@Anarchist_Mallrat thank you for posting this. I needed to read this.
The stanza I love the most in this poem is this:
"If you are a savage, stand up.
If you are a witch, a dark queen, a black knight,
If you are a mummer, a pixie, a sprite,
If you are a pirate, a tomcat, a wright,
If you swear by the moon and you fight the hard fight,
Come stand by me."
It's the 27th of the 5th month of 2020, I'm reading Jong-Ki Lim's "The Fall of Snakes"
It's May 26 today and I'm reading/listening to Angela C. Trudell Vazquez's "Trying to See Auras at the Airport".
Read and hear the #poem read by Tracy K. Smith. Spending the rest of my night thinking about my airport feelings.
Day 145: I am taking to this #poem by David C. Kopaska-Merkel & Kendall Evans titled "In Orbital Mirrors"
Most #sff playing with the trope of interplanetary personal/popular/political communication attempts to show just how fraught it is (Seveneves with the ships getting blocked by the planet & Red Mars with Terran communication blocked by the sun). This poem does it differently: communicating with ourselves is just as fraught. We do not have "truly unitary" selves.
It's May 24, I read Amal El-Mohtar's Rysling Award-winning #poem "Song for an Ancient City"
The version I'm linking includes a parallel translation in Arabic by Oussama El-Mohtar. Don't just look at the two versions in parallel, you should listen to both of them too.
I'm a bit late for May 23, but I'm reading "In the Cult of Nearly-Lost Dreams" by Tamara Jerée
This brilliant #poem is doubly apt for my reading today: the thought of becoming other people's dreams, and also since I'm trying to fix my sleep cycle away from being a nightowl.
It's May 22 and I read "La Belle est La Bête" by Milouchkna.
The best thing about this #poem is it was a conversation reflecting on the past experience where two people who had a poor opinion of themselves fell for each other.
Eco, Libraries, Teachers, Essential workers, Heroism, and Ur-Fascism
Whenever I see reopening calls for librarians or teachers to be heroes, I think of Eco's essay on Ur-Fascism.
"In such a perspective everybody is educated to become a hero. In every mythology the hero is an exceptional being, but in Ur-Fascist ideology, heroism is the norm. This cult of heroism is strictly linked with the cult of death."
@dani It's great. The third is the one about the Exodans. I'm re-reading the whole series since I fell in love with a number of characters and just wanna go thru those emotions again.
Translator (he/they) of short scifi fiction and poetry (mostly into Arabic) and academic.
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