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They kneel
before men.
Worship money
and power.
Seeds sown
among thorns.

HAIKU POEM
ROSALIENE BACCHUS

Oh ! the knee,
    wondrous bone
    of flex and stern stasis
    happy to serve conscious form,
    potential moral weight or astute pretender.

Look ! by that microphone
    flying flags as god-sent signals.
    Political knees accepting
    words dangerous to truth.

Someday such knees will bend
    inevitable as any hinge,
    when messages take form
    as burden of stern hope.

Streets will sound to marching knees
Parents will dream for their children
    and all will be right, perhaps,
    in that dream if not this,
    where knees of a weary people
threaten petty politics.

1998.


Poem from Horizons: Selected Poems 1969-1998 by
Stanley Greaves, Peepal Tree Press Ltd., United Kingdom,
2002.

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Knees
Stanley Greaves
SEEDS AMONG
THORNS
RECUERDOS DE LA
ALHAMBRA
JIM GREENINGER
COMPOSED BY
FRANCISCO TARREGA
(1852-1909)
Guyanese-born STANLEY
GREAVES (born 1934) is
one of the Caribbean's
distinguished artists.
After studying art in the
UK, he headed the
Division of Creative Arts
at the University of
Guyana for many years.

He began writing
poetry in the 1960s.
His first collection of
poems,
Horizons, in
2002, won the Guyana
Prize for Literature in
the first book of poetry
category.

His most recent
collection,
The Poems
Man
, was published in
2009.

He is also an
accomplished classical
guitarist.
Learn more
about his musical side.

Martin[Carter's] influence has been less in art than in an
attitude: to what you see around you; to the constructions of
your own imagination and thoughts; and also, very much to
the point, to the use of language. I became acutely aware of
the way in which one uses words, of the necessity of
avoiding ambiguities as much as possible. Martin would talk
to me about poetry, I would talk to him about art. He was
friend and mentor and drinking companion and everything
STANLEY GREAVES IN INTERVIEW WITH ANNE WALMSLEY OF BOMB
MAGAZINE, 2004.
STANLEY GREAVES ART
INTERVIEW WITH
DERRICE DEANE
CARIBNATION
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