… what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.James Baldwin
this guy. the opening scene of “the vicious kind” completely won me over.
This is the hardest I’ve laughed in a mighty long time.
"Work," by John Engman, from Temporary HelpI wanted to be a rain salesman…but…I am paid to make the screen of my computer glowIn prosperous America, the poet’s economic reality usually involves working a crap job while scribbling nightly in a cheap apartment. Before my pal John Engman suffered a brain aneurysm in his 40s, he toiled in such obscurity. He lived in Minnesota, bussed tables, did standup comedy for a while, taught a class or two at a local community center, but only published two books. From his long-time job as an aide in an adolescent psych ward came poems rich in pathos, each tinged with his signature irony.
"There’s a difference in how different people perceive racial progress. Now, researchers at Stanford and Yale universities, they looked into this. They asked people of different persuasions, different ethnicities: ‘How do you judge racial progress?’ And it turns out that black folks compare where we are now to where we ought to be; this imagined future where we’re all equal. And white folks compare where we are right now to where we used to be; the journey that we made….
For black folks and people of color, racial issues are security goals; they’re as primal as putting food on your table or taking care of your family. Now for a lot of white folks, racial issues are nurturance goals; they’re things you do to make the world a better place. Not quite as primal as a security goal. So, we’re seeing the same data; we’re seeing the same universe, we’re just using different yardsticks to judge it.”
- How to Talk about Race: Eric Deggans at TEDxBloomington
H/T ReBecca Theodore-Vachon