Archive for June 22nd, 2011

by lizard

I got a bit of help with a foul mood I’ve been nursing this week from Adrienne Rich, a phenomenal poet. This shot comes from a poetic series called USONIAN JOURNALS 2000, published in her 2004 collection The School Among The Ruins:

Early summer lunch with friends, talk rises: poetry, urban design and planning, film. Strands of interest and affection binding us differently around the table. If an uneasy political theme rears up—the meaning of a show of lynching photographs in New York, after Mapplethorpe’s photos, of sociopathic evil inside the California prison industry—talk fades. Not a pause but: a suppression. No one is monitoring this conversation but us. We know the air is bad in here, maybe want not to push that knowledge, ask what is to be done? How to breathe? What will suffice? Draft new structures or simply be aware? If art is our only resistance, what does that make us? If we’re collaborators, what’s our offering to corruption—an aesthetic, anaesthetic, dye of silence, withdrawal, intellectual disgust?

War forever. No recourse.

what is to be done?

—Adrienne Rich

by problembear

this really grinds my gears ….. i realize these idiots have the right to assemble. i realize these asswipes have the right to free speech. i realize that they have the right to live here…….

but i also realize that i have similar rights that enable me to do as much as i can to make them feel less comfortable here.

Billings did it decades ago. let’s get busy doing this statewide……….

not in our state.

i think wulfgar has an interesting take on this too

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