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Australian poem 2008 series #11 — George Essex Evans

To a Bigot

George Essex Evans (1863-1909)

HERE am I sent a wanderer like to thee,
And here a moment ere the night I stand.
The twin eternities—Has Been, Shall Be—
            Gird me on either hand.

My joy or grief—the flicker of a wing
Of some brief insect in the blinding glow!
One moment down the wind my voice shall ring.
            This, and no more, I know.

My soul went out amid the ways of men,
By land and sea, and to the stars o’erhead.
I deemed it lost when it came back again.
            “Is there a God?” I said.

“Thou fool,” it answered, “all are truly kin.
God is the Soul of all—no power apart.
God is the spark Divine that glows within
            The Temple of the Heart.”

 
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On Kevin Rudd in China: Geremie R. Barme and Paul Monk on Lateline

If you want an extraordinarily well-informed view, visit Lateline where you may watch the segment or read the transcript.

I encountered Geremie Barme’s work in the early 1990s when I was preparing my book From Yellow Earth to Eucalypt; I subsequently met him through Nicholas Jose and Claire Roberts — that in turn through M. (I also met Sang Ye, mentioned below.) From  Geremie Barme’s ANU profile:

Biographical Statement

Geremie R. Barme; head and shoulders

After graduating in Asian Studies from the ANU (majoring in Chinese and Sanskrit), I studied at universities in the People’s Republic of China (1974-77) and Japan (1980-83), with periods working as a journalist, freelance writer and translator in Hong Kong and China. My research work in Chinese culture and intellectual history has been interspersed with film, web site and writing projects in the United States, China and Hong Kong.

Research Interests

20th century Chinese intellectual and cultural history; contemporary Chinese cultural and intellectual debates; modern historiography; Ming-Qing literature and aesthetics; Cultural Revolution history (1950s-70s) and Beijing, its history and reconstruction.

Key Publications
  • The Gate of Heavenly Peace, three-hour documentary film (associate director and main writer), 1995.
  • Shades of Mao: The Posthumous Cult of the Great Leader, Armonk, NY, M.E. Sharpe, 1996.
  • In the Red: On Contemporary Chinese Culture, New York, Columbia University Press, 1999.
  • An Artistic Exile: A life of Feng Zikai (1898-1975), Berkeley, University of California Press, 2002, awarded the Joseph Levenson Prize for Modern China, 2004.
  • Morning Sun, two-hour documentary film (co-directed and co-produced with Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon; co-written with Carma Hinton), 2003, awarded the John E. O’Conner Film Award, The American Historical Association, 2005.
  • (ed. with Miriam Lang) China Candid: The People on the People’s Republic, by Sang Ye, University of California Press, 2006.
  • (ed. with Claire Roberts) The Great Wall of China, Sydney, Powerhouse Museum, 2006.

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A note on Zimbabwe

See An Ominous Drama in Zimbabwe (by Nontando Hadebe).

Clearly the government knows it has been defeated – there is no other reason for them to demand recounts and act in the way they are doing. In the past few days the government has bared its teeth by harassing members of opposition parties, arresting election officers, and invading white-owned farms. The government is relying on its military forces to hold on to power because they have been defeated in the votes. It’s frightening to watch the extent to which they are willing to go to hold on to power.

This is the time when Zimbabwe needs the international community to intervene on their behalf. The people have done everything in their power. At great risk they voted, believing that this would bring the change they desperately want, but, to their dismay, this instrument of freedom is turning against them. What else should people do?

Go to the VodPod to find Muzimbo’s vent.

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