Quotation by Marge Piercy

Loving feels lonely in a violent world,
irrelevant to people burning like last year's weed
with bellies distended, with fish throats agape
and flesh melting down to glue.
We can no longer shut out the screaming
That leaks through the ventilation system ...
Marge Piercy (b. 1936), U.S. poet, novelist, and political activist. "Community," lines 1-6 (1969).

Referring to television and photographic images of the Vietnam War, which was at its height when this was written. Piercy was a prominent activist in the antiwar movement.
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