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Philosophy/Poetics/Politics

Month: December, 2013

Metta Meditation/122

May Eileen be filled with loving-kindness (for her family and dry-cleaner personnel)
May Eileen be well (in body and spirit)
May Eileen be peaceful and at ease (upon rising in the morning and turning in at night)
May Eileen be happy (for several long precious moments this day)

Eileen and Adah

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A Doctor and a Child: Christmas Eve in Managua

Fernando Silva ran the children’s hospital in Managua.  On Christmas Eve, he worked late into the night.  Firecrackers were exploding and fireworks lit up the sky when Fernando decided it was time to leave.  They were expecting him at home to celebrate the holiday.

He took one last look around, checking to see that everything was in order, when he heard cottony footsteps behind him.  He turned to find one of the sick children walking after him.  In the half-light he recognized the lonely, doomed child.  Fernando recognized that face already lined with death and those eyes asking for forgiveness, or perhaps permission.

Fernando walked over to him and the boy gave him his hand.

Tell someone, . . “ the child whispered.  “Tell someone I’m here.”

–Eduardo Galeano, The Book of Embraces [1992]

Contemporaries

“Who are my contemporaries?” Juan Gelman asks himself.  Juan says that sometimes he comes across [people] who smell of fear, in Buenos Aires, Paris, or anywhere in the world, and feels that these [people] are not his contemporaries. But there is a Chinese who, thousands of years ago, wrote a poem about a goatherd who is far from his beloved, and yet can hear in the middle of the night, in the middle of the snow, the sound of her comb running through her hair. And reading this distant poem, Juan finds that yes, these people—the poet, the goatherd and the woman—are truly his contemporaries.

–Eduardo Galeano, The Book of Embraces

 

The Slow and the Rich

“I want to do things like that that seem to me to be about creating a space where people can kick back, eat, laugh, tell stories, be comfortable, and by extension send that vibration across the world. Because really, what’s important is not so much the frenzied activity that we all have been in–if we’re not still in it– but the slowness of the daily and the richness of the very ordinary stuff.
–Alice Walker

 

Share the Wealth with Beth Mueller: Negotiating Violence in Scripture: Listening to “Minor” Characters

Oftentimes, people let me know that if they read the Bible, they tend to stray away from the Old Testament.  The violence and destruction in many of these texts can paint a disturbing portrait of a heartless God.  Yet, inviting minor characters to the forefront of violent texts and listening to their stories yields valuable wisdom and insight.  These stories-within-stories shed light on countering violence in our own lives, particularly violence towards those who are marginalized.  We will reflect on and piece through a short text and open up space for discussion.
–Beth Mueller Read the rest of this entry »

The Bell Is for All of You

“Anything you are attached to, let it go.”
–Buddhist teaching

I gave that bell to Mev
25 years ago
It must have been sounded
10,000 times

Pete heard it
In fall of 2001
You heard it
In fall of 2002 Read the rest of this entry »

Being Free

Don’t let your life be governed by what disturbs you.
— Abu-al-Ala al-Ma’arri [973-1052]

Grace Abounds (December 14, 2013)

The realization that Pete Mosher is made up of non-Pete Mosher elements
Jeremy’s stellar slideshow of the all-American family
John Kavanaugh & John Foley’s calming recording of “How Can I Can from Singing?”
Don Lassus playing the violin when the Mass is over
Katie and Jeremy’s precious recollections of their brother
Sitting, praying, aching beside Louise
Alliebaby answering my Twenty Questions
Subway sustenance
Lo’s poem
Jane screaming the way we wish we could (and maybe still will)
Eileen crying
Michael’s strength
Cab’s constancy
Words whispered to me by Janet McGrath
Eileen laughing

The University and the Real World (Take the ‘A’ Train)

I recently came across this from Amiri Baraka in Anne Waldman and Andrew Schelling’s collection of essays, Disembodied Poetics: Annals of the Jack Kerouac School

For those of us in the arts or the universities, those of us involved with the institutions and ideas of the U.S. superstructure, we must see that the only positive direction we can go, that is the direction of life supported over death, is cultural revolution. We must oppose the reinstitution of the racist canon, like we resist part 25 of Friday the 13th or Rambo 11. Read the rest of this entry »