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Life matters after all

2
but some lives are always expendable

1
health is a collective concern

3
but force trumps care

15
no market without the majority

but individuals are ever-invisible

22
the present is real

but just a hitch in the road to the future

25
the virus reminds of the power of life that is not
human

but domination remains determinant.

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Ibn Sina
in a poem
taught of al-Arba’iniya: 40

(quarantina)
(translated by Italian merchants)

40 days in the 11th century
are not even 30 in the 21st.




Salimah Valiani is a poet, activist and researcher based in Igoli (Johannesburg). She has published four collections of poetry and Dear South Africa, a 2019 Praxis Magazine e-chapbook. Her next poetry collection, 29 leads to love, will be published by Inanna Publications in 2021.

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