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Dandelion Warrior Project
Marie Cartier created the Dandelion Warrior project, a movement for incest survivors who make a commitment not to kill themselves, with groups meeting in California and Colorado. The Dandelion Warrior project includes research, writing workshops, theater presentations and classes.
At Marie's poetry readings, she gives survivors the option of giving up suicide and has them stand up at the end while she presents them with medals (if s/he makes a decision not to kill themselves). To date, there are 1500+ Dandelion Warriors in the U.S.
EXCERPT FROM: I AM YOUR DAUGHTER, NOT YOUR LOVER
For All Survivors
- by Marie Cartier
I am looking for dandelion children. I am missing a sacred site.
Home. I am looking for dandelion children. Home. Family
Sacred. I am looking for you.
I tell you
the world will not crack
you will not die
You will survive.
I mean this.
You will survive
the telling. you survived
We were dandelion children. Long-branched strong
roots. Impossible to kill
Dandelion children live any
where they can
Fragile seeds. but they suck into the soil.
They hold on.
We were not meant to survive.
Shooting green and spiky
from the cracks in the sidewalk.
But. Dandelion children, well,
we make it. We are "OK." We are "fine."
We hold on.
And having done so
I hold your hand. You are more than "OK."
bright singing yellow green
Deep roots push you into light.
Light. I tell you. you will survive the telling.
The world will not crack.
I will not leave.
We will survive.
We were not meant to. But
having done so, we bloom.
Oh, we bloom.
- Marie Cartier
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I Am YOur Daughter, Not Your Lover,
by Marie Cartier
published by Clothespin Fever Press,
isbn:18788533-18-5 is currently out of print (but author interested in finding a publisher to re-print.) If interested, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.)
For more information, contact Marie Cartier by e-mail at email@example.com.