- 39 Pages, plus covers and forewords.
"You see Zoe’s work deals not only with healing but also with the scars that make that healing an essential part of a black woman’s life. The rage that comes with everything this world throws at us is real, but so many of us do not have an outlet to express that rage safely. Instead, we’re expected to swallow it and be strong so that others may use our scars to heal themselves. But so many of us have never been taught to take that rage and “stroke the ego of an invisible man” who doesn’t give us the same.
Yes, the Rage section cuts to the bone, but Love has its bitter and sweet moments as well. “I Love My Skin and Nappy Hair” is something so many of us have experienced－that fine line between self-love and overcoming the self-hate instilled in us for so long. Zoe captures that perfectly in the first few lines declaring her love of self but admitting confusion when she hears “Black Is Beautiful” but dark is ugly. Yet, odes to black womanhood simply resonate as if we never have to question our own worth.
Of course, Complexity lives up to its title with a mix of haiku, poetry and diary entries. So much of this section so obviously comes from Zoe’s experiences working with children and as a mental health therapist. I also found some of her love of nature that I often see on her Tumblr blog on a daily basis. The haiku selections are so reflective of the entire chapbook: short but sweet and powerful. This is definitely one for those of us dealing with blackgirl isht on the daily and need to feel a little less alone."
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A: In a perfect world, I'd offer free shipping. However, due to past experiences, I will only ever ship items with tracking information and insurance (in the event of a loss). I understand you may be a great person, but I have tasted the sweet life of being able to point to a tracking number when something is delayed or lost. That's why it's worth more to you to purchase more items than just one, as there is a base starting fee for this service. Around 3 for US orders and ~10-15 for international.
A: As of November 2016, I'm using a durable twill. Like all other forms of fabric, it is prone to fray if improperly sewn and with repeated washes. As is the nature for most punk-style cloth patches.
A: Processing times not only reflect order volume and distance, but also personal circumstances. As stated numerous times through-out the shop, FoxAlive is a solo operation run by ONE PERSON - not a collective - in over his head. Apart from the distro, I also work 48-96 hour weeks at my main job, go to school full-time, and happen to be a human being with dreams and goals beyond making patches and shirts. I try to have stuff out asap, but considering Ialso deal with on/off depression, and wrist problems, I can only dedicate so much time to FoxAlive before my wrist burns out or I start feeling like I only exist to serve capitalism. So the X amount of weeks in processing time isn't meant to keep me lazy as it is to keep Fox, well, alive.
A: 1-2 weeks.
A: Due to the process of how these patches are made, all design sizes are final. If you'd like an altered design to any degree, including a one inch enlargement, you will have to pay for a custom patch.
A: All my patches are made using silk screen printing. There is no "iron-on" backing. Everything is made to be hand sewn.
A: No, it's not. And the reason it costs so much is due to the Etsy/PayPal fees associated with each sale. If I charge any less, I get more orders a week than what I ship out. This may seem great from a business standpoint, but being the only person behind FoxAlive for the past five years, I'm tired of always playing catch up on orders when I'm not being forced to justify shipping times (seriously, imagine getting off your main job just to get home to more work). What I charge now for patches (specifically small patches which are ~80% of my sales) no longer takes into account material alone, but also my own time and energy.
A: Yes, of course! I actually have a couple listings designated for shirts, patches, and buttons with step-by-step instructions on how to place an order. Please be aware, if you commit to an order, you are giving me a 30 dollar non-refundable deposit for my time in designing and/or prepping a screen for your custom order.