The White House has disinvited the poets
to a cultural tea in honor of poetry
after the Secret Service got wind of a plot
to fill Mrs. Bush’s ears with anti-war verse.
Were they afraid the poets might persuade
a sensitive girl who always loved to read,
a librarian who stocked the shelves with Poe
and Dickinson? Or was she herself afraid
to be swayed by the cooing doves, and live at odds
with the screaming hawks in her family?
The Latina maids are putting away the cups
and the silver spoons, sad to be missing out
on música they seldom get to hear
in the hallowed halls… The valet sighs
as he rolls the carpets up and dusts the blinds.
Damn but a little Langston would be good
in this dreary mausoleum of a place!
Why does the White House have to be so white?
The chef from Baton Rouge is starved for verse
uncensored by Homeland Security.
NO POETRY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
Instead the rooms are vacuumed and set up
for closed-door meetings planning an attack
against the ones who always bear the brunt
of silencing: the poor, the powerless,
the ones who serve, those bearing poems, not arms.
So why be afraid of us, Mrs. Bush?
you’re married to a scarier fellow.
We bring you tidings of great joy—
not only peace but poetry on earth.
According to this brief but meaty ‘Capitalist Manifesto’, the law of the jungle is the natural code governing human life; injustice does not exist, for what we know as injustice is merely an expression of the cruel harmony of the universe: poor countries are poor because…they are poor; our fate is written in the stars and we are born only to fulfill it. Some are condemned to obey, others are appointed to command. Some put their necks out and others put on the rope.
The author of this theory was the creator of the IMF in Brazil. Eduardo de Galeano in Open Veins of Latin America, p. 220
I’ve had librarians say to me, “People in my school don’t agree with homosexuality, so it’s difficult to have your book on the shelves.” Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.
To use another part of my identity as an example: if someone said to me, “I’m sorry, but we can’t carry that book because it’s so Jewish and some people in my school don’t agree with Jewish culture,” I would protest until I reached my last gasp. Prohibiting gay books is just as abhorrent…
Discrimination is not a legitimate point of view. Silencing books silences the readers who need them most. And silencing these readers can have dire, tragic consequences. Never forget who these readers are. They are just as curious and anxious about life as any other teenager.
David Levithan - Supporting Gay Teen Literature (via cake-light)
This man is another of my very favorite authors and editors. If I ever met him in real life, I think he might be one of my very favorite people.
Sooo I haven’t update on this for awhile. After finishing Under Western Eyes which I enjoyed far more than I expected to, I read:
which some of it I thought she was totally onto it, and then some she was just completely off what I thought she should be? Like she talked about “don’t become a stripper because it’s demeaning to women” and then said “but you should if you want to” and “i don’t approve of wearing burqas” and then “unless you want to”. It just seemed like she was attempting to pass judgment on things she didn’t know a lot about but THEn saying “but it’s okay if you want to…I guess” so I had mixed feelings about this book.
and at the moment I am almost finished
I like it!
I have now finished the Millennium trilogy. I thought it was okay, better than I expected even given the hype around it. There were a few things I didn’t like perhaps, but it definitely made me more interested in learning about Steig Larsson!
Next I read:
Thinking in pictures: And other reports from my life with autism by Temple Grandin
which was very informative and interesting. It gave a good example of a visual mind and characteristics of the autistic spectrum.
and now I am reading:
Under Western eyes by Joseph Conrad
It’s been awhile and I have been up north at a funeral. Since my last post I have read:
The sun also rises by Ernest Hemingway
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected I would. It’s written in pretty plain English unlike many of its time and offers good social commentary.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Predictably funny, although I don’t agree with everything she says about humour - especially offensive humour. The stuff about Palin is funny.
Book 1 of the Millennium trilogy, that is The girl with the dragon tattoo by Steig Larsson
Anyone thinking about reading this book should be aware that there is a horrendous rape scene around the middle of the book. In that sense the book should come with a massive trigger warning. I’ve heard a lot about the series hence why I decided to read it and I was a bit disappointed with some parts of this book - especially the bordering on ridiculous Dan Brown-esque evil serial killers etc. It has some interesting points about it too.
and am now about halfway through The girl who played with fire by Steig Larsson