Running to Stand Still by Kimberly ReyesHistories, stories, lyrics, aspirations, dreams, pressures, and images are spun into a musical tale through a site of convergence: the Black female body. Swarmed by external gazes and narratives, the inhabitant of this body uses her power to turn down this cacophony of noise and compose a symphonic space for herself. By breaching boundaries of racism, sexism, sizeism, colorism, and colonialism, these poems investigate the memories and realities of existing as Black in America. Building from poetic, journalistic, and musical histories, poet and essayist Kimberly Reyes constructs a complex and fantastic narrative in which she negotiates a path to claim her own power.
These poems teem with life, a life rich with many selves and many histories that populate in the voice of Reyes’s poetic narrator. They sway between negotiations of hypervisibility and erasure, the inevitable and the chosen, and the perceived and the constructed. Reyes’s poems offer sharp observations and lyrical movement to guide us in a ballad of reconciliation and becoming.
U2 - The Edge Running To Stand Still (Acoustic Version)
Running to Stand Still
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Running to Stand Still – U2
A slow ballad based on piano and guitar, it describes a heroin -addicted couple living in Dublin 's Ballymun flats ; the towers have since become associated with the song. Though a lot of time was dedicated to the lyrics, the music was improvised with co- producer Daniel Lanois during a recording session for the album. The group explored American music for The Joshua Tree , and as such, "Running to Stand Still" demonstrates folk rock and acoustic blues influences. The song was praised by critics, many of them calling it one of the record's best tracks. It has since been included in the regular set lists of four U2 concert tours, in two different arrangements and with several possible thematic interpretations. Until their album Songs of Innocence , U2 had written relatively few songs directly related to their growing up in Dublin, often giving higher priority to works about The Troubles in Northern Ireland or to international concerns. This lyric was a reference to the Ballymun flats , a group of seven local authority, high-rise residential tower blocks built in the Ballymun neighborhood of Dublin during the s.