What is an oligarch without ostentation? For many Russian elites, the answer is apparently “nothing.” The sanctions threaten oligarchs with a kind of annihilation, similar to the phenomenon that sociologists describe as “social death.” That is why Russian elites were so quick to gather up their expensive toys as soon as sanctions were announced, and why several have taken the extraordinary step of publicly begging Putin for a quick end to the war. —from “The Russian Elite Can’t Stand the Sanctions” by Brooke Harrington, The Atlantic, March 5, 2002 the impending crisis for mistresses in London as marble townhomes become confiscated as credit card limits eliminate infinity No more shopping in Hashtag Milano No more partying in Hashtag SaintTropez No more diamonds in Hashtag Antwerp “The need to see and be seen is a fundamental driver of human affairs. Oligarchs need not just to be but be seen as filthy rich, a need that rises with economic wealth.” Yachts to luxury purses to soccer franchises seen through social media now help investigators freeze assets for sanctions Let us not forget—let us anticipate!—bringing forth those violins smaller than raised thumbs with their music rousing the surgically plastered to take off red-heeled shoes and aim at ducking oligarchs _______________________ Note: References to hashtagged references and the designated quote are from “The Russian Elite Can’t Stand the Sanctions” by Brooke Harrington, The Atlantic, March 5, 2002
Eileen R. Tabios has released over 60 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in ten countries and cyberspace. Her award-winning body of work includes invention of the hay(na)ku poetic form as well as a first poetry book, Beyond Life Sentences (1998), which received the Philippines’ National Book Award. Publications include the long-form novel DoveLion: A Fairy Tale for Our Times.
Guest editor Denise Low, MFA & Ph.D., was Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09. She won the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award for Shadow Light. Other books are Wing (Red Mountain), Casino Bestiary (Spartan), and The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival (U. of Nebraska Press), a Hefner Heitz Award finalist. At Haskell Indian Nations University she founded the creative writing program. She is a contributing editor to Essay Daily’s Midwessay project. She lives in California’s Sonoma County on Tsuno Mountain, homeland of Pomo people. www.deniselow.net