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Introducing ‘racism here apartheid there’

17 Mar

Europe, by Mazisi Kunene

apocalypse fire

Europe, your foundations

Are laid on rough stone.

Your heart is like cobwebs

That dry in the desert.

Your children fill us with fear:

They are like the young of the puff adder

Who devour the flesh of their parent.

Once I believed the tales.

Once I believed you had breasts

Over-flowing with milk.

I saw you rushing with books

From which the oracles derive their prophecies.

I heard you in the forest

Crying like wolves,

Breaking the bones of your clans.

I know the hardness of your visions:

You closed the doors

And chose the bridegroom of steel.

You chose her not to love

But because she alone remained

Dedicated to silence.

From her you made your prophecies

And summoned the oracles:

You laughed at the blind men

But you yourself were blind,

Struggling in this great night.

Children have inherited the fire.

They blow its flames to the skies

Burning others in their sleep.

What will the sun say?

The sun will laugh

Because it burnt out cradles from age to age.

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 Mazisi Kunene, (1930-2006) and Mathabo Kunene

Poem translated from Zulu. Kunene, M (1975) ‘Europe’, in Soyinka, W (Ed.), Poems of Black Africa. Ibadan: Heinemann, pp. 20

Review of Michael Carolan’s ‘Embodied Food Politics’

24 Jan

Happy 2013 folks.  May the year bring lots of warmth and happiness to you all.

Apologies for my recent inactivity on this site. This PhD thing has been calling out for maximum attention. But to tie things over until I can get out of my slippers and dressing gown, here are some extracts from a book review that I’ve recently published in Social & Cultural Geography. The subject is embodied food politics and the author is Michael Carolan, an environmental sociologist – currently Professor at Colorado State University.

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Reflecting on Emma Robertson’s ‘Chocolate, Women and Empire’

30 Sep

Emma Robertson. Chocolate, Women and Empire, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009 ISBN: 9780719077777 (cloth).

I’m currently drafting a review for Antipode on Emma Robertson’s book, but as I think its a really good book, I’d like to give you a brief taster of its themes here.

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