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fleshsmoke / Filled their nostrils, and they had twisted so far / As to love it




Books by Caroline Maun


The Sleeping / Virtual Identities: The Construction of Selves in Cyberspace


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By Caroline Maun

You speak of not being able to see your face.

I’m trying to understand.

I raise my eyes to look at you

To see you

In you

And to hope you look back and see


I am raw ends and tethered means

The target user of an end product

That took decades to degrade

The history of my oppression is ongoing

And quite mundane

I am my own enforcer

Strict father, receding mother, abandonment, anger, 

poverty, absence, death, anger, deprecation, rape.

I don’t know what it would be like to be you

And I can barely say what it is to be me.


A photograph conveying the bald truth of photographs.

The depths of Mississippi.

The late twenties?


There is a ring of white faces.  Perhaps the clergyman is there.

The shopkeeper, the shoemaker, the farmers, the smith.

An exhilarated housewife in a cloche hat.

At the edges of the picture, others crowd in

Wanting to remember, commemorate, and be a part of this.

One man draws his son close to be included.

Another holds up a four by four for extra fuel.

No one shields their eyes from the flash

No one tries to hide

There are amiable smiles and the excitement from an event

This was, one gathers, a job well done.

In the center is the silhouette,

In classic and universal attitude of unbearable suffering,

Of a burning black man

On his knees


The smell of his fleshsmoke

Filled their nostrils, and they had twisted so far

As to love it

The rim of the spectacle

White scum of hate


posted 12 November 2005

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Dr. Caroline Maun

Assistant Professor / Interdisciplinary Studies / Wayne State University / 5700 Cass Ave. / Detroit, MI 48202 / 313-577-6580 / email:



·  Ph. D. in English, 1998. University of Tennessee, Knoxville. <>

·  M.A. in English, 1992. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. <>

·  B.A. in English with high honors, 1990.Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida.


·  PIER Certificate in African Studies, Yale University, 2001.


Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Assistant Professor of Literacy and Critical Thought, 8/04 to present. Teaching interdisciplinary courses in writing and oral communication.

Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

·  Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, 7/99 to 5/04.> Teaching Freshman Composition sections face-to-face and online. Co-Coordinator of the Freshman English Program. Member of the Honors Program faculty (three-year appointment from 2002-2005).

·  Director, English Resource Writing Center, 11/98 to 5/04.> Supervising student employees, managing grant monies, faculty liaison with computer support services.

·  HUD-EDI Special Projects Grant Co-Recipient, with Dr. Wendell Jackson, 11/98 to 9/99 (period of grant). Funds in excess of $79,000 earmarked to improve the English Resource Writing Center at Morgan State University: designing lab, training tutors, instructional technologist, and curriculum design. Internal Morgan State University grant of $50,000 was also implemented for equipment.

·  Lecturer, 8/98 to 5/99. Teaching Freshman Studies English composition.

posted 13 June 2006

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Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered

the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It

By H. W. Brands

In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar’s astonishing rise to become the world’s principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in U.S. monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. Brands explores the dollar’s changing relations to gold and silver and to other currencies and cogently explains how America’s economic might made the dollar the fundamental standard of value in world finance. He vividly describes the 1869 Black Friday attempt to corner the gold market, banker J. P. Morgan’s bailout of the U.S. treasury, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and President Franklin Roosevelt’s handling of the bank panic of 1933. Brands shows how lessons learned (and not learned) in the Great Depression have influenced subsequent U.S. monetary policy, and how the dollar’s dominance helped transform economies in countries ranging from Germany and Japan after World War II to Russia and China today. He concludes with a sobering dissection of the 2008 world financial debacle, which exposed the power–and the enormous risks–of the dollar’s worldwide reign.  The Economy

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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