Update 2016

Dear Anne,

I suppose it’s time for my yearly update,
there has been very little change,
genocide, taking new shape in political discourse,
“foreign policy,”
“national security,”
buzz words feeding bodies to the buzzards,
people live in terror,
just different communities of people,
many breaths spent on discussing solutions,
diplomacy through the lens of institutional elitists,
I worry about the state of things,
as I always do,
cuts to social services,
no disruption to military spending,
educational crisis,
forms of knowledge not seen as valuable,
high quality research that cannot be quantified,
we prefer to count things in numbers,
much easier to count dead bodies than transcribe experiences.

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