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<br><b><br><br>Meteor moment <br></b><br><br>The brilliant meteor that blazed across the Russian sky reminded a New Yorker writer of a luminous passage from Tolstoy's War and Peace in which he described the comet of 1812. "Only looking up at the sky did Pierre cease to feel how sordid and humiliating were all mundane things compared with the heights to which his soul had just been raised.... Above the Prechistenka Boulevard, surrounded ... on all sides by stars but distinguished from them all by its nearness to the earth, its white light, and its long uplifted tail, shone the enormous and brilliant comet of 1812 - the comet which was said to portend all kinds of woes and the end of the world. In Pierre, however, that comet with its long luminous tail aroused no feeling of fear. On the contrary, he gazed joyfully, his eyes moist with tears, at this bright comet which, having travelled in its orbit with inconceivable velocity through immeasurable space, seemed suddenly-like an arrow piercing the earth - to remain fixed in a chosen spot, vigorously holding its tail erect, shining and displaying its white light amid countless other scintillating stars. It seemed to Pierre that this comet fully responded to what was passing in his own softened and uplifted soul, now blossoming into a new life. "

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February 23, 2013





Meteor moment


The brilliant meteor that blazed across the Russian sky reminded a New Yorker writer of a luminous passage from Tolstoy's War and Peace in which he described the comet of 1812. "Only looking up at the sky did Pierre cease to feel how sordid and humiliating were all mundane things compared with the heights to which his soul had just been raised.... Above the Prechistenka Boulevard, surrounded ... on all sides by stars but distinguished from them all by its nearness to the earth, its white light, and its long uplifted tail, shone the enormous and brilliant comet of 1812 - the comet which was said to portend all kinds of woes and the end of the world. In Pierre, however, that comet with its long luminous tail aroused no feeling of fear. On the contrary, he gazed joyfully, his eyes moist with tears, at this bright comet which, having travelled in its orbit with inconceivable velocity through immeasurable space, seemed suddenly-like an arrow piercing the earth - to remain fixed in a chosen spot, vigorously holding its tail erect, shining and displaying its white light amid countless other scintillating stars. It seemed to Pierre that this comet fully responded to what was passing in his own softened and uplifted soul, now blossoming into a new life. "

<br><b><br><br>Stones and breasts <br></b><br><br>One of the poems shortlisted for the African Poetry Prize deals with the issue of women being stoned to death for adultery as per Sharia law. The poet Chielozona Eze dedicated it to Amina Lawal, who almost met this fate. An excerpt: Somewhere in Nigeria, a woman would have to die, stoned to death for making love to a man. . .  Oh, you, hands that hold stones, what was it like to hold breasts? If betrayed love could ever curse, in what language would it be? Sad, like the tree in which the innocent man hangs. In the beginning was the word, I've heard. I do not know which word it was. I'm sure of one thing, though: In the end there will be words Or perhaps just one word A question: Why?

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February 23, 2013





Stones and breasts


One of the poems shortlisted for the African Poetry Prize deals with the issue of women being stoned to death for adultery as per Sharia law. The poet Chielozona Eze dedicated it to Amina Lawal, who almost met this fate. An excerpt: Somewhere in Nigeria, a woman would have to die, stoned to death for making love to a man. . . Oh, you, hands that hold stones, what was it like to hold breasts? If betrayed love could ever curse, in what language would it be? Sad, like the tree in which the innocent man hangs. In the beginning was the word, I've heard. I do not know which word it was. I'm sure of one thing, though: In the end there will be words Or perhaps just one word A question: Why?

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