American Life in Poetry: Column 505 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE Stuart Kestenbaum is a Maine poet with a new book, Only Now, from Deerbrook Editions. In it are a number of thoughtful poems posed as prayers, and here’s an example: Prayer for Joy What was it we wanted to say anyhow, like today when there were all the letters in my alphabet … Read More “Prayer for Joy”: a poem by Stuart Kestenbaum via American Life in Poetry
(Here’s a link to a printed copy of Whittier’s poem, published in a newspaper called the Signal of Liberty in 1842.) Most days I am of two minds, a state of being I’m sure I share with many other people: should I try to save the world, or a small part of it, through a prosy speaking out (evidence and argument) or should I try to save my … Read More On Politics & Poetry
Catching up with Dennis Kucinich via Common Dreams: Kucinich: Weary Nation ‘Must Not Cede to Forces of Destruction’.
Grover G. Norquist and Patrick Gleason, both of Americans for Tax Reform, have opined via Reuters that Gov. Scott Walker “would be a smart model” for the Republican Party along the lines of Pres. Calvin Coolidge. Norquist and Gleason claim that Walker’s work in Wisconsin is much like Coolidge’s limited-government philosophy, a slashing of taxes that “fueled a stunning prosperity” in the 1920’s. If Wisconsin as a whole under … Read More Gov. Scott Walker and Pres. Calvin Coolidge
A report just released by Clean Wisconsin provides compelling evidence that the “reusing” of coal ash throughout southeastern Wisconsin is affecting the safety of our groundwater, including water drawn from wells for drinking. And if it’s happening here, it’s happening wherever coal ash is “reused” in under-regulated ways. The report explains that coal ash can be “encapsulated” within a material, say in concrete, or left as a “unencapsulated” … Read More New Report Reveals Extent of Coal Ash Pollution