Poetics: the fertility of just struggles

In a journal called A Poetics of Resistance ‘Womens Writing in El Salvador, South Africa and the U.S. by Mary K.DeShazer, the emminent writer, activist Alice Walker writes this poem:

“We alone can devalue gold

by not caring / if it falls or rises

in the market place

Whereever there is gold / there is a chain, you know

Feathers, shells & sea shaped stones are all as rare.

This could be our revolution

to love what is plentiful as much

as what’s scarce.”


This poem to me is the truth laid bare and deals with the core of socio-economic justice.

The things we have allowed ourselves to value are what imprison us in a cycle of poverty. . . yet we have a choice.



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