49thShelf, Apt613, Maisonneuve, and now Quill & Quire reviews. Wow. Neat. Some I put at press.
The radish is understood as curiosity about ” the deeper meanings we ascribe to words, and by extension, the world”, yay. And other good stuff thanks to Safa JinJe who took the time to read and review it. It’s always neat when people you don’t know you read something you said.
Another set of eyes are always interesting in how meaning is stitched across gaps. There’s no wrong reading. One person sees a lot of food content where another sees a disproportional amount of car content. For some the humour is the stand-out. For others the density of language. It reminds that for every perception in life we are all blind finding the relevant interesting part of any elephant.It’s interesting to see what people see as salient.
I jump around and leave gaps. “Poetic disjuncture” seems an overly academic way of saying it.
In the case of seeing the “never read the comments” poem as critical of military interventions isn’t a reading I expected. Sure enough, I would prefer peace missions of aid, over more armed soldiers, tanks ad bombs. I can see it now that she says. What I was going for was narrower.
Along the adage of don’t bend over backwards where there’s no even slight lean forward was more advising to be skeptical and calm, not be suckered by news that is there to make money off of made-you-look. To look instead at a lake for a while is only a step, not the end goal of deny conflict by peek-a-boo of thinking of nice things instead.
After we are informed and out of the troll wars of misinformation, the one-on-one conflicts of comment streams, we can decide our position on global conflicts which start at home, since we are selling in the arms trade.
That would be with our “investment” in banks in some cases.
The problem is in part awareness at an individual level globally. It is not made or solved by petitions. Maybe talk to your government rep to say your priority but finances are apt to make wars and can break wars.

Here is a list of Canadian institutions listed in the “Hall of Shame” and the amounts they have invested in, or available for, nuclear weapons producers (all amounts in U.S. dollars):
Bank of Montreal, $209.70 million
Burgundy Asset Management, $44.09 million
Gryphon International Investment Corporation, $55.71 million
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, $54.80 million
Power Corporation of Canada, $888.54 million
Royal Bank of Canada, $941.25 million
Scotia Bond Co, $33.30 million
Scotiabank, $1,176.70 million
TD Bank, $928.34 million

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