Tag Archives: Scott Bates

Christmas Eve Updated

Christmas Eve A Christmas Eve poem by my father, probably inspired by Jean Luc Godard’s controversial film Hail Mary. Item By Scott Bates They came in on Interstate 93 Past a dozen signs of NO VACANCY And finally stopped at the Holiday Inn Where she stayed in the car while he went in And was politely […]

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A Fable that Explains Charity

Scott Bates finds less than altruistic motives behind charitable acts but note that they end up in the right place anyway.

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Homage to My Father, a Reader

Friday Tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of my father’s death. To remember him, I share one of his poems about reading. My father read to my brothers and me virtually every night when we were growing up, passing along a passion that became our own. In “The Retiring Candle,” he imagines an introverted candle retreating […]

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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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In Support of Today’s Anti-NRA Marchers

In support of today’s march against the NRA and in support of sensible gun control, I post a powerful anti-NRA poem by Scott Bates.

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NRA Uber Alles

Scott Bates “unloads” on the NRA in a poem which never goes out of date.

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A Herculean Task: Purging Old Files

I’ve spent the last couple of days going through my father’s files (and throwing most of them away). I feel like Heracles cleaning out the Augean stables, as described by Seamus Heaney.

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The NRA, Preying on Anxious White Men

The NRA is implicated in the ease by which the Las Vegas shooter acquired an arsenal of automatic weapons. This Scott Bates poem calls the organization out.

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Curling Up with a Good Book

This Scott Bates is a testimony to the solitary joy of reading.

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