Category Archives: Forché (Carolyn)

Poetry vs. Saudi Atrocities

Friday I have shared this Carolyn Forché atrocity poem in the past when Trump wanted to reinstate CIA black sites and bring back waterboarding,  but I didn’t think I would ever apply it to actual dismemberments. This is where we are, however, so I’m posting it again. The Saudis dismembered Washington Post journalist and American permanent […]

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Trump to Torture’s Opponents: Drop Dead

Donald Trump wants to bring back torture, specifically waterboarding. Like the colonel in Carolyn Forché’s poem by that name, he is a showman who seeks to intimidate.

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On Trump’s Cheap Nuclear Bomb Talk

With Donald Trump talking so casually about the use of nuclear bombs, it is important to remind ourselves how horrific they are. This power Carolyn Forché poem opens our eyes.

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