opposite ends of the same day

wherein my first discusison section chooses the following name for itself:
queertivity collective
and i am beside myself
and on both sides of
what theory does to the word queer
wherein, hours later, a student honestly asks me
what queer means
having never heard that word before
and the wonder
that these moments could happen
on opposite ends of the same day

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wherein i manage to use the phrase shitshow
in a perfectly suited situation
the way my subtext gets in the way of yours
and all of us are trying to be polite about it
but all of us also want to be the brightest brightness

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wherein wayne skypes in from
university of british columbia
says how before it was a university
it was military land
(like ucsd)
and before that
it was (still is) native land
tells the 200 student lecture class
he was thinking about them up there
canada claims indigeneity differently than
the u.s. does he says

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wherein, amongst other things,
corinne and i deconstruct
nuances of regionality
and culture shock

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wherein liz arizona asks me
why i ask about her parents’ age
and i think about it and say
good point

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wherein i remember the name
of a student from my first quarter
(which seems like a millenium ago)
when we pathcross at muir cafe
it’s patrick

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wherein i spend some
hours on
the phone and some
more reading persepolis
instead of booting up
the workhorse