Here on what Abraham Lincoln declared as a day for giving thanks, we of us here at the Daily Links of the World Organization of Writers want to express our gratitude for any of our readers and social justice advocates out there in the world.
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A Thought for the Day
Giving thanks ought to come as naturally as breathing, inasmuch as all the interlocking sweet miracles of existence—sun and rain, light with its sight and darkness with its darling dalliances, and so on and so forth, ad infinitum—only occur to someone because of an utter infinitude of happenstance that no more emanates from the content of a person’s character than the presence or absence of predators, or the bounty or dearth of prey, comes to pass as a consequence of the lamb’s innate innocence or the tiger’s inherent desserts, a bounty of being part and parcel of nature’s living manifestation that one may mythologize as God-given but which is entirely deserving of praise even if its sources are much more mundane, even random, since the legerdemain of biology and the miracle of consciousness allow us to play in the cosmic sandbox more or less resolutely and joyously for whatever time that fate dictates in any given case, something worthy of multiple hosannas of hallelujah for as long as we wander amid the world’s awesome and alluring wonders and woes.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.” Abraham Lincoln
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The Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference will be held from January 27 to January 30, 2017, at the Brandt House Estate in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The conference features workshops of book-length poetry manuscripts with poets and editors Peter Covino, Joan Houlihan, Stephen Motika, Martha Rhodes, and Ellen Watson. The cost of the conference is $1,375, which includes tuition, a private room, and meals. Using the online application system, submit three to four poems and a brief bio. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
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A BOMB look at the protest art that emerged in South America during the era of US-sponsored dictatorship and brutality, who espoused ideas which are particularly relevant today: “In Embodied Absence: Chilean Art of the 1970s Now, a compact and compelling exhibition now on view at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, “the body” alternates nimbly between abstract concept and “lived experience.” This exhibition collects the work and performances of some fifteen artists and collectives from Chile, most of it made in the late ’70s when the country was entering a period of great uncertainty. After the CIA facilitated a military coup in 1973, which led to the death of President Salvador Allende and the end of its socialist government, General Augusto Pinochet was thrust into power (and the military junta retained control until 1990). Thus, in light of Trump’s election in the US, an all-too-relatable urgency defines the tone of the pieces here. Indeed, seen as a whole, the exhibition could be a primer for how to be an artist under dictatorship.”
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An Atlantic look at the important role of LGBT writers in perpetuating an open dialogue on these and other social justice issues at a time of uncertainty and possible bigotry: “As a queer American and as a writer, the prospect of a Trump presidency troubles me. Yet Trump’s tenure, ironically, could be a spur to LGBT literature, propelling the development of an even more self-assured literature of American queerness than before.”
A PRI look at some Emily Post-type advice apropos to this day, for all those interested in a social meal: “We made a promise: to give you the best advice we have to make your Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas run smoothly — whether it’s about politics or turkey.”