Stephen Narain

"Break a vase," Walcott says, "and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole. The glue that fits the pieces is the sealing of its original shape. It is such a love that reassembles our African and Asiatic fragments, the cracked heirlooms whose restoration shows its white scars. This gathering of broken pieces is the care and pain of the Antilles, and if the pieces are disparate, ill-fitting, they contain more pain than their original sculpture, those icons and sacred vessels taken for granted in their ancestral places. Antillean art is this restoration of our shattered histories, our shards of vocabulary, our archipelago becoming a synonym for pieces broken off from the original continent. And this is the exact process of the making of poetry, or what should be called not its ‘making’ but its remaking, the fragmented memory…"


Photographs of Writers at Work.

Note how many standing desks! See also a great book on the subject, The Writer’s Desk.

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Image: New American Media

An article in The Miami Herald investigates China’s increasingly dominant presence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

An op-ed in The Nassau Guardian by Chinese ambassador to the Bahamas, Yuan Guisen, outlines China’s “1 + 3 + 6” cooperation framework.

Chris Tufton’s 2013 article in The Jamaica Gleaner analyzes the tide change.

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake
Rabindranath Tagore, “Where the Mind is Without Fear”
George Orwell famously wrote “no book is genuinely free from political bias. The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude.” Yet polemical fiction is rarely fun to read.
So writes Rob Spillman at the beginning of the first installment of his monthly column Readpolitik, discussing politically engaged fiction. Read more of the first column, on the apocalyptic worlds of David Mitchell and Emily St. John Mandel, here. (via guernicamag)
Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.
A poem has secrets that the poet knows nothing of.


"Ascent" by Jean-Michel Basquiat

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BBC Documentary The Life of the Buddha.

1. Do one thing at a time.
2. Do it slowly and deliberately.
3. Do it completely.
4. Do less.
5. Put space between things.
6. Develop rituals.
7. Designate time for certain things.
8. Devote time to sitting.
9. Smile and serve others.
10. Make cleaning and cooking become a meditation.
11. Think about what is necessary.
12. Live simply.
Zen Principles
Behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern; that we—I mean all human beings—are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art. Hamlet or a Beethoven quartet is the truth about this vast mass that we call the world. But there is no Shakespeare, there is no Beethoven; certainly and emphatically there is no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.
Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being