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November 13, 2022


Brilliant witty and most important poem and grand mural illustration. Thanks a million!

shut like a purse

around an old watch

that still keeps time

YAY for that!
And I tune in every Sunday for "that" and my ART FIX from curator Winch.

Thanks, Grace. Always good to see you here.

"White people are weird

with their vitamin D

and sunravaged skin.

So far from an equator

it’s hard to walk the line

in a cleaved world."

She hooked me with those lines, made me read the poem again because of those lines. The poem's images are haunting and keep pulling me in.

Maureen McLane is an outstanding talent, and this is a good example of her intelligence and ambition. But though I share Richard Vargas's enthusiasm, I have this reservation. If the passage he quoted began with "Black people are weird," you may be sure that, regardless of what follows, people would object.

"the Europa unbombed now for years," "drawn gaunt faces / shut like a purse / around an old watch," the images of this poem keep steadily adding to such a vivid picture of a people's shared life. Nice choice by a fine poet of one equally strong.

I too like my history with wordplay: kitsch/ditch, hung low/rode high, gaud/gaunt.

This wonderful poem and the accompanying art sends a powerful message.

Thanks to Maureen and Terence for another terrific poem to steer by!

Omg I relate to this entirely. And it is wise and ripe without being pedantic. Slainte, lass, and the grand lad Terence

You can't have too many Maureens.

Thanks, Clarinda!

The poet portrays a Belfast that is active and peaceful and she wants Belfastians to continue that way by burying the pseudonyms that bespeak conflict. Her fellow citizens needn't be determined by their past, any more than Scarlett was or even horses are. But obstacles remain, typified by too much sun, unclear paths, a smashed window or marchers who gather even now with hidden hostility.

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