

Lord, cried out the idols, Don’t let us be broken;
Only we can convert the infidel tonight.

Mughal ceilings, let your mirrored convexities
multiply me at once under your spell tonight.

He’s freed some fire from ice in pity for Heaven.
He’s left open—for God—the doors of Hell tonight.

In the heart’s veined temple, all statues have been smashed.
No priest in saffron’s left to toll its knell tonight.

God, limit these punishments, there’s still Judgment Day—
I’m a mere sinner, I’m no infidel tonight.

Executioners near the woman at the window.
Damn you, Elijah, I’ll bless Jezebel tonight.

The hunt is over, and I hear the Call to Prayer
fade into that of the wounded gazelle tonight.

My rivals for your love—you’ve invited them all?
This is mere insult, this is no farewell tonight.

And I, Shahid, only am escaped to tell thee
God sobs in my arms. Call me Ishmael tonight.


  • Listening to: Chained by The xx.
  • Reading: If Not, Winter, by Sappho, trans. Anne Carson.
  • Eating: mini chocolate-chip cookies.

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comment here for you, miss.
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VFreie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Hi! This is right out of the blue, but I just thought this upcoming comics anthology might be of interest to you: teamparvelo.com/lepakkoluola/e…
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Carmalain7 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
It's been a breath of fresh air to see you around again, V. You know we missed you more than any of us - even those that are writers! - can put words to, right?

Anyways, you favorited a piece of my writing, and seeing a favorite from you always makes my day. Actually, just seeing anything from you makes my day, but don't let the diminish my appreciation stemming from the fact that you actually took the time to read a piece from me. ;p

All the :heart:s, V.
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You've been featured on my blog:la: Come check it out if you'd like. :heart:
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PS SOUND NEEDS TO BE TURNED ON.
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HtBlack Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Thank you SO much for the points! :hug:

Also random link: www.omfgdogs.com/ .
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AzizrianDaoXrak Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Darling, I was looking for that lovely poem you wrote based on Federico Garcia Lorca's poem about green. Can you point me in the right direction? Or possibly remind me what the form is called? I'm thinking of writing something like it :)
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Thank you, love. :coffeecup:
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Paridhi, was it your birthday yesterday or today? Or earlier? Anyway, I wanted to congretulate you with your birthday! :hug:
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I hope you had a beautiful birthday, sweetheart! :heart:
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Happy Birthday!!! :party::cake::happybounce: … I hope you’re having a beautiful day!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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Happy super awesome fellow september virgo birthday!! :party: :heart:
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!:cake:! happy b-day!
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Happy birthday from me too - hope you had a great day! :hug:
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy birthday! :party:
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happy birthday, dear heart :huggle:
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Happy birthday! :iconcakeplz:
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I hope you have a lovely day! :heart:
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027 - snuggles :cuddle: :lovey: :emotelove: :joinedatthehip: revamp Snugg
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WetKakashi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I missed you! T_T

Life had been cruel to me, thus my ridiculously long absence from dA.
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dragoon811 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the favorite on The Stakeout - Revamped; I really appreciate it!! :)
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Thanks for collecting one of my works. I really appreciate it.
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