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The New Yorker Cover - 6/22/2020

 

 

I AM

A Man

 

I have been beseeched 

by the neglect, retrenched,

regardless of the content of my character

all of my life.

 

You know we are not asking for much. 

They wanted that, they did this, to whom,

and why. 

A white writer wrote in the Novel, 

A Light in August, shades of life

that reappear, that in absolute tone

illustrate what was never addressed

in any history book taught in public

schools.

". . .in August in Mississippi there’s a few days somewhere about the middle of the month when suddenly there’s a foretaste of fall, it’s cool, there’s a lambence, a soft, a luminous quality to the light, as though it came not from just today but from back in the old classic times. It might have fauns and satyrs and the gods and—from Greece, from Olympus in it somewhere. It lasts just for a day or two, then it’s gone. . .the title reminded me of that time, of a luminosity older than our Christian civilization." William Faulkner said of his novels title.

And yet, there is a reason, there are many reasons that constantly reappear.

 

We don't talk, as citizens in a real way, in a civic way enough.

Our text books in history are slanted and misrepresent the truth.

Never clearly is our economic system, 

how it has been concocted, how it has neglected

all of us, taught, just the opposite.

 

There is no conservative, no liberal, no race, nor religious

war to win.

There always never was.

 

Peace!

 

 

 

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