By Mark Ludwig
An exploration of freedom via many of the world's so much celebrated poets, released for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camps
The yr 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi focus camps and the belief of the second one global warfare. yet around the globe, oppressed and imprisoned everyone is nonetheless eager for freedom and asking, "What does it suggest to be free?" This choice of poems explores that question.
In honor of this anniversary, a number of the world's best modern voices--including Rita Dove, Robert Pinsky, Jay Parini, Yusef Komunyakaa, Agi Mishol, Tsering Woeser, Han Dong, Ernesto Santana, and Richard Blanco--have written poems at the topic of liberation because it conjures up them for my part and creatively. the majority of their poems are released for the 1st time during this volume.
The result's an inventive illustration of the common longing for freedom from twenty-five...
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This is what you’re thinking. Thinking drives you nuts these days, all that talk about rights and law abidance when you can’t even walk your own neighborhood in peace and quiet, get your black ass gone. You’re thinking again. Then what? Matlock’s on TV and here you are, vigilant, weary, exposed to the elements on a wet winter’s evening in Florida when all’s not right but no one sees it. Where are they – the law, the enforcers blind as a bunch of lazy bats can be, holsters dangling from coat hooks above their desks as they jaw the news between donuts?
Along my way are those repairing shoes, making keys, setting out to mine ore or build dams: Hardworking migrants on their daily round— Been up for hours, like the Chinese steamed buns awaiting hungry prospectors. At every intersection stand extra cops (the special ones in black uniforms) Back to back, girded with shinguards, gripping shields and weapons; And at countless observation posts you’re surrounded by spies and surveillance cameras, For to one side there are always a few men smoking and casting glances, ready to tail anyone who doesn’t follow the script.
They’re scantily clad in cheap undershirts of gaudy red and green, With a cord round their necks, as if two poor souls had hanged themselves on the security grille. Did the shopkeeper think anyone would make off with them? At Dzongyab Lukhang, often I linger To drink in such news and gossip as is still shared there in the mother tongue. But today the scene makes me shut my eyes tight: In the background, a ray of light falls precisely on the Potala and catches, Jabbed into the top of it, a red flag with five stars —The murder weapon, revealed.