Monthly Archives: July 2010

Tarzan, or an American Cinquain (cinquain)

OK, I’ll get to Tarzan in a moment! An American Cinquain – invented by Adelaide Crapsey – is a short poem of 5 lines with a syllabic pattern of 2-4-6-8-2. [Source: 2010 Poet’s Market listing for Amaze: The Cinquain Journal, p. … Continue reading

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The Quotidian, July 31, 2010 ~ Justice

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” and: “Environmental justice for all is civil rights in the 21st century.” – Majora Carter (born October 27, 1966) (both quotes are from Carter). Majora Carter is a visionary. She is the … Continue reading

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Landscapes: The Writings of Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit (born 1961) is an author, cultural historian, and activist. Her work is penetrating, insightful, and illuminating. I believe that Solnit is one of the essential writers of our time. Elsewhere, I have discussed her book Hope in a Dark … Continue reading

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The Quotidian, July 30, 2010 ~ Hope as an Act of Defiance

“I believe in hope as an act of defiance, or rather as the foundation for an ongoing series of acts of defiance, those acts necessary to bring about some of what we hope for and to live by principle in … Continue reading

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The Names of Things (non fiction excerpt)

The United States Navy is “The Navy” or “The Nav.”  A Sailor is a Sailor (with the 1st letter capitalized). A Sailor is also a “squid.” It’s an older term or insult, and one which never bothered me. Back in … Continue reading

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The Quotidian, July 29, 2010 ~ War as a Failure of Imagination

“War comes at the end of the twentieth century as absolute failure of imagination, scientific and political. That a war can be represented as helping a people to ‘feel good’ about themselves, their country, is a measure of that failure.” … Continue reading

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Poets and the American Presidency

I’m pleased to write that we have a published poet in the White House. At age 19, Barack Obama had two of his poems published in Feast, a student newspaper at Occidental College. I learned this recently from National Public Radio … Continue reading

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