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JOY . . . when the heart is not calcified and there is no moratorium on forgiveness

JOY . . . when the heart is not calcified and there is no moratorium on forgiveness

forgiveness, Forgiveness, injustice, social justice
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi, All Men are Brothers: Autobiographical Reflections “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”C.S. Lewis “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” Martin Luther King Jr. “To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” G.K. Chesterton When I wrote a post to support an imprisioned poet I got some flack ... This poet needs our help: SPOON JACKSON, imprisoned for 41 years or a crime he committed at 19 is still writing poetry and now asking for help to get commutation The argum
Kneeling As A Seditious Act

Kneeling As A Seditious Act

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Breitbart recently carried a story about three Miami Dolphins players (wide receiver Kenny Stills, receiver Albert Wilson, and defensive end Robert Quinn) who either took a knee or raised a fist in response to the playing of the National Anthem. Predictably enough, Breitbart excoriated the three players participating in the protest for their ostensible disrespect for the Flag, the Nation, the Armed Forces, … you know … the usual litany of synthetic outrage.  Which got me to thinking … it might be interesting to indulge in a purely speculative thought experiment about the way events might unfold, in this instance and in all other instances of NFL players kneeling in response to the Anthem in an alternate parallel Universe. Thought experiments – or gedanken experiments – have a long and
JOY  IN SPEAKING TRUTH to power,  a crucial role in the face of political and media rhetoric designed to obscure, manipulate, or worse

JOY IN SPEAKING TRUTH to power, a crucial role in the face of political and media rhetoric designed to obscure, manipulate, or worse

Joy, Resistance, social justice
OVER THE PAST WEEK, I've been inviting all Facebook friends - and this post is an open invitation - whether you are poets or not - to Like 100,000 Poets (and friends) for Change 2018 GLOBAL EVENT. Of course, there's no obligation to do so, however given the state of the world at this time, it's important to throw our energy and support behind this effort. It sends out a message to those who . . .  use their power to harm people, culture and environment, to the folks on the run who don't know we care, and to each other that we are together - have one another - in support of PEACE, SUSTAINABILITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE. Really I think we outnumber the bad guys. We just don't get the press. We have to make our own. FROM MICHAEL ROTHENBERG: "Do you want to join other poets, m