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New Zealand, BTS Fans, Global Recession: Your Tuesday Briefing

2020-06-09 04:44:45
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Good morning.

We’re covering why the protests in the U.S. feel different this time, a historic contraction in the global economy and what New Zealand is doing as its lockdown ends.

Two weeks after the first protest sparked by the killing of George Floyd, the huge gatherings for racial justice around the world have achieved a scale and momentum not seen in decades. And they appear unlikely to peter out anytime soon.

Markets: U.S. and Asian stocks inched higher on Monday, while Europe’s markets were mostly down.

What we’re reading: This poem on Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black boy lynched in Mississippi in the 1950s. “There’s a devastatingly painful beauty to this poem. The premise: Eve L. Ewing imagines a world in which Emmett Till lives a long and ordinary life,” writes Stephen Hiltner, an editor on our Travel desk.

The hardest part about writing a poem is choosing the right words. A found poem is created by cutting and pasting words that you can steal from a newspaper or magazine, then cutting and pasting them on a sheet of paper.

There are no real rules, but there is a topic: finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Something is extraordinary when something ordinary, or common, takes you by surprise or makes you gasp.

All you need is any print publication, some paper, a pen, scissors and some glue or tape. Here are the steps.

Brainstorm. Create a list of extraordinary moments. Look out for something small but exceptional around your apartment, outside your window or maybe when you are out for a walk. The extraordinary is all around you; all you need to do is look. Pick a moment and start thinking of words to describe it. Jot them down.

Snip. Snip. Snip. Start cutting out all the words and phrases that relate to your moment. Having trouble? Try not to think so much and just cut. What words sound good to you when you say them aloud? What words help you visualize your extraordinary moment? Search the paper and neatly cut them out.

Layout. Before you start pasting your words into lines of poetry, lay them out and rearrange them. Let your paper be the house of your poem. How many rooms will you build? One, two or more? Do you want long lines or short lines? Play with their position until you have them just right.

Paste. Ready? Carefully paste each word down, and now you have your own found poem.


That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Melina


Thank you
Carole Landry helped write this briefing. Melissa Clark provided the recipe, and Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh wrote the rest of the break from the news. You can reach the team at
[email protected].

P.S.
• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Our latest episode is about the George Floyd protests in New York City.
• Here’s our Mini Crossword, and a clue: Like the Marianas Trench (four letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
• James Bennet resigned as our editorial page editor. Katie Kingsbury has been named acting editor.

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