Poem; connection

                              Jerusalem The dark boy sitting beside her looks out  American tourist crowded flicks at her hair sees soldiers the dark boy sudden snuggles  “I’m scared” maybe 10 his fear courses electric 2  words in English through her veins

Pharaoh Netanyahu

        Gil Caldwell wrote a letter on the election of Netanyahu, focusing on a remark in a Times‘ editorial about the racist ugliness of his campaign. Unfortunately though not surprisingly, The Times just ran a front page piece by Jodi Rudoren of Israeli leaders (ones who backed the slaughters in Gaza…)  prating that …

Steven Salaita on nature, olive trees and occupation

   Steve Salaita was fired, outside all ordinary academic procedure and on a racist basis, by the President of the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana.  A Palestinian-American, his work focuses on indigenous people.  He was hired with tenure in the Indigenous Studies Department at UICU from a tenured position at Virginia Tech.  Faculty members – …

A poem by Celia Gilbert: Leaving Van Gogh

    Several fine poems, paintings and stories of Celia Gilbert can be found at the Tower Journal here, here, here,  here and here. ***     “Leaving Van Gogh” has a stunning sense of the color of emotions feeding and fueling loneliness. *** LEAVING VAN GOGH Twilight, she feels her way down the museum stepsstill dazzled by …

Democratic Vision in Obama’s Selma Speech

      Obama has a larger and more democratic vision of politics than other mainstream (oligarchically-funded) politicians.  That was true in the organization of his 2008 campaign – the role of mass support, even including email commentary on some issues – though it was quickly dropped when he became President.  But that vision reappears, more sharply …

Video of the Bonnycastle Lecture, University of Winnipeg: “Founding Amnesias: Bondage and Genocide from the American Revolution to Ferguson and Africville”

     On February 11, I gave the Bonnycastle Lecture in honor of Black History Month on “Founding Amnesias: Bondage and Genocide from the American Revolution to Ferguson and Africville”  at the University of Winnipeg, sponsored by the Political Science and History Departments, the H. Sanford Riley Center for Canadian History, the Faculty of Arts, …

poem: fall

                                    for Brent Learned A faint of sky a herd of clatter I will bluemen see you swordbrandished motherandchild soon