Love Him or Hate Him, Here are 5 Things We Can All Appreciate about Poe Dameron

If you’ve been hanging out on even the fringes of the Star Wars fandom after the release of The Last Jedi, you’re probably aware there’s been some talk about a certain pilot, aka BB-8’s partner-in-crime, Poe Dameron.

Hot take after hot take has been produced around why “Poe is actually the true villain of The Last Jedi” or some variation of this title. There have also been many insightful analyses into Poe and how he functions in the story as a version of masculinity who learns from his mistakes and learns to trust women via Leia and Holdo. Poe seems to inspire a range of strong responses, and I’m definitely no exception.

He definitely inspires strong devotion:

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As well as strong loathing:

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While a long-drawn out essay about why Poe is really a complex, interesting hero is always in order, a few textual examples to show that he’s a bit of a badass and, at the very least, fun to watch, are also necessary. This isn’t a literary analysis, y’all, but time to appreciate Poe for the Rebel fighter he is, the nuances of his decisions aside.

1: We get to see Leia slap him.

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Because of Poe, we get the iconic scene of General Organa being a real “take no shit” leader while still being her compassionate self. Like, no matter how you feel about Poe, Leia slapping a man who disobeyed her direct orders is pretty great.

2: He is really disturbed when everyone around him is dying, unlike, cough cough, Kylo Ren.


Does this look like an evil man to you? Look, I understand his actions had dire consequences, so do the actions of many other heroes in Star Wars. But, this is clearly not a man who is ok with the death of the people around him. He wants the resistance to win and has made some foolhardy decisions, but you can tell it affects him. Just look at his face.

3: Poe is BB-8’s bestie.

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While there is some talk about the murderous tendencies of everyone’s favorite round droid, there is no denying BB-8 is very cute and quite invested in the Rebel cause. If they are villains, at least the two of them can be pretty villains together.

4: Poe really loves his friends.

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I mean, this is apparent in so many ways. I’m not saying he always makes the best choices, but, you can see the affection he has for those around him. Hell, he even greets his friends with face holds and hugs once he sees they are alive.

5: He has really great hair. (Also, he learns from his mistakes).

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During the battle on Crait, Poe learns that sometimes you have to give up on the big plan in order to save lives. Plus, we get that awesome shot of him sliding all gracefully into the trenches. He really does have the best hair of anyone in the Resistance now that Leia’s iconic side buns are gone.

Say what you want, Poe keeps us all on the edge of our seat.

Love him or hate him, he’s an exciting guy to watch, and his piloting skills are top-notch. While this debate might go around and around and get fairly heated, I think we can all agree that Poe kept things interesting and his characterization wasn’t what we all expected. Leave a comment below about why I’m right. (Or why I’m wrong if you must).



Infinity War Screeching

I don’t have really any coherent thoughts about this teaser trailer right now, but I will come up with some sort of analysis of Steve and what I think it means and what I would like to see happen. But, for now, just enjoy these delicious pictures while I scream about them. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Salt Mine


My veins fill with salt at your words. You are a surface distraction,

a copy, a mimicry of what I once had. Drinking from you seems refreshing

at first. I take my fill, gulp you down, and inhale your words and wisdom

until my lungs are filled. I do not realize until it’s too late that your love,

our connection, is saltwater, as dense as the Great Salt Lake.


Inflammation and pain on the inside cuts of my anatomy flaring up,

every old wound on my liver, my ribcage, my closet romantic’s heart.

 I’m drowning. This is not the comfort I sought, not the replacement

I was looking for. But, then, stark relief, you brought to me.


The realization that maybe saltwater love could be better.

I could learn to drink from my own fresh well.

Your dead sea water could keep me afloat as I grew my own limbs.

I am my own salt of the earth, but not alone.



I burrowed, filled with inertia, into your
aorta and was surprised to find a red,
deeper than any shade known, a primordial
color, like the life some god injected into
the core of the earth, consistency like mud.
When I emerged from inside your heart,
the stain turned brown. Not a deep, earthy brown,
but rotting, rancid shades to remind
me how I damaged your ventricles.


-Original poem, property of Amanda Steele, 2017



Among grimy, concrete walls and discarded wrappers

you can find a new home. Feel the city air, despair,

creation, smells of falafel and exhaust, on your collarbones.

The blood in your wrists is the same here as anywhere

but you notice the pulsing, the life, from the 75th floor.

Looking out over the expanse of building anatomy,

how each skyscraper is a nucleus. You’re more in touch here,

lifted closer to the gods, than among 

snow-tipped mountains and fresh evergreens.


I remember your small kitchen in St. George.

You sipping coffee out of a copper mug,

me swirling the soggy Golden Puffs around the bowl.

I was mapping the exoskeleton of your layered armor

and the distance it created between us like an

oceanographer studies strange creatures

near subterranean vents. We seek

each other’s familiar warmth

like these uncomplicated organisms

sitting near the volcano before it explodes.
This corkscrew tension between us keeps me in place.

Found Poem(sort of) from Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

Executive Order 


On Protecting the Nation from Donald Trump

It is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. The process did not stop attacks by nationals.

Numerous individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism, including nationals. Deteriorating conditions in certain Americans have hostile attitudes toward its founding principles.

The United States cannot admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from nationals who intend to commit attacks in the United States; and to prevent nationals who intend to exploit United States immigration laws for malevolent purposes.

Sec. 3. Suspension (a) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall immediately conduct a review to determine that the individual is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public-safety threat.

(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall submit a report on the results of the review.

(c) To temporarily reduce national criminals, I hereby suspend the United States.

(f) At any point after submitting the list the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security may submit: the President recommended for similar treatment.

Sec. 4. Implementing. (a) The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall implement a program, to identify individuals:  fraudulent, with the intent to cause harm, or who are at risk of causing harm to the national interest.

(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of State, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, shall submit the President with this order: the Secretary of State, shall review application to determine what procedures should be taken to ensure President do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States.