Monthly Archives: June 2018

What Really Happened with Goliath

In Robert Graves’s version of the David-Goliath story, confident righteousness can get you killed.

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Trump Policy Is Oliver Twist Redux

Dickens would have a field day with the Trump administration’s decision to separate children from their families.

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Hair That Jumps Up and Dances

Lucille Clifton’s “homage to my hair”lifts up those who have doubts about having kinky hair.

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Dante’s Place for GOP “Moderates”

Dante has a place in inferno for people like current Republicans “moderates” who talk a good game but refuse to stand up to Trump.

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Why an Af-Am Meg Is Important

Having an African American Meg in the film version of Wrinkle in Time adds an important dimension to the novel.

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Trump, a Kane-Type Narcissist

Citzen Kane, Trump’s favorite film, brilliantly captures a narcissist. Margaret Atwood and Sylvia Plath also have things to say about narcissism.

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Blake on Bible-Citing Politicians

William Blake would strenuously oppose Jeff Sessions Immigration policies.

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Becoming Clever at Age Six

A. A. Milne’s poem about turning six gets the age just right.

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Retirement Changes How Time Feels

Terry Pratchett examines how we handle time in “Thief of Time.”

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What Our Libraries Reveal about Us

Merging my library with my father’s have given me a new appreciation for him.

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The GOP and Trump’s Modest Proposals

The practice of separating immigrant children from their asylum-seeking parents is reminiscent of the Modest Proposer’s solution.

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Finding Hope in Dark Times

If you need to poem to give you hope as Donald Trump tries to blow up the world order, check out Muriel Rukeyser’s “I lived in the first century of world wars.”

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Straying into the Holy Temple of the Lord

In memory of Helen Keller, who died 50 years ago (June 1, 1968), here’s a poem she wrote who overflows with authentic feeling.

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Celebrating 45 Years of Marriage

To commemorate the 45th anniversary of my marriage to Julia, I turn to Donne’s “Valediction: Forbidding Mourning.”

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Using Lit to Battle Fake News

Authors can fight back against autocratic attempts to define reality but can no longer resort to classic realism, Salman Rushdie argues.

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Trump Reality: Puerto Rico a Success

Puerto Rico hurricane disaster, like the banana plantation massacre in “100 Years of Solitude,” has all but vanished from the airways.

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The Dangerous Art of Chainsaws

I thought of Robert Frost’s poem “Out, Out” as tree trimmers took down a rotten tree by our house.

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Crude Caricatures Are Not Effective Satire

Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee gave their fans a quick high with their foul language, but such language does little substantive.

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Teach Us All You Can of Saying Yes

Like Eli, Nancy Schaffer looks for instruction from the child Samuel after he hears God calling.

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June Love, Simple and Entire

For a June poem, here’s Richard Wilbur reminiscing about young love.

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