Straight black coats, all designer finished,
still full of the cold air, hold the shape
of the long limbs, square chests.
The eye ascends
and suddenly everyone swells
taller, broader and swinging through a canvas
of mahogany and grey, figures elongated
and grotesque. Bodies slouched in S-curves,
draped boneless over leather chairs
or clad in priceless, mythical furs.
Each turn, a new trail -
acrid liquids and sour breath,
a glass bowl blooming with Peruvian lilies
in impossible pigments, striped and spotted
like the hide of slinking beasts.
On each wall are tapestries of autumn shades
bronze and dark oxidized contours,
touched with flecks of gold, real gold,
and a monstrous red. Rakish women,
collar crisp and eyes all liquid,
seem made of frozen oil paint,
curling smoke and polished marble
with ears teasing melody from dissonance.
Here in the periphery
The Carnival of Animals
plays circles in my mind,
one glass pane away
from sharp Northern wind.
This week, India became the first Asian nation to reach Mars when its orbiter entered the planet’s orbit on Wednesday — and this is the picture that was seen around the world to mark this historic event. It shows a group of female scientists at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) congratulating one another on the mission’s success.
The picture was widely shared on Twitter where Egyptian journalist and women’s rights activist Mona El-Tahawy tweeted: “Love this pic so much. When was the last time u saw women scientists celebrate space mission?”
In most mission room photos of historic space events or in films about space, women are rarely seen, making this photo both compelling and unique. Of course, ISRO, like many technical agencies, has far to go in terms of achieving gender balance in their workforce. As Rhitu Chatterjee of PRI’s The World observed in an op-ed, only 10 percent of ISRO’s engineers are female.
This fact, however, Chatterjee writes, is “why this new photograph of ISRO’s women scientists is invaluable. It shatters stereotypes about space research and Indian women. It forces society to acknowledge and appreciate the accomplishments of female scientists. And for little girls and young women seeing the picture, I hope it will broaden their horizons, giving them more options for what they can pursue and achieve.”
To read Chatterjee’s op-ed on The World, visit http://bit.ly/1u3fvGZ
Photo credit: Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images
If it was all a dark place up in some country I don’t know
and there’s a fire in a pit, and a few folk on logs talking, crossing their legs,
the smoke going up towards the stars, the firesparks going up towards the stars
and if I had this for a short period of time, knowing in the morning there would be a change, a return to my own country quite far away
and no one dominating my time
and someone not at all looking for praise is on a guitar and their equally mute friend is on the accordion
well that could just be the thing.
It’s just shit, growing up. Being a teenager is just not an easy thing to go through. You just want to say to someone who’s a teenager now, ‘If you get out the other side, I’m not even saying that it’s going to be better, but it’s going to be over.’
I would like to watch someone roll a cigarette
while we sit at a bus shelter
in an out-of-season seaside town with the wind whipping everywhere
but in the bus station a calm cold air
as my friend concentrates on her task and we talk a little
the sea going in and out grey over grey rough sand
I didn’t know her, therefore Wikipedia:
Lucy (or Lucia) Eldine Gonzalez was born around 1853 in Texas, likely as a slave, to parents of Native American, Black American and Mexican ancestry. In 1871 she married Albert Parsons, a former Confederate soldier. They were forced to flee from Texas north by intolerant reactions to their interracial marriage.
Described by the Chicago Police Department as “more dangerous than a thousand rioters” in the 1920s, Parsons and her husband had become highly effective anarchist organizers primarily involved in the labor movement in the late 19th century, but also participating in revolutionary activism on behalf of political prisoners, people of color, the homeless and women.
“more dangerous than a thousand rioters” fuck yeah.
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Unlike the magic of wizards, the magic of witches did not usually involve the application much raw power. The difference is between hammers and levers. Witches generally tried to tried to find the small point where a little change made a lot of result. To make an avalanche one could shake the mountain, or maybe you can just find exactly the right place to drop a snowflake.
prescribing myself reading
and buying mouthwash
and think of films to watch