“In Paradise and in dictatorships,there is no poetry. Only hymns of praise. Poetry is resistant for that reason alone: it is defined by differences.”—Urs Widmer—”Deviating From The Norm,” in this months The American Reader.
Thomas Sayers Ellis co-founded The Dark Room Collective (in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1988); and received his M.F.A. from Brown University. He is the author of Skin, Inc. (Graywolf Press, 2010) and The Maverick Room (Graywolf Press, 2005), which won the John C. Zacharis First Book…
“& in Palestine,
where it is a crime to wave
the flag of Palestine in Palestine,
watermelon halves are raised
against Israeli troops
for the red, black, white, green
of Palestine. Forever,”—Aracelis Girmay—”Ode to The Watermelon,” from her collection Teeth.
“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”—Marianne Williamson (via elige)
““Indian Country” was/is the term used in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq by the U.S. military for ‘enemy territory’. The first Black American President said without blinking, “There was a point before folks had left, before we had gotten everybody back on the helicopter and were flying back to base, where they said Geronimo has been killed, and Geronimo was the code name for bin Laden.” Elmer Pratt, Black Panther leader, falsely imprisoned for 27 years, was a Vietnam Veteran, was nicknamed ‘Geronimo’. Geronimo is settler nickname for the Bedonkohe Apache warrior who fought Mexican and then U.S. expansion into Apache tribal lands. The Colt .45 was perfected to kill Indigenous people during the ‘liberation’ of what became the Philippines, but it was first invented for the ‘Indian Wars’ in North America alongside The Hotchkiss Canon- a gattling gun that shot canonballs. The technologies of the permanent settler war are reserviced for foreign wars, including boarding schools, colonial schools, urban schools run by military personnel.
It is properly called Indian Country.”—Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, Decolonization is not a metaphor (via vul-va)
It is amazing how many people completely miss the point. Humanity is at the center of everything. Human beings drive it all. Religion, politics, business, science, etcetera. If something is good, beneficial, and life giving, it is because we, humans make it so. If something is evil, cruel, and causes death (Excluding “acts of God”), it is because we, humans make it so.
The problem is us. Everything else is, in a manner of speaking, inanimate until we use it for good or evil.