May 4, 2016
Austerlitz, Carl Sandburg, death, Gettysburg, Grass, life, Verdun, war, Waterloo, Ypres
BY CARL SANDBURG
Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.
Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all.
And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?
I am the grass.
Let me work.
April 16, 2016
Incredible Hulk, Joe Harnell, The Lonely Man Theme
From the 1970’s television series The Incredible Hulk. Written By Joe Harnell.
April 11, 2016
Colorism, Family Secrets, poet, Toi Derricote
They told my cousin Rowena not to marry
Calvin―she was too young, just eighteen,
& he was too dark, too too dark, as if he
had been washed in what we wanted
to wipe off our hands. Besides, he didn’t come
from a good family. He said he was going
to be a lawyer, but we didn’t quite believe.
The night they eloped to the Gotham Hotel,
the whole house whispered―as if we were ashamed
to tell it to ourselves. My aunt and uncle
rushed down to the Gotham to plead―
we couldn’t imagine his hands on her!
Families are conceived in many ways.
The night my cousin Calvin lay
down on her, that idol with its gold skin
broke, & many of the gods we loved
in secret were freed.
—from Tender 1997
March 16, 2016
“Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn’t suck.”
― Joss Whedon
March 11, 2016
Dissociative Identity Disorder, men, music, woman
babies, folk music, I'm Gonna Be An Engineer, lady, mother, Peggy Seeger, Women
March 7, 2016
Ama K. Abebrese, Ebbe Bassey, Ghana, Ghanaian, John Dumelo, Kimberly Elise, Leila Djansi, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Ties That Bind
” When you refuse to speak up, it’s like running a knife through your heart on purpose.” From the Ghanaian movie Ties That Bind, 2011. Screenplay written by Leila Djansi