Been a while since I’ve written poetry…

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I was going to write this into the ether, but now I don’t have to. Thank you Vanguard. It’s about how the lens on the Vietnam War is still centered, turned and focussed on the US Experience, rather than the Viet experience.

Written on Black April:

Today is the day my family lost their country, 41 years ago.

+++When I say I’m a product of US Imperialism,
Conceived next to water, on a beach, in a refugee camp, in between borders, in between definite states,
With no nationality, papers, future:
I am asked “Why move here then?”
“My entire family lives in the States, I waited 30 years for a Green Card”
“Then why complain?”

I exercise my right to be a critical dissident resident of the USA.

+++When I say I’m a product of US Imperialism,
I am accused: “Our troops fought and lost their lives for a war that wasn’t even theirs.”
It wasn’t mine either, but no doubt I will never finish paying that debt.
I remind myself I don’t owe anyone anything.

+++Moving to North America:
Means catching the bus and seeing middle-aged men
Middle-aged men in wheelchairs or on crutches
See me.
Watching men recognize me –
Not me, but something in me, the shape of my eyes, cheekbone, skintone, black horsehair.
Projecting onto me their historic desires, exotic liaisons, or familiar victims.
Their trauma, their unanswered questions, their imminent reward,
Their expectation of gratefulness or familiarity from me.
Of pandering, of servitude, of interest.
But I am not the innocent farm-girl from the Delta, of 45 years ago.
We exchange a moment tenderness and violence
I hold a moment of carrying their burden, accepting their pain,
Then I cast it off.

+++If I let all the weights fill me, then my shape would become what they see me as,
But I am not the innocent farm-girl from the Delta.

SHOWS/TALKS/WORKSHOPS

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SHOWS/TALKS/WORKSHOPS

Http://annavo.bandcamp.com
Http://explainpdx.bandcamp.com
Http://acracyanarchy.bandcamp.com

Feb 19: Anna Vo – Girls’ Rock Camp Benefit at High Water Mark
Mar 5: LA Zinefest
Mar 19: Anna Vo – Mother Foucault’s
Mar 26: Comix Thing
Apr 8: Acracy – Fed Up Fest Benefit at Blackwater
Apr 10: Explain – High Water Mark
Apr 14: Rash Deeds – Anarres
April 16: Anna Vo – PSU
April 23: reading – ILWU

April 28: reading – Lewis and Clark College
April 29: lecture – Portland Community College, Cascade Campus
May TBA: Explain
May 6: lecture – Western Oregon University, Salem, OR

May 18: lecture – YWCA, Portland, OR

May 19: Acracy – Blackwater, Portland, OR

May 25: Anna Vo, PPOP fundraiser, Anarres Bookshop, Portland, OR
June 15-17: Anna Vo, Thirst For Light Summer Solstice Festival, Walville, WA

June 23-36: Denver Zine Fest
July 2: Acracy – Blackwater
July 9-10: Panel and Workshop at Portland Zine Symposium

July TBA: Rash Deeds

Plus more shows to be announced!

ANNA VO upcoming tour with friends in Fall 2016:-)

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Update on illustrations and comics

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Newest drawings and comics found at http://littlestink.wordpress.com

New comic out soon at http://fixmyhead.storenvy.com

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New online release on AN OUT RECORDINGS,

https://anout.bandcamp.com/album/aor025-ver-opop-nouveau-shamanic-lp

VERÃOPOP:

the NOUVEAU SHAMANIC LP

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From Portugal, one review posted today is found here:

http://www.thesirenssound.com/2015/12/30/new-album-from-veraopop-aor025-nouveau-shamanic-lp/

New ANNA VO album out – “Bound”

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Released by Land Animal Tapes from California!!
Preorder at http://annavo.bandcamp.com or https://landanimaltapes.bandcamp.com

Playing a benefit show on Dec 12th
https://m.facebook.com/events/946091112136757?ref=m_notif&notif_t=plan_edited&actorid=616876585

FIX MY HEAD #8: RITUAL CONFLICT FAMILY

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Cover by Matt Lazer

Order at http://fixmyhead.storenvy.com

Hey bebbies –

I will be tabling the new issue at:
ANARRES INFOSHOP, oct 23rd.
THOU show, with THE BODY, and my band HREINN

I will be tabling the new FMH at:
OLYMPIA ZINE FEST, oct 24-25th

Facilitating POC WORKSHOP at OLYMPIA ZINE FEST, oct 24th

Speaking on PANEL re zines and music at OLYMPIA ZINE FEST, oct 25th

I will be tabling the new FMH at:
SHORT RUN SEATTLE, oct 31st

Giving massages at my table at
SHORT RUN SEATTLE, oct 31st

I will be tabling the new FMH at:
COMIX THING PORTLAND, nov 7th

I will be tabling the new FMH at:
REED COLLEGE, nov 13th, 7pm, and giving a lecture on power dynamics, microaggressions and culture

I will also be tabling my new comic DISTORTION #4 and my new perzine TSTV#6 if all goes to plan:-)

Big love.

Ra Meat out now

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Im on a compilation that Californian label Land Animal Tapes just released today!

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Ra Meat is available now at:

https://landanimaltapes.bandcamp.com/album/ra-meat

 
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