Black Poetry : Toni, Toni, Toni

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    1poetsought Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Toni Morrison (Courtesy Alfred A. Knopf)

    Morrison writes:

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    Christmas, the day after, in 2004, following the presidential re-election of George W. Bush.

    I am staring out of the window in an extremely dark mood, feeling helpless. Then a friend, a fellow artist, calls to wish me happy holidays. He asks, “How are you?” And instead of “Oh, fine — and you?”, I blurt out the truth: “Not well. Not only am I depressed, I can’t seem to work, to write; it’s as though I am paralyzed, unable to write anything more in the novel I’ve begun. I’ve never felt this way before, but the election….” I am about to explain with further detail when he interrupts, shouting: “No! No, no, no! This is precisely the time when artists go to work — not when everything is fine, but in times of dread. That’s our job!”

    I felt foolish the rest of the morning, especially when I recalled the artists who had done their work in gulags, prison cells, hospital beds; who did their work while hounded, exiled, reviled, pilloried. And those who were executed.
     
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    Deja vu, to both of you!
     
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