"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Friday 6 November 2020
The time of Monsters
morning I received an email from Edwin Maynard, a poet/photographer friend
of mine, who visited me when I was living in Mostar in the 90s. Today
he lives in California. He wrote this:
have a neighbour who has been flying a large TRUMP 2020 KEEP AMERICA
GREAT flag near our driveway and another neighbour on an adjacent
driveway who was toting an assault rifle the other day to deter a
small (mostly White) unarmed Black Lives Matter demonstration that
passed by along a nearby street. The demo consisted of around 30
people tailed by four police cars. And this is regarded as a
‘progressive’ Democrat-voting state!”
included a pdf of his recently published, ‘Squaring the Circle’,
a book of photos and poems. It opens with a great poem about Mostar,
but this one caught my attention.
days of toxic rain
the madman in the White House
set lose again
his evangelical henchmen
low and exonerate themselves
vacant words in the Senate
streets are empty at this hour
from the circling pickup trucks
the lone SUV with the license-tag sting
populace is silenced
sealed away behind screens
and hatred are the entrails
in the tyrant’s
'Sympathy for the Devil'
at the rallying call
the festval of lies.
words from the bully pulpit,
above the law,
walls, wars, disinformation, ostracisms,
eucharist of dominion
the sodden ashes
I write this we don’t yet know if this tyrant will be removed from
his ‘bully pulpit’, but am I alone in thinking that there are
parallels between the bully and the Bullingon? Yes, I know. Boris
Johnson has been to Eton and can speak in Latin .
am reading a lot of tweets and blogs extolling the superiority of us
Brits in our scorn for the illiterate and humourless President, but
is the ability of our leader to say, ‘rideat non possum’ a cause
for smiling relief?
the USA any chance of a social reformist leadership was put paid to
with the replacement of Sanders with Biden. In this country we have
had the same result with, in the words of conservative commentator, Peter Oborne, the ‘political assassination of Jeremy Corbyn’ and his
replacement with Starmer, In the USA there are attempts to stop votes being counted, Here the
general secretary of the Labour Party has informed party members
imperiously that, 'You will not discuss the suspension of Jeremy
UK establishment are, in many ways, a lot more secure than their
American partners. This is what Theresa May told Jeremy Corbyn in
Parliament in 2015,“We will never allow you to rule”. That is
perfidious Albion with all its born to rule arrogance.
perfidiousness has been spotlighted most clearly by those who have lived
and stuggled against oppressions in its greatest extremities.
are former ANC government minister Ronnie Kasrils who is Jewish;
Pallo Jordan who narrowly escaped assassination by the bomb that
killed anti-apartheid academic Ruth First and Mandela advisor
Ismail Ebrahim who served 35 years in prison on Robben Island for his
anti-apartheid activism. Former ANC MP Andrew Feinstein, who lost
family members in the Holocaust, has also added his support.
says, “We are aware of the machinations within the Labour Party to
conduct a witch-hunt against Corbyn and those who support him. The
charges of anti-semitism that have been levelled against him are
patently unjust and morally groundless.”
Gramsci was correct that now indeed is the time of monsters, but it
is also the time to bring about the birth of a new world.