Category: Poetry

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Three Poems of Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Here are three poems by a neglected (some would say deservedly so) Wisconsin born and raised American poet– Ella Wheeler Wilcox, whose late 19th and early 20th Century verse is full of rhyme and meter and “sentimental” Victorian optimism, the very thing the Modernists rebelled against. And yet many of her poems have a witty, whimsical forthrightness about them. Even the strident activism of … Read More Three Poems of Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Couplets: “The Human Wall”

Because no one will pay to build His WALL– Not Mexico, not Congress, not even the Wall Street Journal or Faux News, not anyone— The PRESIDENT will send soldiers with guns To make sure Mexico does not invade. Nat. Guard will guard the desert (without shade) As long as Trump proclaims that they will stand On rattlesnakes and in the Rio Grande. And who will … Read More Couplets: “The Human Wall”

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Couplets for Justice

By John Frederick Kaufman   In honor of World Poetry Day Couplets for those who don’t betray The verse of stars, the vow of stones And meet the sinking sun alone– As if a cell can bar a soul … As if a whale can hide the whole. (Photo: Of Pieter Lastman, “Jonah and the Whale”, 1621 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

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To Honor Poetry on World Poetry Day, Help Imprisoned Poets Across the Globe

By John Frederick Kaufman PEN International is profiling four poets on World Poetry Day now being held either in prisons or under house arrest for dissenting against injustice through art and/or journalism: Aron Atabek of Kzakhstan, Liu Xia of China, Amanuel Asrat of Eitrea, Dareen Tatour detained by Israel. To see what you can do to help, click on this link to learn more … Read More To Honor Poetry on World Poetry Day, Help Imprisoned Poets Across the Globe

Introducing Rhymed Couplets in honor of the Trump Administration . . .

“Tough Love” Trump will issue tariffs in “a very loving way.” (He thinks that we will love him even when we lose our pay.)

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Robinson Jeffers: “Be Angry at the Sun”

[JFK: Here’s a poetic perspective on politics some may call cynical, some may say stoic. Jeffers referred to his philosophical distance from people as “inhumanism.” This should not, however, be confused with inhumane-ism. Jeffers built a house of stone in Carmel, CA overlooking the Pacific in the days before Carmel was a haven for wealth and tourists. My favorite lines are “the cold passion … Read More Robinson Jeffers: “Be Angry at the Sun”

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Poem: “Death of a Journalist”

By John Frederick Kaufman Sick of screens that blind with light, I’ll sing myself to sleep and let all facts arrive to you undeniably as night. I watch the snow fall silently and do not care to count. I don’t want to tell you anymore what it all amounts to.