Dennis Vincent Brutus, 1924-2009: A poet and fighter until the very end.

The great social justice activist and poet sadly passed away on 26th December.

There will come a time
There will come a time we believe
When the shape of the planet
and the divisions of the land
Will be less important;
We will be caught in a glow of friendship
a red star of hope
will illuminate our lives

A star of hope
A star of joy
A star of freedom

(Read out by Dennis at the eighth meeting of the Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defence of Humanity and the World Forum for Alternatives, Caracas, October 18, 2008).

For a moving tribute to this great man, we direct readers to Lee Sustar and Aisha Karim’s moving obituary in the American based Socialist Worker or Patrick Bond’s equally moving piece in Monthly Review.

To get a feel of this man’s inner vitality and commitment despite his declining physical health, see his Open Letter to the UN Climate Change Gathering in Copenhagen and an accompanying video of a “sickbed” interview in the Monthly Review.

At MTG we only wish to add that we saw that red star of hope in his eyes, in his poetry and in his actions. He will be sadly missed.



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3 responses to “Dennis Vincent Brutus, 1924-2009: A poet and fighter until the very end.

  1. Especially in a country where the mainstream radical choice is Nick f****ing Clegg.
    He will be missed indeed.

  2. marxistelf

    Hi Micheal,

    Thanks for the comment. Suppose after the election British socialists can look forward to the silver lining of reconstructing a socialist alternative . Can’t help thinking though that it is the right, especially the far right, who will benefitr in the immediate aftermath of the dramatic collapse of the Labour Party.

  3. I think they already are. Fortunately, while I may despair of politicians I still have faith in the majority of the British population to localise whatever gains the BNP make.

    Not that I’m taking anything for granted.

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