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 … Continue reading Robinson Jeffers: “Be Angry at the Sun”

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”

“Is public virtue dead?”: Shelley’s “Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things”

  By John Frederick Kaufman What better poem to turn to than one recently discovered in England, a poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1811 when he was just 18 and a student at Oxford University. No copy of the poem existed in the public realm until this month, when Oxford's Bodleian Library made it available online. The … Continue reading “Is public virtue dead?”: Shelley’s “Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things”

Rumple Oxbridge: “In Ignorance We Cannot Trust”

By Rumple Oxbridge (imaginary rhymer-in-residence) What Gov. Walker learned, at last, is this: ignorance is only bliss if ignorance is all there is -- "In God We Trust" will soon go bust if you think God thinks for us. [For the NY Times' Frank Bruni column, 800 words of prose on the relationship between Gov. Walker, Republican … Continue reading Rumple Oxbridge: “In Ignorance We Cannot Trust”