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Poetry In The Time Of Tumblr And Taringa

South American poets Silvina Giaganti to Pedro Mairal are among those who have successfully used social media and other digital spaces to drive interest in their work.

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BUENOS AIRES — "Clouds pass, slowly dissolving/ It's a holiday in the sky at least/ birds glide serenely overhead/ a baker rises, losing himself/ up in the air so light/ above, in the celestial part of space/ the clearest part of the day and stillest/ part of time, quiet as a suburb/ Cloud shapes keep changing in the sky/ a bread bun, then fish, then nothing/ just a celestial climate in the thin/ tide of the breeze of your hair/ it's summer in the sky and down here/ you feel like, Oh, what the hell."

The "porno sonnets' of one Ramón Paz circulated for more than a decade on blogs, Tumblr accounts, networking sites and even Taringa! profiles before Vox and Eloísa Cartonera, two publishers based in Bahía Blanca and Buenos Aires respectively, finally published them in print. Then, in 2018, Emecé published the work, this time using the author's real name, Pedro Mairal, who also wrote the successful novel La uruguaya ("The Uruguayan Woman") and poetry compilations such as Tigre como los pájaros ("Tiger Like the Birds') and Consumidor final ("End Consumer")).

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The "Corrosion" Strategy: How Ukraine Targets Russian Networks And Morale

Russia continues to shrink its ambitions in Donbas, as Ukraine doubles down on its strategy of guerilla attacks, interrupting supply and communication contacts and ultimately undermines the morale of the enemy.

Ukrainian soldiers sitting atop a tank in Donbas on May 22

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For years to come, military experts will be studying how Ukraine managed to push back a far stronger enemy and grind Russia’s major offensive in the east of the country to a halt.

Some military strategists are already trying to find a term to sum up the Ukrainians’ success. Australian military expert and retired army major general Mick Ryan credited Kyiv's stunning showing to "the adoption of a simple military strategy: corrosion. The Ukrainian approach has embraced the corrosion of the Russian physical, moral, and intellectual capacity to fight and win in Ukraine.”

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Ryan argues that while the Ukrainians have used the firepower they possess to halt the Russian advance, while aggressively targeting their enemy’s greatest shortcoming. “They have attacked the weakest physical support systems of an army in the field – communications networks, logistic supply routes, rear areas, artillery and senior commanders in their command posts,” Ryan wrote.

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