I live in Baltimore.



I hear President Obama say
he thinks Israel has a right
to defend itself. I think,
Me too, I think,

I want to hear Israel
defend itself today.

I don’t want to hear
the number of rockets
Hamas has fired,
I don’t want to hear about
human shields, I want
to hear the reason why
two hundred Palestinian
children were two hundred
too many, the ways
in which they posed a threat.
I want to hear
how many times you can
bomb shelters and
hospitals before someone’s
scream that this
is no accident
 is heard, I want
to hear Israel’s defense
above the noise it makes
while crushing another
nation into silence.

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a reading by Palestinian poet Rafeef Ziadah, please watch this.

oh! susquehanna

Hence I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.

—Malcom X


Six times as many Palestinians killed over the last 72 hours than all projectiles fired at Israel have killed in 13 years.

just adding that at least 1,592 Palestinians have been killed in the past 25 days, as opposed to 66 Israelis.  About 7 out of 10 Palestinian deaths have been civilians.

(via ramidus)

It was painfully clear to me at those moments that I was not one of the boys, and it worked against me. It still does, in spite of the alleged gains of the women’s movement. In spite of the vague prestige and respect that simply surviving to the frontier of old age brings an artist, and especially a woman artist, in this all-devouring century.

—Diane di Prima

We weren’t easy on each other, any of us.

—Diane di Prima, from Recollections of My Life as a Woman