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For this session we read a poem “Brave World” by Tony Hoagland, posted below.
Our prompt was: “Take us to an unknown shore.”
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"Brave World" by Tony Hoagland But what about the courage of the cancer cell that breaks out from the crowd it has belonged to all its life like a housewife erupting from her line at the grocery store because she just can’t stand the sameness anymore? What about the virus that arrives in town like a traveler from somewhere faraway with suitcases in hand, who only wants a place to stay, a chance to get ahead in the land of opportunity, but who smells bad, talks funny, and reproduces fast? What about the microbe that hurls its tiny boat straight into the rushing metabolic tide, no less cunning and intrepid than Odysseus; that gambles all to found a city on an unknown shore? What about their bill of rights, their access to a full-scale, first-class destiny? their chance to realize maximum potential?-which, sure, will come at the expense of someone else, someone who, from a certain point of view, is a secondary character, whose weeping is almost too far off to hear, a noise among the noises coming from the shadows of any brave new world. Credit: Tony Hoagland