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anonymous1991

22 M Manchester, NH

My Details

Last Online
Feb 25
Orientation
Bisexual
Ethnicity
Middle Eastern, White
Height
5′ 8″ (1.73m)
Body Type
Thin
Diet
Strictly vegetarian
Smokes
No
Drinks
Not at all
Drugs
Religion
Other
Sign
Cancer
Education
Working on university
Job
Art / Music / Writing
Income
Less than $20,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t want any
Pets
Has dogs and has cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Spanish (Okay)

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My self-summary
Updated October 19, 2013

I’m Matt. I’m a 22-year-old anarchist poet raised in Manchester. My poetry is my main passion in life; I’ve been writing and performing all over the Northeastern United States since 2009. I’ve also competed in a few National Poetry Slams. I feel that art is a great act of resistance and a great way to break down barriers in society. It is also an effective tool for healing and expression.

My conscience has led me to adopt views that are far outside the mainstream of US society. It has also compelled me to commit disobedient acts that put me in conflict with the most powerful forces on the planet. In 2011, I was an organizer and participant in Occupy New Hampshire, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement and Arab Spring. It was simultaneously the most uplifting and the most heart-breaking thing I have ever experienced: http://occupynewhampshire.org/2013/09/18/an-age-of-futility-the-occupy-movement-and-the-hopeless-generation. Ever since the Occupy movement dwindled due to violent police suppression and generations of brainwashing, I have been focusing on individual acts of resistance to undermine and disassociate from the US corporate prison state that dominates world affairs. Whether it’s boycotting elections, tax resistance, participating in the counter-economy, serving my community, or general illegalism, my conscience influences all aspects of my life.

As for the romantic part of my identity, I’m bisexual and polyamorous. I don’t practice monogamy, because I don’t believe the heart should be limited by arbitrary rules. I think people should be free to love whomever they wish to love. I am not very experienced in love myself, because it’s difficult to find anyone compatible with me. Especially in Manchester.

I’m very much a sober person. I don’t drink, smoke, or consume caffeine. I’ve taken hallucinogens on occasion, and they’ve all been very spiritual experiences, but I don’t believe in using addictive substances, whether they be over-the-counter, pharmaceutical, or illicit. I feel uncomfortable in bars, and I despise that so much of social interactions are centered around alcohol. I’d love to find people to have a nice sober time with and communicate on a higher level.

I am looking for romantic partners who have bold spirits and are brave at heart. Who will accept me for who I am and expand my horizons. I need some adventures in my life with people who are nuanced and interesting.
What I’m doing with my life
I’m currently living at home with my parents and working toward a BA in history. I’m not sure whether I want to graduate or not. I’m mostly there to learn, and I really enjoy the history classes I’m taking about the Progressive Era and the 1960s.

I’m working on an exit strategy for when I graduate college. I’ve applied for Disability assistance due to the anxiety disorder I’ve developed from profound political alienation, so that may be able to sustain me while I get on my feet. I’m morally obligated to only take jobs in the counter-economy that pay under the table and don’t report to the IRS, so I’m working on finding those opportunities. I do occasionally get paid as a rree-lancer, as an editor, and I make a few thousand a year from my poetry, but it’s not enough to support myself right now. I’ve considered emigrating the country to Latin America at some point in the future so I have more political freedom and opportunities, but I have neither the heart nor the resources to do it yet.

My other biggest project I’m working on right now is my poetry manuscript, Revolution is a Ruthless Boxcar. It’s going to chronicle my experiences in the Occupy Movement and everything that’s happened in my life since then.
I’m really good at
Writing. Performing. Acting. Solving puzzles. Remembering obscure facts. Listening to people. Seeing ordinary things in unusual ways. Changing the world. Self-healing.
The first things people usually notice about me
My long hair and my huge beard, which I’ve never trimmed or shaved in my life. The fact that I always wear sandals, even when there’s 14 inches of snow on the ground. That I’m always looking off into space somewhere. My very blue eyes. My missing front tooth. The skip in my step. My contagious laughter.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Friend me on Good Reads! http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/8227031-matthew-richards

Slam poets who’ve changed my life:
Patricia Smith, Rachel Mckibbens, Jack McCarthy, John Survivor Blake, Seth Walker, Carrie Rudzinski, Caroline Harvey, April Ranger, Jeanann Verlee, Megan Falley, Simone Beaubien, Laura Brown-Lavoie, Tara Hardy, Miles Walser, Marty McConnell, Tristan Silverman, Franny Choi, Andrea Gibson

Other favorite poets:
Shel Silverstein, Pablo Neruda, Sharon Olds, Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Langston Hughes, Elizabeth Bishop, Jack Bukowski, Cynthia Huntington

Fiction:
Harry Potter, The Hunger Games series, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Color Purple. 1984, The Awakening, Possesion: A Romance, Shadows Fall, Golden Compass, Pillars of the Earth, The Other Boleyn Girl, Artemis Fowl, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Deception Point, The Lost Symbol Twilight (my guilty pleasure)

Nonfiction:
The Bible/Gnostic Gospels, Silent Spring, A Midwife's Tale, The Story of English, A Small Place, Homage to Catalonia, A People's History of the United States, Into the Wild.

Movies:
Hairspray (the musical), Some Like it Hot, The Christmas Toy, The Wizard of Oz, Annie (1999), Evita, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Sister Act, Sister Act 2, Airplane!, Young Frankenstein, Men in Tights, Matilda, Idiocracy, Easy A, The Kids Are All Right, 50 First Dates, Kung Pow, Titanic, the Notebook, Thelma & Louise, Mona Lisa Smile, American Beauty, The Mummy, Cast Away, Pocahontas, Mulan, Brave, Up, Shrek, Mama Mia, The Pokemon Movie, The Brave Little Toaster, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Scott Pilgrim, Groundhog Day, Land Before Time, American Beauty, Boy Culture, Cabaret, Teeth, Selena, Yentl, Fantasia 2000, Enchanted, The Last Song, The Room

Tv:
The Simpsons, Xena: Warrior Princess, Breaking Bad, American Idol, The Voice, Catfish, Star Trek: Voyager, Buffy, Family Guy, South Park, Pokémon, Digimon, Smash, Glee, Saturday Night Live, Ugly Betty, So You Think You Can Dance, Dead Like Me, Joan Of Arcadia, Ghost Whisperer, Malcolm in the Middle, The Magic School Bus, The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Lab, Rugrats, the Wild Thornberrys, the Secret World of Alex Mack, All That, the Amanda Show, Invader Zim, Angry Beavers, Rocko’s Modern Life, Kablam, Spongebob

Music:
Tori Amos, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Big Mama Thornton, Anna Nalick, Sara Bareilles, Jewel, Dido, Haley Reinhart, Linda Perry, Stevie Nicks, Florence & The Machine, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Paramore, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, P!nk, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, Jojo, Demi Lovato, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Cher, Melissa Etheridge, Heart, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Little Richard, Janis Joplin, Mama Cass, The Supremes, The Shirelles, ABBA, The Carpenters, Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Katharine McPhee, Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, Natasha Bedingfield, Gwen Stefani, Jordin Sparks, Vanessa Hudgens, Diana Degarmo, Belinda Carlisle, Carrie Underwood, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Taylor Swift, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Jana Kramer, Jo Dee Messina, The Dixie Chicks, Kellie Pickler, Candice Glover, Alicia Keys, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, TLC, Jazmine Sullivan, Queen Latifah, Toni Braxton, Lauryn Hill, Tamyra Gray, Beyonce, Jessie J, Angie Miller, Cissy Houston, Amy Grant, Yolanda Adams, Selena, Shakira, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Chayanne, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Queen, Adam Lambert, Michael Jackson, Maroon 5, Jeff Buckley, Regina Spektor, Company of Thieves, The Rolling Stones, Metric, Against Me!

Food:
I’ve been making an effort to eat a lot healthier lately. Here’s one of my smoothie favorite recipes: put a banana, five ice cubes, 8 ounces of milk or soymilk, and a piece of cantaloupe in a blender. Top it off with some honey and start blending! The banana and cantaloupe make for a much silkier, smoother base than yogurt.

I’m a strict vegetarian, and I REALLY love Indian food, or anything with curry. I’m also a huge soup person. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with gastric ulcers, so I have a strong gag reflex to salad or anything rough. I eat do eat a lot of bread and baked goods, though. And you can’t go wrong with Cheese pizza.
The six things I could never do without
• My mom
• My wonderful poet family all over country
• Facebook (so I can keep in touch with them!)
• My handy-dandy notebook
• My kitty, Mila
• Manchester in the autumn
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I do often lie awake at night thinking about the prison-industrial complex, and it negatively impacts my health. But I like to keep myself occupied. I’m always thinking about new ideas for poems. What I can do to positively impact the planet. Who’s going to win American Idol. Whether or not free will exists. Whether or not the cheese I’m about to eat has rennet. What I’m going to do in the future, and how I’m going to survive as a war tax resister.
On a typical Friday night I am
Recharging. Friday’s the only night I get to stay in!
I’m looking for
  • Guys and girls who like bi guys
  • Ages 18–40
  • Near me
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating, casual sex
You should message me if
• You’re an artist/poet/musician
• You know how to have fun without drinking
• You live somewhere near me or have a car
• You’re interested in polyamory, relationship anarchy, friends with benefits, or any other nonstandard relationship
• You’re open-minded
• You distrust authority and all forms of hierarchy
• You've been to prison, or share a deep comradery with all people who are imprisoned
• You have an unshakable sense of self-confidence
• You have a sexy accent
• You know that "Wherefore" means "Why"
• You like guys with beards
• You love animals