I. Two poets fall in love, and that’s when it gets ugly.

II. We go to dinner. You order the wine, red and burning, and it goes down like blood. We start with Shakespeare, move to Plath. You use alliteration to tell me that I’m ripping out your lungs with my metaphors, and I counteract with a hyperbole, say you’ve clogged my arteries with your similes. Don’t touch me with your dictionary, I want to say. Touch me with your hands.

III. The appetizers arrive. Bread as soft and brown as the flesh of your neck. Move to Emerson. Ask about God. Was Jesus this soft and brown? My Bible never told me about the strength in your apricot arms, your chestnut knuckles, this most divine truth resting under your skin. Move to Whitman. I envy the grass that licks your neck when you tumble down hills and watch the clouds. Touch me with your hands.

IV. The main course is a fawn’s heart seasoned with autumns and breaking. I eat more than you do. Move to Rilke. Write letters. When I tell you about the words, you say that you will die for ink and paper: I want you to break my neck. Move to Allen. Kiss the sunlight. Ask to live. Touch me with your hands.

V. Dessert is your mouth at three a.m., pulled over to the side of an empty, dark highway. Tell me you love me and it goes down like blood. Kiss my hip and it feels like dying. Don’t touch me with your dictionary. Touch me with your hands.

Two Poets Fall In Love, And That’s When It Gets Ugly | d.a.s (via and-nothinghurt)





I’ve been thinking a lot about Sam and that diner scene. Specifically, that “oh hell no” moment where he asks Mercedes’ friends whether their hair is real and reaches out to touch it.

I laughed at it. I thought the whole scene was well-executed, from Sam’s obliviousness to Mercedes’ distress to…

From what I’m reading in the Glee fandom, this went over a lot of people’s head. Some people seems to not have understood the problem with Sam’s behavior in that scene, instead, they saw it as an example of Mercedes not accepting who Sam really is. They saw Sam as the blameless, harmless, innocent victim of people who are racist and a girlfriend that doesn’t accept him.

I can’t really blame them because the writing was so simple in regard to this issue, that it didn’t really show why what Sam did was wrong and Mercedes not really addressing it reinforce their believe that Sam did nothing wrong. 

But I have to say that I kind of do blame those viewers if that’s the reaction they had to the scene.  I mean, I can definitely see people not understanding why Sam was wrong specifically in this specific case if it’s not a problem they’ve ever heard of before, which is absolutely possible, and you’re right that the episode doesn’t elaborate much more on the issue other than having Mercedes’ friends be irritated at Sam.  But it’s the responsibility of the individual to be able to recognize racist actions whether a TV show blatantly spells it out for them in cliff’s notes or not, and the fact that they might go as far as to interpret Sam as the white victim of…black…racism?…says more about them than it does about Glee.  I mean the episode wasn’t clear about that stuff but you had to have had some iffy personal preconceptions to come away with that.

And like, even that’s kind of besides the point because, well, on some level Glee can even be as problematic or outright bigoted about an issue as it can possibly be (and I’m not saying it went anywhere as far as that in this instance, just laying out a hypothetical) and if the viewers we’re referring to actually agree with that bigoted depiction, well, they still have to take responsibility for that.  We fans are not mindless drones whose only interaction with the world and its issues revolve around what a 1-hour TV episode shows us once a week.  Or at least, we shouldn’t be.  We can’t be.

So at the end of the day, I can only judge Glee on what Glee does and not how its fans watch Glee.  Because I’m sure all of us here have seen a lot of viewers give some super iffy reactions to Glee’s treatment of its issues, whether Glee depicts those things a little right or a little wrong or even a lot right or a lot wrong.  Glee’s audience is simply too diverse to use as that standard.


I was totally wondering the same thing— why I hadn’t seen any feminists or humanists, or, you know, humans who care about other humans’ feelings, ranting and raving. I figured everyone was still nursing their Klaine-overs.

When I saw the scene, I pretty much only laughed at the hair part. I thought it would only be that, but it just got worse. However, after I thought about it for a while, not all of the blame can be placed on Sam, imo, for a few reasons:

1. One of his main character traits is the “hot but stupid” stereotype. It’s unfortunate, but that’s where the writers stuck him.

2. He may actually think what he was saying was okay. Some people think that. Mercedes nor her friends corrected him; I’m not saying that means he’s in the clear. It’s just another idea. 

3. He straight up told Mercedes he runs his mouth when he’s nervous. (oh, side note, hasn’t Blaine been Sam’s political-correct-er person all year?)

With that said, I’m definitely not saying that what he was saying was okay, funny, or even should have been done. I think that it was completely mishandled after the fact.

The entire focus was on what Mercedes and Sam looked like together, and that just adds fuel to the flames of the diner scene. When he acted the way he did, it was all about race; there were no talks about why it was wrong, not really. The fact that there was a massive focus on color and difference, and only throw away comments like “it doesn’t matter,” makes it a big problem for viewers who don’t see any problem, because it just normalizes that kind of behavior.

I agree that viewers should assert their autonomy (yea! autonomy! dig it!) and take ownership of their opinions. However, the way Glee promotes itself and all that jazz, is a show that takes on issues (and it has, it just often doesn’t follow through in the best way), so if it’s going to do that, they need to at least have a 3 sentence explanation why-this-is-wrong. Fuck, they could honestly probably cover it in 5 minutes if they just talked about stereotyping and prejudging, but it would ruin half of their characters. I still love the show, lol.

I’m not trying to harp on the writers, fans or anyone— but while watching Glee, sometimes it’s better to be… cautiously optimistic about how they’re going to approach stigmatized subjects. 

Watch Darren Criss Hilariously Quiz Lea Michele and Chris Colfer’s Broadway Knowledge!

1. You came to me this morning
And you handled me like meat.
You´d have to live alone to know
How good that feels, how sweet.
My mirror twin, my next of kin,
I´d know you in my sleep.
And who but you would take me in
A thousand kisses deep?

2. I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat.
I´m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet,
Who loved you with his frozen love
His second-hand physique -
With all he is, and all he was
A thousand kisses deep.

3. All soaked in sex, and pressed against
The limits of the sea:
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me.
We made it to the forward deck
I blessed our remnant fleet -
And then consented to be wrecked
A thousand kisses deep.

4. I know you had to lie to me,
I know you had to cheat.
But the Means no longer guarantee
The Virtue in Deceit.
That truth is bent, that beauty spent,
That style is obsolete -
Ever since the Holy Spirit went
A thousand kisses deep.

5. (So what about this Inner Light
That´s boundless and unique?
I´m slouching through another night
A thousand kisses deep.)

6. I´m turning tricks; I´m getting fixed,
I´m back on Boogie Street.
I tried to quit the business -
Hey, I´m lazy and I´m weak.
But sometimes when the night is slow,
The wretched and the meek,
We gather up our hearts and go
A thousand kisses deep.

7. (And fragrant is the thought of you,
The file on you complete -
Except what we forgot to do
A thousand kisses deep.)

8. The ponies run, the girls are young,
The odds are there to beat.
You win a while, and then it´s done -
Your little winning streak.
And summoned now to deal
With your invincible defeat,
You live your life as if it´s real
A thousand kisses deep.

9. (I jammed with Diz and Dante -
I did not have their sweep -
But once or twice, they let me play
A thousand kisses deep.)

10. And I´m still working with the wine,
Still dancing cheek to cheek.
The band is playing “Auld Lang Syne” -
The heart will not retreat.
And maybe I had miles to drive,
And promises to keep -
You ditch it all to stay alive
A thousand kisses deep.

11. And now you are the Angel Death
And now the Paraclete;
And now you are the Savior’s Breath
And now the Belsen heap.
No turning from the threat of love,
No transcendental leap -
As witnessed here in time and blood
A thousand kisses deep.

A Thousand Kisses Deep, Leonard Cohen