My black face fades,
hiding inside the black granite.
I said I wouldn't,
dammit: No tears.
I'm stone. I'm flesh.
My clouded reflection eyes me
like a bird of prey, the profile of night
slanted against morning. I turn
this way--the stone lets me go.
I turn that way--I'm inside
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
again, depending on the light
to make a difference.
I go down the 58,022 names,
half-expecting to find
my own in letters like smoke.
I touch the name Andrew Johnson;
I see the booby trap's white flash.
Names shimmer on a woman's blouse
but when she walks away
the names stay on the wall.
Brushstrokes flash, a red bird's
wings cutting across my stare.
The sky. A plane in the sky.
A white vet's image floats
closer to me, then his pale eyes
look through mine. I'm a window.
He's lost his right arm
inside the stone. In the black mirror
a woman's trying to erase names:
No, she's brushing a boy's hair.
Efterklang, according to the band’s Wikipedia entry, means either Remembrance or Reverberation. Or literally, After-Sound. Maybe multiple meanings is intentional. I had no idea what any of the voices, though I’m sure they were singing in English at least most of the time, were saying. This is their first LP, from 2004. They’ve worked with my favorite pianist Nils Frahm, and made a movie with Vincent Moon (the guy behind take-away shows) and a shit-load of other people from what I’ve gathered. Tripper has a lot to offer, but I’ll admit it spends most of it’s time focused on beautiful, shining textures. They start simple. Smooth little synths and airy pads drenched in “Reverberation”, which constantly recalled Kid A, and then show a mature ability to compose and use cinematic arrangement of strings to keep the space growing. The vocals span several male and female singers, full choir groups, and constantly perform clear, intentional harmonies. They are constantly playing with space in these songs, smooth vacant landscapes warm into pulsing electronica at every turn. At moments the juxtaposition between digital chirps and acoustic performance is a bit jarring, but it sure captivated me. Enjoy.
Shrugging, I gift her my laugh. Its lift so staggering. Overcomes her. She hyperventilates. Bends agonized. What hurt I deliver with just a hatless shuffleandflap. When suddenly by a wild of only Wind, I strangely blurt: —I Promise I’ll never leave you. Flash follows, searing lime to wide. Fascinating. She curtsies. —I’m Hailey. Hi.
a lot about Invisible Children’s critics, and I feel exactly the same. The Kony 2012 campaign is more than just an effort to get rid of this one bad guy. I really think the new film is spot-on. Ignoring the first cut and the organization’s plan while criticizing them for this video is pathetic. Feel free to argue with me about it on here, I feel like I’ve got more than enough details and logic to at least ease a mind or two. This is a model of what information on a massive scale can do, and the only critiques I’ve read so far are disturbingly based on rhetoric and ignore what this movement is about. The national conversation is treating this like a new issue, how absurd is that? I’m so proud of IC for bringing this kind of attention to it. Getting caught up in the things you didn’t like about Kony 2012’s presentation is irrelevant. They brought this to the world’s conversation, and I’m ready to chip in a little bit to see their plan given a shot. Lets make an example of this guy, and lets hope it works. If this many people, regardless of any other detail about them, can force our leadership into action… maybe there actually is a chance to fight these kinds of evils. We can’t let wars where children are forced to fight or whole peoples are exterminated happen. Lets give it every effort to see if this social media strategy works. We shouldn’t be willing to stop for anything. Darfur, Rwanda, Pol Pot, The Holocaust, countless others… we still feel the weight of these tragedies. Why are people ridiculing the guys who just want to stop this kind of evil? Our interconnected world might be an actual solution. This is just an invitation. If you have concerns, lets discuss them.
p.s. having a movement focus on one particular issue, which if you believe those critical of Kony 2012 shouldn’t be that hard to fix, is not diminishing the value of any other human life lost to right’s violations elsewhere in the world. If you care about one of those causes, focus on them instead.
Invisible Children is AWARE that the LRA isn’t in Uganda anymore. They do, however, still pose a risk to 4 African countries including Uganda. One of IC’s goals is cooperation between these nations to bring down Kony. The argument that Kony doesn’t need to be brought to justice just because he isn’t in Uganda makes absolutely no sense to me.