Mother preparing anti-teargas solution for her daughters who go to protest at Gezi Park.
"What men can do to “protect” us is to check out the ways in which they put down and intimidate women…"
The Combahee River Collective. 1979. ‘8 Black Women, Why Did They Die?’ Radical America 13.5: 46. (via james-bliss)
NINETEEN SEVENTY NINE
A female musher participates in a dog sled race through Nome, Alaska, March 1919.
Photograph by Thomas A. Ross, National Geographic
The White House has disinvited the poets
to a cultural tea in honor of poetry
after the Secret Service got wind of a plot
to fill Mrs. Bush’s ears with anti-war verse.
Were they afraid the poets might persuade
a sensitive girl who always loved to read,
a librarian who stocked the shelves with Poe
and Dickinson? Or was she herself afraid
to be swayed by the cooing doves, and live at odds
with the screaming hawks in her family?
The Latina maids are putting away the cups
and the silver spoons, sad to be missing out
on música they seldom get to hear
in the hallowed halls… The valet sighs
as he rolls the carpets up and dusts the blinds.
Damn but a little Langston would be good
in this dreary mausoleum of a place!
Why does the White House have to be so white?
The chef from Baton Rouge is starved for verse
uncensored by Homeland Security.
NO POETRY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
Instead the rooms are vacuumed and set up
for closed-door meetings planning an attack
against the ones who always bear the brunt
of silencing: the poor, the powerless,
the ones who serve, those bearing poems, not arms.
So why be afraid of us, Mrs. Bush?
you’re married to a scarier fellow.
We bring you tidings of great joy—
not only peace but poetry on earth.
“The White House Has Disinvited The Poets” by Julia Alvarez. Alvarez wrote this piece after Laura Bush, wife of then-president George W. Bush, cancelled a tea for poets because many quest speakers planned on protesting the War on Iraq. (via reclaimingthelatinatag)
Love Julia Alvarez
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