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Philosophy/Poetics/Politics

Month: August, 2010

Iraq: Remembrance & Responsibility

My friend Laura Weis shared this  quotation with me, and I want to share it with you.

We all need to reflect on one fact that has been almost completely expunged from the U.S. consciousness: in the last 20 years U.S. policy toward Iraq has been responsible for the death of over two million Iraqis, and probably closer to three million. That’s on the order of one in ten Iraqis. The death toll is about equally divided between the 12-year period of stringent economic sanctions that the U.S. and its allies imposed on Iraq and the post 2003 war period.

— Jim Fine, Friends Committee on National Legislation

 

 

 

 

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You Asked, “When Can I See You?” The Answer Is…

10 minutes after you wake up
At 9:30 p.m. on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of each month

By the tower in 88 degree heat
A January walk up the avenue after the sidewalks have been shoveled

Every Tuesday at 3:35 pm
Saturday morning at 7

When you’re gritting your teeth so hard you think they will shatter
At Café Revolución at 10 am when nobody’s there

After classes
Before dinner

When you get that sudden urge to head out to the river (walking five miles an hour)
At the nearest bus stop (reading the poems you wrote during lab)

When sleepless, at Espresso Central
When effervescent, the outdoor tables at Stella and Bella’s

Three times a week
Twice a day

When aroused by history, at the Yiddish Book Store
When disturbed by humanity, among the igrets in the park

Dostoevsky Wrote, “Beauty…

..will save the world”

I don’t know about “save”

But, yes, beauty

& friendship
& community
& solidarity
& loveshine

may get us through the next week

hedy-and-sandra

Hedy Epstein and Sandra Tamari, on the occasion of Hedy’s 86th birthday, 8.16.2010; photo by W.A. Wimmer