Courtesy of SMBC.
Americans, it seems, would rather let many poor people go hungry than aid those who are “undeserving”: http://ow.ly/rDmZu
Protesters in Kiev tearing down a statue of Lenin.
“Pushkin” by Peter Sacks
from a Boston Review portfolio of South African poetry
[…] This is our legacy, a semblance
of ourselves made permanent and given
to the light that brightens as it vanishes,
a human breath that moves from earth to heaven
returning each time nearer to the truth.
The birches ripple near the iron gate,
a double-headed eagle at the bars,
and from the roof of the red flag of the state.
—To start again now, knowing what deceives
us is a dream of power greater than our own,
the hard white trough of brilliance behind the leaves,
the axe resharpened on its whetting stone.
What is the truth? A scrape of gravel underfoot,
the single body passing once and then it’s gone;
too many dead between us and redemption;
and the stars now breaking into laughter, one by one.
The 2014 “Discovery” Poetry Contest, Deadline January 24 -
Judged by John Ashbery, Susan Mitchell, and Rosanna Warren. Each of four winners is awarded a reading at the Poetry Center (scheduled for May 5, 2014, 8:15 pm), publication in the May/June issue of BR, and $500.
Find complete details and enter online: http://ow.ly/rw5nU
“The Idea” by Mzikayise Mahola
from a Boston Review portfolio of South African Poetry
In the beginning was an idea
It entered a man
Soon grew a root
That began to trouble
Making him restless and rootless.
He began visiting friends
To seek their counsel
Unable to be calmed,
Many became perturbed
And acted strangely.
There were men in the country
Whose peace was disturbed when they heard.
What an idea can do
If it invades the mind.
They began to reason with him
To fight against the thing
Before it got out of hand,
They offered him riches and kingdoms.
When all failed
They removed him
Took him away from the people
Tortured and killed his colleagues.
The idea remained.
“Let’s be puzzled about what seems obvious,” Chomsky suggests. It is hard advice to follow, but it is worth it.
Would it surprise you to learn that students attending traditional, district-run public schools outperform their peers in charter schools and private schools? — Jeffrey Aaron Snyder, Boston Review
Inequality and Segregation by Culture -
Americans as a whole are moving less and less. But where the remaining movers—both those forced by poverty and those liberated by affluence—are moving is reinforcing the economic and, increasingly, the cultural separations among us.