They say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
single mother three children
living with her parents to survive.
A girl working two jobs,
seven days a week,
saving to go to school.
abuse victim, a decade later;
trying to prove to her mother,
it’s not her fault.
whose partner is concerned
about blood pressure, diet,
shortness of breath.
Child in a grown body,
with a woman’s years,
trying too grab the attention of men
who look like the picture of her father.
Bag lady, your eyes tell stories
of glory, despair, success, failure
deceit, withdrawn ineptness.
Grandmother falls from her bed in the home.
Daughter does not sue—
tired of the long drives every month.
Life does not make you less beautiful.
Bermuda born Dane Swan was shortlisted for Scarborough Arts’ Monica Ladell Award in 2013. In 2011, his collection of poems Bending the Continuum (Guernica Editions) was a recommended midsummer read by Open Book Toronto. In February 2014 Dane shall be the monthly Writer-In-Residence for Open Book Toronto.
Last week, Luis Fortuño, the former Republican pro-statehood governor of Puerto Rico, was interviewed by PJ Media in Washington, D.C after an appearance at George Washington University. Fortuño has been living in the DC area since losing his re-election bid in 2012. The question of Puerto Rico’s status question (of course) was discussed, but the context of the issue was little bit different. Here is the full audio of the comments with PJ Media.
According to Fortuño, statehood for Puerto Rico should the priority for the U.S. Congress before immigration reform:
“In the case of the Puerto Rican citizens that reside in Puerto Rico, you are dealing with American citizens, natural-born American citizens, so if you’re ever going to deal with illegal immigrants, which is, I’m not saying you should never deal with the issue, but shouldn’t you first deal with your own?”
You can read the rest of his comments here.
What do you think of Fortuño’s views? Realistic? Divisive? True or out of touch? Let us know below.
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Haitian Vodou is a religion that is very misunderstood. Slaves were brought to the Caribbean against their will and forbidden to practice their traditional African religions as well as forced to convert to the religion of their masters. The Bond movie/Eurocentric/Americanized viewpoint presents Vodou as an evil, primitive version of witchcraft. But it’s a religion like any other, with a moral code, gods and goddesses. Many ceremonies deal with protection from evil spirits.
In addition, the “voodoo doll” itself has been misconstrued. In Haiti, it was traditional to nail small handmade puppets or dolls to trees near graveyards; these small figures were meant to act as messengers to the spirit world, and contact dead loved ones. It’s safe to imagine that European folks didn’t understand this — and assumed an evil intent behind a doll with nails in its body.”