Old Photos and memories I wish wouldn't die - Alex Kime

Sometimes when I'm depressed I look through old photos of myself to remind me how far I've really come. 

Wordworks allowed me to grow as a poet - Alex Kime

It makes me feel so old when I think back on my time with Wordworks, and how all of it was over half a decade ago! I was such a baby in these photos with my manic panic pink hair and my anxiety about reading new poems in front of such a supportive group of lovely, supportive humans.

Wow even just putting this piece together made me tear up. I miss how simple life use to be.

DialogueUP! - Alex Kime

DialogueUP! · Episode 3: featuring Alex Kime on the state of U-M, art, and dialogue

Allie Lopez
Hello, everyone, welcome back to dialogue, a podcast that looks at what's up with dialogue in the real world. I'm your host Allie Lopez, and I use the pronouns she her and hers. In the studio Today we have with us the lovely Alex Kime, a current masters of Social Work student who has been involved with the program on intergroup relations for the past five years. Alex uses the pronouns they them and theirs, and is currently studying social policy and evaluation with a minor in community organizing here in Michigan. And they definitely have a finger on the pulse of social justice going on at this university. Not to mention their good friend of mine and alum of IGR and the Common Ground program. Alex, it's so great to have you here.

Alex Kime 0:51
It's sweet to be here. Thank you so much. I certainly have I would say that I have a pulse and a perspective among amongst m…

The Millennial Death Race? - Alex Kime

Q: "What do think of the term Millennial Malaise; what would be your malaise?"
Alex Kime- "What comes to my mind is ‘angst’. Sometimes I classify that as dissonance — ideas in your head that just don’t quite make sense. Liberty and justice for all, but housing isn’t guaranteed, healthcare isn’t guaranteed…? To be alive at this time as young adults and taking stock of the world where we see how the people who have been in power have really done all that they can to mess with the world. There has been choice after choice, opportunity after opportunity, to prioritize people over profits, longterm over short-term; and we’ve squandered those opportunities. That is why I love to validate the angst of my students, myself and my peers: We should be angry, we should be more than a little messed up by this!"

Q: "The Millennial Death Race?"

Alex Kime- "Seeing company bailouts being prioritized over the Flint Water crisis. To take in all of this contrasting informa…

More pictures from when Alex Kime was just an awkward baby queer

"I'm convinced fashion forgot itself a decade ago"

"Honestly still a mood af"

Polo and suspenders? It's called fashion, look it up sweeite

Even bending my knees I'm still a suspender giant.

Strike a pose? Well sure, ok sounds good.

Remember when we use to feel ok sometimes?

Music Shattered - Alex Kime


when the moment & music shattered
you didn’t freeze, falter, or forget.

under those lights it must have come back
to instinct;

the reactionary orchestra of protect,
I know, get down

for you, mother of 11,
this was just another night;

your son, the club,
making all of yourself into a promise

it starts & you are his whole
world again

& we, Brenda, could only ever hope
to match you should our names be called by Bravery

dear Brenda,

I seem to only be able
to write this letter fragment to you.

four years ago
I got around to begin opening up

to my mother & since then
she’s tried.

the afternoon before you died
she texted me simply to ask how I was doing

I’m so very queer, even more tattoos
and the same messy brain

& we are both still learning
how to love each other

Alex Kime is a teaching artist, dialogue facilitator, and recipient of the 2015 Jeffrey L. Weisburg Memorial Prize in Poetry. Currently a National Community Scholar in the University of …