Tag Archives: history

The Geography of a Mob: A Poem

We painted Ru de la Sant├ęBy guillotine.Scheunenvietel glittered with violence. We turned the soil of Choeung Ekto plant bonesMississippi trees bore strange fruit We turned Kigali sanctuaryto Tutsi cemetery.American streets are safer than her wombs. We are the riotous, genocidal lynchers.Map lines cross and change, blood-thirsty people stay the same. We shouted–crucify himwhen it was […]

All in the Waiting

But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting. T.S. Eliot I believe our knowledge of history matters. Following the thread of humanity over time tends to illuminate our real nature doing away with our humanistic optimism. It’s disillusioning at first: recounting the wars, the vast errors and evils across […]

Read Books, and Start with George Orwell

I recently read a post that tragically misidentified something as “Orwellian”, and then proceeded to use it in support of an idea that Orwell himself would have likely criticized. It seems to be a common malady to hijack well-known literary names for our own purposes, to use them bolster up our arguments with an appeal […]