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A traditional marriage With dead gods and dead ancestors



 Books by Marvin X

Love and War: Poems  / In the Crazy House Called America / Woman: Man's Best Friend Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality

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How To Love A Thinking Man

By Marvin X

Love him from a distance
Not close up and personal
From across the street
Across the country
Not across the table
Rarely in bed
For he is not
In the covers
Beneath the sheets
Only his body
Rarely his mind
It is gone among the stars
Somewhere into yesterday and tomorrow
Not in the here and now
A future vision or two or three
Ever restless
In motion beyond his own being
Most certainly yours
Poor thing you
Dreaming of a man
Thinking of a capture
A traditional marriage
With dead gods and dead ancestors
No jumping the broom here
Moments of romantic love
Not with the thinking man
Thought is his mistress
He is not even man
Some divine spirit dwelling within
That human form you love so passionately
Yet he is ice cold
Frozen in thought
And most importantly not of you
He is beyond man and woman
What place have they in the world of thought
Petty sex, emotion, feeling?
They are for humankind
A night of dancing
A holiday with family, friends, children
Not for him
don't ever invite him anywhere
and most people don't
they know better
leave him alone
to wonder as he wanders
Planner of great things for the universe
Beyond himself for sure
He never rests there
Although you claim his actions are
Purely selfish
From your human plane
You lowly creature
Why doesn't he care for normal things
sleep like normal people
Celebrate a birthday
Take a walk
A vacation from his work of thought
Where does woman fit in his world
Nowhere really
Unless she is the silent type
Yes, thank you, I'm sorry
Three point code of conduct
The maid, the ho, the cook
His Mama said
Maid, Secretary, Mistress
No wife, absolutely not
Her son was not meant for such
Mama knew best
Said she would never have him for a man
Or anything like him
Unless she is a woman
Secure in her needs
Able to satisfy herself without him
With someone else even, if necessary
He doesn't care about fidelity, human morality
What is flesh, really
Carnal desire
He's had his full of it
Enough pussy for a thousand years
Nine out of ten women are an insult to a dick
Keep your panties on and your mouth shut
yeah, be a nun
And brothers probably the same
Be a monk
Women spoiled me rotten to the core
They served my every need as I lay
Like a whale washed ashore
I love them and hate them for this
Turning me out
Making me an ungrateful bastard
They've given me so much love it's killing me softly
No man in America is more loved than I am
Yet, I must transcend flesh, emotion
In the name of Revolution
Let's get beyond pussy and dick
Let's think!
We've been fucking in America 400 years
Ain't had a free thought in 400 years

Free thoughts lead to free actions
If we thought free we'd be free!
We drown in slave thoughts and slave actions!

Let her thoughts be
equal to his
Lost in herself or beyond
Like him
Not a pest
Begging for love and attention
saying silly things over and over
like a pimp/ho syndrome
Yes, he is there and not there
But not there
Not across the table
Listening to romantic plans
Or caring for such
Human notions
He is with the gods
Lost in the stars
Of dreamland
Forever making plans
For eternity
Who can take this
Who can live like this
No touching
No kissing
No sex
No sweet nothings
Just thought and plans of action
A crime against the state!
Learn to read his mind or forget it
He reads yours, have you noticed?
He reads your every thought
He reads your period
Your bloody cycle, he studies
Every day of it, every mood of it, he studies
He sees you coming with evil and murder in your heart
I thought you knew!
Read his
Ideas that manifest
From somewhere you cannot enter
Except through the key of divine passage
Cannot buy a ticket to his world
No matter what the price
No matter how big your bank account
Try to pry him open
To no avail
Never run your agenda
Forget your agenda
Whatever you do
Don't force your ideas on him
Your simple minded  suggestions, comments
Unless he asks
Please avoid needless conversation
Idle chatter
To break the silence of his day
Because you want him as friend, man, lover, husband
To release tension from your slave job sucking the white man's dick
In the manner of Connie Rice and Colin Powell
Call your girlfriends and talk all night about him or about nothing
As per usual
Bothering him with the trivial, mundane
will run him into the forest
He will hide in the woods forever
You might find him there
Beside a pond
Thinking beyond ripples in the water.
If you catch him
Hold him tenderly
Cherish the moment
Unless you believe in eternity
Where moments do not matter
And thoughts transcend the ages.

Surely for every thinking man
There is a thinking woman
Steel sharpens steel
May they meet
Along the path of eternity.
For they are not of this world
Neither he nor she
But members in the  private club
Called Divinity.

Marvin X  4/21/03


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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

By Charles C. Mann

I’m a big fan of Charles Mann’s previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It’s exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that it’s anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, I’m proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, “globalized” entity.

Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose “southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple.” We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.

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The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

By Pauline Maier

A notable historian of the early republic, Maier devoted a decade to studying the immense documentation of the ratification of the Constitution. Scholars might approach her book’s footnotes first, but history fans who delve into her narrative will meet delegates to the state conventions whom most history books, absorbed with the Founders, have relegated to obscurity. Yet, prominent in their local counties and towns, they influenced a convention’s decision to accept or reject the Constitution. Their biographies and democratic credentials emerge in Maier’s accounts of their elections to a convention, the political attitudes they carried to the conclave, and their declamations from the floor. The latter expressed opponents’ objections to provisions of the Constitution, some of which seem anachronistic (election regulation raised hackles) and some of which are thoroughly contemporary (the power to tax individuals directly). Ripostes from proponents, the Federalists, animate the great detail Maier provides, as does her recounting how one state convention’s verdict affected another’s. Displaying the grudging grassroots blessing the Constitution originally received, Maier eruditely yet accessibly revives a neglected but critical passage in American history.—Booklist

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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