Sunday, August 12, 2007

EYES WIDE OPEN to the Diaspora


These photos are from the EYES WIDE OPEN exhibit at Reed College sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. It is a memorial to those who lost their lives in the Iraq war, including boots to honor the fallen soldiers from Oregon and a display that recognizes the more than 100,000 Iraquis that have died in the war.





Audre Lorde wrote a poem that univeralizes Iraq and the human beings these objects once belonged to, for me at least.




Diaspora
Afraid is a country with no exit visas
a wire of ants walking the horizon
embroiders our passports at birth
Johannesburg Alabama
a dark girl flees the cattle prods
skin hanging from her shredded nails
escapes into my nightmare
half and hour before the Shatila dawn
wakes in the well of a borrowed Volkswagen
or a rickety midnight sleeper out of White River Junction
Washington bound again
gulps carbon monoxide in a false-bottomed truck
fording the Braceras Grande
or an up-country river
grenades held dry in a calabash
leaving.

2 comments:

Lacithecat said...

Left you a post on my blog!! Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Laci

Lacithecat said...

Glad you liked it. It seemed like what you were looking for ... and I enjoyed it.