Quotation by Muriel Rukeyser

The origin of storms is not in clouds,
our lightning strikes when the earth rises,
spillways free authentic power:
dead John Brown's body walking from a tunnel
to break the armored and concluded mind.
Muriel Rukeyser (1913–1980), U.S. poet. "The Bill," last five lines (1938).

Two years earlier, Rukeyser, who was then aligned with the Communist Party, had gathered information on a corporate cover-up of unsafe mining conditions in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia; they had caused illness and death among many miners. The situation had been disclosed by the Communist Party USA. A Congressional subcommittee had investigated and found the mining company, a subsidiary of Union Carbide and Carbon, to be in the wrong.
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