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Celebrating the Poetry of Peace


Holding The Center
by M. SHAHID ALAM


I taped it to the black board
a map of the world
Rand McNally
printed in USA.
It split Asia
right down the middle:
the truncated moieties
exiled to the right
and left edges
of this fixed habitat.
It was necessary
this sundering: so
USA could sit
right spat
at the center
of subjected memory.
It isn't easy
holding the Center,
mind you.
See to it
that they
see you holding it.
You have to
charge the cavalry
of cartographers
the hired guns
of history
to center
the world on you.

 

M. Shahid Alam teaches economics at Northeastern University. His last book, Poverty from the Wealth of Nations was published by Palgrave (2000). He may be reached at m.alam@neu.edu. Copyright: M. Shahid Alam


We must allow ourselves the joy of loving through life more than we fear our living.
T.B. Stone


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