More protesting violence

Spilt Milk, pastel, 30×22 in., originally uploaded by ahtravis.

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3 Responses to More protesting violence

  1. Ann Zerkel says:

    Been trying to think how to respond to your powerfully moving new work, which seems full and overfull of truth and sorrow. Then on NPR’s Fresh Air caught a tribute to the late South African poet and activist Dennis Brutus, who wrote:
    Somehow we survive
    and tenderness, frustrated, does not wither.

    Investigating searchlights rake
    our naked unprotected contours. . . .
    boots club the peeling door.

    But somehow we survive
    severance, deprivation, loss.

    Patrols uncoil along the asphalt dark
    hissing their menace to our lives,

    most cruel, all our land is scarred with terror,
    rendered unlovely and unlovable;
    sundered are we and all our passionate surrender

    but somehow tenderness survives.

    Alix, in your rage I see tenderness.

  2. alixhtravis says:


    Thank you for these powerful words, words so much stronger because they come from experience while I can only imagine.

    I have added a link to the NPR interview of Brutus by Terry Gross.


  3. Rachel says:

    we survive, and yet we are changed, and at what loss..?

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