Unit 7: Part 1 . Remembering the Wars. Catastrophe of Epic Dimensions: WWII. Never before had so many fought Never before had such whole-sale slaughter occurred. Ends in 1945 78 million had died. Nazi’s. Rose to power during the Great Depression Targeted certain groups
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Remembering the Wars
Brown gas-fog, white beneath the street lamps.Cut off on three sides, all space filledwith our bodies.
Bodies that stumble in brown airlessness, whitenedin light, a mildew glare,
that stumblehand in hand, blinded, retching.Wanting it, wanting to be here, the body believing it’s dying in its nausea, my head clear in its despair, a kind of joy, knowing this is by no means death,is trivial, an incident, a fragile instant.
Wanting it, wanting
with all my hunger this anguish,
this knowing in the body the grim odds we’re up against, wanting it real. Up that bank where gas curled in the ivy, dragging each other up, strangers, brothers and sisters.
Nothing will do but to taste the bitter taste. No life other, apart from.
Denise (the author) is uses the images that describe the effects of tear gas to illustrate the speakers resolve to end the war in Vietnam.
She even mentions that she
wants to taste its bitterness in order to experience the odds they are against.
Integration and Disintegration: Postwar Society