‘No path to heaven / except through this dirt’

My title is from the poem by Philip Metres, “Never Describe the Sky as Azure,” in Poetry, September 2021.

A Reservation Over the Fist

Resisting the repressive Texas governocracy is of the essence. Are fisting poses ginned up for camera bytes effective for that?

Organizing and training specialist with Planned Parenthood Texas Votes Barbie H. leads a chant during the “Bans Off Our Bodies” protest at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas on September 1, 2021. Credit… Montinique Monroe for The New York Times. [Photo from Maureen Dowd, “Drowning Our Future in the Past,” NYTimes, 9-4-21]

Where Poetry Is Dangerous

… In cracking down on free expression, the authorities have muzzled the region’s poets, practitioners of a centuries-long tradition.

(Sameer Yasir, “As Kashmir Crackdown Endures, Poets Stifle Their Verses,” NYTimes, 9-4-21)
“We are not allowed to breathe until and unless we breathe as per the rules and the wishes of the government,” said Zabirah, a Kashmiri poet who uses only one name. Credit… Showkat Nanda for The New York Times.

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You

… A website set up to facilitate enforcement of [Texas “heartbeat bill”] SB 8… invited users to upload “evidence” that SB 8 was being violated, while guaranteeing users’ anonymity…

(Jon Michaels and David Noll, “We Are Becoming a Nation of Vigilantes,” NYTimes, 9-4-21)
Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.

(c) 2021 JMN — EthicalDative. All rights reserved

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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