Saturday, October 22, 2005

Letter: Breyten Breytenbach

Breyten Breytenbach was declared a "terrorist" and imprisoned in South Africa for his anti-apartheid activities. His "letter" was written at the beginning of the war but has not been previously widely published in the U.S. —Ed.

LETTER TO MY AMERICAN FRIEND:

Dakar, 8 March 2003
Joe, please receive these random thoughts at countdown time. It is the eighth of March. In a few days, it now seems certain and ineluctable, thousands of people will die stupidly and violently. Nothing new. The human species is dumb though sly and violent though tender. read more at Poets against the War

7 comments:

Catreona said...

Do we have consensus that it would be a good idear to add Poets against War to our links list, right under TruthOut?

I ask, since it may be that some members feel uneasy about this.

mprov13 said...

sure.

listener said...

Ah, Catreona! Great to see the water lily up! :)

Catreona said...

Sure thing, listener. It has lovely colors, that go nicely with the template, and they encouraged me to be a bit more imaginative with the links.

Ahem, the motion before the blog is whetehr it is appropriate to link to Poets against War. We have two yeighs so far. Do you vote yeigh or neigh?

Donno how other people feel, but I don't feel comfortable with this till all seven members have voted. *scratches head* Donno why. I didn't ask for a vote on your water lilly or the otehr links. *shrug* It just feels like the kind of thing we ought to come to consensus or clearness or something about.

listener said...

YEAH ~ I'm okay with linking to poets against the war, being a poet who is against the war (even though I usually write about other things).

In Breytenbach's letter, these lines leapt up and met my heart in midleap:

"You won't catch me on any front. Like you, I hope, I too will be sitting on the outskirts watching from the bleachers and puking in my paper bag."

"Let's stay in contact. Let's survive."

Ah yes, so familiar...
hence the DEAN blogs.

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