Monday, July 10, 2023

Corners On The Curving Sky

Our earth is round, and, among other things, that means that you and I can hold completely different points of view and both be right.  The difference of our positions will show stars in your window I cannot even imagine.  Your sky may burn with light, while mine, at the same moment, spreads beautiful to darkness.  Still we must choose how we separately corner the circling universe of our experience.  Once chosen, our cornering will determine the message of any star and darkness we encounter.  These poems speak to philosophy; they reveal the corners where we organize what we know.

-- June Millicent Jordan (1936 - 2002), African-American bisexual political activist, writer, poet, essayist, and teacher, born in Harlem, New York, to Jamaican immigrants, Introduction to the "Corners on the Curving Sky" section of the book Soulscript (1970) compiled by Jordan

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