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Where I come from. Part Two: Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) or Bridging the Gap

Posted 22-Mar-2015 at 09:59 PM (21:59) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 22-Mar-2015 at 11:19 PM (23:19) by BluePoppy




Muriel Rukeyser, undated

Without her environments realizing it, a poet’s education starts early in life. For a white child growing in to her power of language within white discourse this will naturally be very different from a Black child fending for herself in the projects.

Most of the poetry the white child will read for many years, when poetry is both sustenance
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Where I come from. Part One: Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) or The Interconnectedness of Everything

Posted 15-Mar-2015 at 03:32 AM (03:32) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 22-Mar-2015 at 09:25 PM (21:25) by BluePoppy



Muriel Rukeyser: I remember distinctly the first time I heard her name – at graduate school in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts in 1993. The Five Colleges were the best place for me to get an education in liberal arts and American thought. The consortium Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith College as well as the University of Massachusetts to this day offers the best in higher education and identity formation for young adults.

I was lucky enough to
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A clerihew for @Iittlelamb - on neurobollocks, dopamine and oxytocin

Posted 06-Sep-2012 at 04:00 PM (16:00) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 06-Sep-2012 at 04:25 PM (16:25) by Gurdur

Lammie Oostenbrink
Said, "Dopamine is driving me to drink.
The poetry molecule is MY finding,
But oxytocin hampers my versifying."


The explanation for all this is a tweet from @Iittlelamb (Lammie Oostenbrink) in reply to me in the course of a Twitter conversation prompted by various things. The most immediate cause is Naomi Wolf, who has written yet another exercise in self-praise disguised as a book; this new one is also full of neurobollocks, the incorrect...
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A friendly message to purveyors of dogma everywhere

Posted 28-Feb-2010 at 11:12 PM (23:12) by lifelinking (Lifelinking's Blog)
Updated 14-Mar-2010 at 09:20 PM (21:20) by lifelinking




Your Book

Your book,
Equips you with moral outrage
Which you wear like a medal
Awarded for piety
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Your book
Keeps you safe
legitimises your power, gives a fall back position
When faced with the preposterous nature, of your beliefs
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Your Book
Shines like a beacon of truth for you
A beacon which
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More on the Witches of Karres, and what I am reading this month, plus new films on DVD coming out now

Posted 22-Feb-2010 at 04:56 PM (16:56) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 30-Mar-2010 at 02:57 PM (14:57) by Gurdur

I've blogged before about what I was reading in any one given month, and I often blog about books anyway, as well as films. I don't see much worth in doing any kind of regular "What I am reading now" sort of thing, but every now and then seems in order. Anyway, in the post just now today arrived my ordered copy of The Sorceress of Karres by Eric Flint and Dave Freer, as well as Roy Porter's Madness: A Brief History, and Andrew Brown's In The Beginning Was The Worm. I'm also reading Diane Ackerman's...
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The Kraken Wakes, Only It's A Teabagger Republican Christian Wingnut

Posted 01-Feb-2010 at 01:08 AM (01:08) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 29-Mar-2010 at 03:49 AM (03:49) by Gurdur

All proper SF fans will well know The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham, first published in 1953, and still a truly excellent book, very damned readable indeed, and still an all-time classic of science fiction. The word Kraken comes from the original Norse krake, meaning a misformed or evil animal, and into Germanic as an octopus and sometimes squid.

Below the thunders of the upper deep,
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