Wise Words for Troubled Times….

There are times when the troubles swirling around us seem overwhelming. When the last thing we seem able to do is stop and see with openness and clarity.  When in the midst of chaos, active, in-the-streets resistence looms paramount while art – and philosophy – often feel like rarified responses. In the recent issue of Poet’s Country Sam O’Hana sits down with American philosopher and gender theorist, Judith Butler to discuss an analysis of poetry at Guantanamo and International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs. Judith offers the following on just why and how we need art so badly in times like these. [Read the whole interview if you can – or at least part of it edited for Lit Hub. I’ve known Judith since we went to college together. Her words are always fascinating, thought provoking, and well worth your time.]

“Finally, it is hard to stay sensate during these times, to see and feel and hear what is happening. There is always the temptation to turn it all off, to exit, to suspend the knowledge of reality, to take leave. In some ways, literature and the arts help to make the world bearable so that we can tarry there longer with the desire to know and understand, to engage, and to transform what calls to be transformed.”

 

…Judith Butler, Philosopher/Gender Theorist
Poet’s Country No.2

 

 

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“Take Your Broken Heart….”

In a world that has felt crazy and out of control for a while now, it is a true delight to know that there are women in the world like the radiant Viola Davis and the incomparable Meryl Streep. Their words from this year’s Golden Globe Awards are both touching and eloquent. Faced with the reality into which we are all about to be plunged, Meryl Streep’s words resonate profoundly. They bear listening to and repeating again and again.

To be used in a piece with the same title on Expats Post on Wednesday 11th January 2017

July 4th 1776 We hold these Truths…

we the people glasses & feather quill

the declaration of independence we hold these...

True independence and freedom can only exist
in doing what’s right.

voice of freedom (c) kiley 16

“Without freedom their is no art.” – Camus

Posted on July 4th 2016 on ‘the secret keeper’