From the Highline


Zoe Leonard’s installation along the High Line, Manhattan. Photo: Timothy Schenck

June Hirsh sent us today’s selection– a poem written by the artist, Zoe Leonard.

Here is what June wrote about the poem:

I saw this poem as an installation posted on the side of a large brick wall on the High Line – it was weather beaten and all tattered. When I first read this poem, I was very touched and also disturbed.  Disturbed when it seems every regressive policy, every cut back, every attack on human rights, growing hunger, the abandonment of poor and working people – nationally and internationally – is being blamed on Trump and on the Republican Party. Then I saw this poem was dated 1992. Bi-partisan complicity – history and food for thought. The time is ripe–build the independent political movement! “



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3 thoughts on “From the Highline

  1. Thank you, June, for sharing this with us. Sadly, even though it was on my agenda, I missed the High Line during my recent visit to attend our amazing conference. Your observation is highly instructive. Blindness and myopia have been part of our political culture for a long time. You are right. The challenge and the opportunity for the independent movement are clear and critical to reducing the complicity you join with Zoe in calling out. The problem with food for thought is that we often choke on it. Perhaps we can do something about that–finally. Well, more than perhaps.

    1. Thank you Al, So good to read your words. It was wonderful seeing you at our inspiring National Conference of Independents.

      Well, more than perhaps-together I think we are..💐June

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