Kythryne Aisling

is creating poetry and music

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I'll write things. You'll get to read it. Mostly poems, but also some lyrics and probably the occasional rant.
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I tend to write pretty solid first drafts, but everything's always better with some editing. At least once a month I'll post an edited version of something side-by-side with the first draft, with some commentary about my editing process on that particular piece. 


Also all the stuff from the previous level.

Listen To Stuff Too
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Poems! Lots of poems! Also at least one recording a month. Might be a poem. Might be a song. Might be something I haven't thought up yet.


Also all the stuff from the previous levels.

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About

I'm a full-time artist/small business owner/single parent/sarcastic gimpy chick, a part-time writer/musician/rabble-rouser, and apparently I want to be a cantor and/or a rabbi when I grow up. (It would have been nice if I'd realized that before I flunked out of college 20 years ago, but I'm a little slow on the uptake sometimes.) Basically, I'm one person with at least four full-time jobs, none of which pay very well. 

Four years ago I was diagnosed with a brain tumor the size of a clementine, and I promptly had brain surgery. (For the definition of "promptly" that means "six months later" which is actually pretty prompt when it comes to convincing a health insurance company to spend half a million dollars.) It wasn't fun and I don't recommend doing either of those things.

I started writing poetry in the aftermath of the surgery, mostly by accident. My first published poem "Nothing Writes To Disk" was nominated for a 2015 Rhysling Award, and I was a 2015 semi-finalist at Slam Free or Die because it turned out that yelling poems at strangers is cheaper than therapy and healthier than whiskey. And then I got divorced, which resulted in more poems and more yelling, and then I started singing in my synagogue's choir and training as a lay music leader and apparently now I write songs? I don't know, I just work here. 

Over the past year, a number of things have collided in my life in such a way that I can't really keep pretending that writing and music is just a hobby. I'm much too cynical to call it the hand of fate or G-d or the universe, but when something whacks me upside the head this hard I do eventually listen. (Grudgingly, and with a lot of whining, usually.) I started jokingly saying that my role is the revolution is to feed people and get them to sing, but as time goes on I'm not entirely sure I'm joking anymore. 

My poetry tends to be about the intersections of identity:  I'm a queer single mother, a brain tumor and domestic violence survivor living with PTSD and chronic illnesses, and I'm an observant feminist Jew, so there's a lot of intersectionality right in my own back yard. (To paraphrase from one of my own poems, nothing is sacred and everything is holy.) I've written poems about plastic dinosaurs and I've written poems about visiting graveyards and surviving hurricanes. I have a website and all that jazz.

When it comes to music, my primary focus so far is Jewish liturgical music, but I've only very recently reclaimed that piece of my identity; I also love me some depressing folk songs and I do a damn fine cover of Famous Blue Raincoat.
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$25 of $100 per month
$100 a month will let me invest in better recording equipment (I mean, the iPhone is a wonder of technology, but there are some other gadgets that would be really nice too) so I can start producing at least one recording per month. Original songs? Spoken word? My amazing cover of Famous Blue Raincoat? Let's find out. 
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 72 exclusive posts
6
Audio releases
28
Images
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Link
34
Writings
3
Videos

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