Such Lamenting, So Much Joy

The Mindful Bard: A Thousand Thoughts Wanda Waterman The Voice, Volume 22 Issue 18 2014-05-02 Album: A Thousand Thoughts Artist: Kronos Quartet “We have a long way to go before we’re able to hear the voices of everyone on earth, but I believe that providing voices and building bridges is essential for the World Peace we all wish for.” – Joichi Ito From the beginning the Kronos Quartet adopted a mission to expand the musical consciousness of the world in all directions, pushing the boundaries of achievement, nationality, imagination, tradition, and form. Their repertoire is among the most diverse imaginable, … Continue reading Such Lamenting, So Much Joy

In Conversation with Patrick Woodcock, Conclusion

Wanda Waterman The Voice Magazine Volume 22 Issue 18 2014-05-02 Patrick Woodcock uses poetry to document the suffering of humanity in war-torn countries—a kind of poetic nonfiction. (See Voice review of Echo Gods and Silent Mountains: Poems, his book of poems based on his time in Iraqi Kurdistan.) Recently he took the time to answer Wanda Waterman’s questions about recovering from witnessing suffering, what it’s like to live among Kurds, and the necessary conditions of his creative life. (Also read the first, second, and third parts of this interview.) Recovering from Scenes of Suffering I’m not sure why, but for … Continue reading In Conversation with Patrick Woodcock, Conclusion

Palestine: A Message to My People

Originally posted on Ignorance and Wisdom:
To stop the violence in Israel-Palestine we have a two-fold front of increasing compassion and eliminating ignorance. So many false histories and misinformation is propagated between the peoples of Israel and Palestine from birth. This must stop. Right now I address you, Palestine, and I will first dispel three of your most egregious myths with the truth. First, the Jewish Holocaust happened and it was one of the worst human catastrophes witnessed in recorded history. More than 6 million Jews were killed; millions more displaced from their homes; and the attempt was made to… Continue reading Palestine: A Message to My People