[Marxism] Reminder: The program to honor D.H. Melhem will be this coming Saturday.
george.snedeker at verizon.net
Wed Jun 4 14:07:12 MDT 2014
I hope some members of the Marxmail list will attend the program for D. H. Melhem this Saturday. Her son and daughter will both be at the program. I will paste two poems from Melhem's last book below:
The poems appeared in D. H. Melhem, Art and Politics / Politics and Art (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2010), pages 59 and 23, respectively. © Syracuse University Press. Reproduced with permission from the publisher. - V.W.
It takes a special pain to sing the blues.
--Raymond R. Patterson,
I think there is a massacre going on.
Yes, I think there is a massacre going on.
Small puffs of smoke are veiling
the bombers' harm you've done.
You can't hear any screaming
or any human cry
You can't hear any curse or prayer.
Your plane is up too high.
The terror you're inspiring
will haunt you by and by.
Will shame you by and by.
And we are up there with you
bought your speed and place
among the mighty minions
of violence and disgrace.
Bought your fiery station
in violence and disgrace.
Young people blow themselves up
to make their bodies speak.
Break up into ruddy sparks
to let their bodies speak.
They heard that right is mighty,
saw earth inherit the meek.
Pray to the spirit of Gandhi,
of Martin Luther King.
May all the gods of Mercy
steady each heart to sing
of justice, peace, and wisdom
laboring faith can bring.
Justice, peace, and wisdom
common love can bring.
I'm holding on to the rail, the ride is so fast.
Yes-let's hold on tightly as we watch
the waters rise from melting polar icecaps
where bears float off on floes abducting them-
mystified, diving toward caverns of the sea.
And at an aftertime we'll wonder, too
(a trifle late) where we should emigrate
and just how far inland, and whether erratic
weather will loose a feral vengeance
like downtown floods we fled to higher ground
uptown, and now once more must flee, abandoning
submerged real estate and soggy towers,
address of sharks and whales and bloated bears
and plankton's avid genes where we began
and might begin again, and then might not.
*A TRIBUTE TO D. H. MELHEM*
Saturday, June 7, 2014
3-5pm with Reception to Follow
10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282
The life of writer, poet, scholar and political activist D. H. Melhem will
be celebrated at a memorial celebration on June 7, 2014 at Poet's House in
New York City.
The program will include tributes from writers, poets, performers and
social activists, including Dorothy Friedman August, Vinie Burrows,
Hannelore Hahn , Rashidah Ismaili, Donald Lev, Karen Malpede, Robert Roth,
Susan Sherman, Quincy Troupe, Victor Wallis and Steve Zeitlin.
The tribute will run from 3-5pm, with a reception following. The public is
invited and there is no charge.
*About D. H. Melhem*
Beloved New York writer and poet D. H. Melhem, Ph.D., who passed away June
15, 2013, published eight books of poetry spanning four decades. Of her
scholarly works,* Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry and the Heroic Voice*, was the
first comprehensive study of the renowned American poet. *Heroism in the
New Black Poetry: Introductions and Interviews* focused on six leading
black poets of the 1970s and 1980s, and was honored with an American Book
In addition, Melhem authored over 70 essays, edited two anthologies, and
wrote* Children of the House Afire*, a musical drama based on her poems
about Manhattan's West Side. Her *Notes on 94th Street *(1972; 1979) was
the first poetry book published in English by an Arab American woman.
Melhem graduated cum laude with a B.A. from New York University, received
her master's degree in English at City College and her doctoral degree in
English and American literature at the Graduate Center of the City
University of New York. She was a longtime board member of the
International Women's Writing Guild, a member of Pen & Brush, PEN, and many
other organizations. She also served as poetry editor for the journal
& Democracy*. Information at *www.dhmelhem.com <http://www.dhmelhem.com/>*
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