I am very pleased to announce that my new ebook, White Stockings is now available on Amazon.
About White Stockings – Summary + Commentary
The ebook addresses the Ukrainian crisis via the poetic stories of fictionalized Baltic women snipers. From April 2014 to the present, I have been dedicatedly tracking the news events surrounding the Ukranian crisis. As a Lithuanian-American with family members closely tied to the tragedies and oppression of the annexation of the Baltic states by the Soviet Union (post WWII to the 1990s), the series of events happening in Ukraine is saddening. Innocent women and children comprise much of the 6,000+ death toll. As a result of the destruction throughout villages and towns in Eastern Ukraine, many are homeless and have become refugees.
Fellow family and friends still living in/traveling regularly to Lithuania and Ukraine are beyond nervous and outraged by Putin’s recent geopolitical moves. It is all too familiar, and propaganda flows freely.
Let’s be clear: With Putin’s direct knowledge and under his orders, Russia illegally annexed parts of Ukraine.
As I write this post today, NATO commanders are pleading with Russia to stop fueling the fighting during what was supposed to be a ceasefire.
My goal with this project was to raise awareness of the conflict by turning a violent metaphor on its head. My hope is that there will be peace and stability on the region soon. Ukraine deserves to remain free and independent without fear of its dictatorial neighbors devouring provinces as was done in the Soviet era. That time is over.
Make no mistake, the issues of the region are complex, beginning with the root: energy sources. Russian propaganda will turn the conversation to how the West is the aggressor and imperialist, bring up painful anti-Semitic accusations, and purport that Ukraine is the instigator (and even the perpetrator of violence against its own people) to prove that separatist action is justified. There was no justification for Russia to annex parts of an independent country that no longer belongs to them. The logic here is skewed: should we return to centuries’-old maps of the Ottoman or Roman Empires to justify amassing land? Or what of the argument that mostly “Russian-speakers” live in the areas being annexed and completely support being part of the motherland once more?
This is about natural gas and money, which turns the conversation rightly to the benefits of EU and US becoming green…much, much larger issues. Currently, about a quarter of European Union gas comes from Russia, and at least half of that supply flows through Ukraine.
How do we we want to live: peacefully, globally, sustainably OR power-mad, warring, isolationist, and all-consuming? If the latter factors rule the day, how does humanity evolve—see the bigger picture? To pose this question, I use the metaphor of precision in my poetry collection: via the sniper scope: what is blurred or clearer outside the range or what is narrow-minded, calculating, and fixated?