The fact that no one gives a shit about trafficked domestic and agricultural workers—who are also vulnerable to sexual abuse!!—should tell you all you need to know about white westerners preoccupation with the metaphysical value of sex and chastity for women;
It should also tell you how little they care about brown people and people of colour if they’re being abused in an unsexy, unfunding hot way that westerners profit off of.
[…] every poem holds the unspeakable inside it, the unsayable, you know, not unspeakable as in taboo but the unsayable, the thing that you can’t really say because it’s too complicated, it’s too complex for us. Every poem has that silence deep in the center of it…
—Marie Howe, Poet Marie Howe On ‘What The Living Do’ After Loss (NPR October 19, 2011)