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Politics or Poetry?

Have you heard about the scandal over a poem that has been erased from a university facade in Berlin?

Is the story about sexism? Cultural appropriation? Disrespect for art? Trampling on the freedom of speech?

To me, the only real issue here is crappy poetry. But that’s the only thing nobody is discussing.


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12 thoughts on “Politics or Poetry?

  1. The poetry is indeed extremely crappy.


  2. Jonathan Mayhew on said:

    That’s a crappy poem for sure.


  3. Can it even be considered a poem? It’s more like vaguely related words in no particular order.


  4. The real scandalous act is putting a Spanish poem on an English news site without translation, when the entire article is meaningless without its understanding!

    Is this the sad state of the contemporary journalism?


    • “the entire article is meaningless without its understanding!”

      But feel for the poor editors, if they translated it they’d be spreading the very same sexism they’re trying to fight…

      Anyhoo here’s a translation key:

      avenidas = avenues
      y = and
      flores = flowers
      mujeres = women
      un = one, a(n)
      admirador = admirer

      At least they didn’t put anything by Singapore Mary up there… (yet)


    • I thought there was a translation. I saw a translation somewhere. Hmm.


  5. The story reminds me of this Italian music video filmed in Berlin (with a few animated paintings on walls). Together the story and the video make me miss Berlin….


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