Yet, despite the widening of the general frame, Orientalism still reigns; though it’s not as brazen, its subtle forms are everywhere.
A sentence like a punch.
From Sheryl Lunas “Neighbors Smoke on an Apartment Porch Owned by a Mental Health Agency” Poetry Magazine, January 2018
Against hatred and intolerance we need education and civil courage. This is what Nobel science and Nobel peace is about.
Bishop emeritus Gunnar Stålsett, in a speech at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.
what if there were a room. or if there weren’t. where violence, history
and euphoria met within and preceded a body.
“Room for a Counter Interior”
“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, (…) tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.”
What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?
The world would split open.
“That’s because Louis’s behavior didn’t hurt the system. It maintained the system. It alienated women from careers in comedy and allowed everyone to continue to live in a world where they could believe that the table, the Official Council of American Funny, was a place only straight men were worthy of reaching.”
– Guy Branum: Tear Down the Boys’ Club That Protected Louis C.Kb
Nothing that has ever happened should be regarded as lost for history.
Even in the darkest times, you can feel confident in the ever-unfolding weirdness of nature.
Whenever you’re ready, it’s out there.
I don’t think teenagers reading literature need to see a world they know; I think they need to see a world they know isn’t bullshit.