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London is an ... "Art of Pariahs"

Creato il 05 agosto 2011 da Memole
I have been studying in the British Library for the past two weeks and I will for the following weeks. I have been working on an essay on transnationality and as London inspires me I have been very busy writing.
I'll post here one of my favourite poems from Meena Alexander's book "The Shock of Arrival".
Art of Pariahs
Back against the kitchen stoveDraupadi sings:
In my head Beirut still burns.*
The Queen of Nubia, of God's Upper Kingdom,the Rani of Jhansi, transfigured, raising her sword,are players too. They have entered with meinto North America and share these walls.
We make up an art of pariahs:
Two black children spray painted white,their eyes burning, a white child raped in a carfor her pale skin's sake,an Indian child stoned by a bus shelter,they thought her white in twilight.
Someone is knocking and knockingbut Draupadi will not let him in.She squats by the stove and sings:
The Rani shall not sheathe her swordnor Nubia's queen restrain her elephantstill tongues of fire wrap a tender blue,a second skin, a solace to our children.
Come walk with me toward a broken wall- Beirut still burns - carved into its face.Outcastes all, let's conjure honey scraped from stones,an underground railroad stacked with rainbow skin,Manhattan's mixed rivers rising.

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