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Dr Vandana Shiva, Rights of Nature and Earth Democracy
Ode to the chair
Pablo Neruda (from Odes to Common Things)
A chair in the jungle:
under the severe lianas
a sacred tree trunk creaks,
tangles of vines press high,
in the shadows
bloody beasts cry out,
majestic leaves descend from the green sky,
the rattles of snakes
quiver like bells.
A bird spanned the sprawling greenness,
like an arrow shot through a flag,
and branches hoisted high their violins.
pray in stillness,
seated on their wild bouquets.
Feet sink into
the black sargasso
of the watery jungle,
into the rainforest’s tumbled clouds.
I only request one thing
for the stranger,
for the desperate
a chair in the tree of chairs,
disheveled and plush,
the velvet of a deep easy chair,
eaten away by creepers.
loving the universe,
for the walkabout man,
Behind thirsty tigers,
bands of bloodthirsty flies,
behind the black expanse
of ghost-ridden leaves,
behind the low waters,
the thicket like iron,
in the middle
of the thunder,
a chair not
only for the weary body’s
but also for everything,
and for everybody,
to renew lost strength,
and for meditation.
War is wide like the light-starved jungle.
“Song of the Law-Abiding Citizen” by June Jordan
“Which Story, What Story, and Whose Story Is Being Told?” Massa’s Gaze: Screenings & Discussions of the Depictions of Slavery in Film & Television (NYC)
“12 Years a Slave Fails to Show Resistance”, Guardian
“The Horrors 12 Years a Slave Couldn’t Tell”, Aljazeera America
“Why I Wouldn’t See 12 Years a Slave With a White Person”, The Atlantic
“How 2013 Became the Year of the Slavery Film”, Daily Beast
‘The Good White Folks of the Academy” Aljazeera America
Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853 (Electronic Edition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997).