Coronavirus: Must we do nothing or be lockeddown? Some say there is a middle way…

How best to put an end to the Covid-19 pandemic? At the moment, after an irresponsibly late start, many countries in Europe and the United States are attempting various extreme forms of "social distancing" and "sheltering in place", sometimes referred to as "total lockdown." The goal is to prevent people from mingling in close quarters … Continue reading Coronavirus: Must we do nothing or be lockeddown? Some say there is a middle way…

Life in a Time of Covid-19: Local, Private Joys and Separate Politics

We are now in a time of public collapse, known as "social distancing." Perhaps anti-social distancing is a more accurate label. Our global economy is proving to be more fragile than we expected. And it seems there are limits to what our scientific knowledge and technology can accomplish: we are vulnerable to viruses, be they … Continue reading Life in a Time of Covid-19: Local, Private Joys and Separate Politics

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

By John 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 … Continue reading To Honor Poetry on World Poetry Day, Help Imprisoned Poets Across the Globe

Couplets: “It Was a Dark and STORMY Day”

Within the White House the forecast is "Stormy." But the president swears that NOTHING porny Ever happened with that woman hushed With money that had NOTHING to do with slush. Lawyers pay off porn stars all the time Right before elections . . . with their own dime Without the knowledge of the one was … Continue reading Couplets: “It Was a Dark and STORMY Day”

Rumple Oxbridge: “The More War Sonnet for Afghanistan”

By Rumple Oxbridge, liberal lyricist   Trump has a plan to fix Afghanistan: more war will do what war has not before. It is a plan not hard to understand his "war cabinet" advises--War fails? Try more. Eventually this war will have to end but stopping war before we win is like un-masculine and feminist. … Continue reading Rumple Oxbridge: “The More War Sonnet for Afghanistan”