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Not for all the whiskey in heaven
Not for all the flies in Vermont
Not for all the tears in the basement
Not for a million trips to Mars

I sit here it is 4:00
Should I say it?
Death occurred to me
And the fit over bounded
My physical thought
As I lie here

Politically speaking
look at this
a word at a time
on my knee
looking forward to a picnic
with my friends
in the afternoon
in their car

You've got to learn how to dance and speak lots of languages
and pull ideas out of your hat.

 A new name remembering
  thirteen dead was on the box.
One of seven sets of twins to

Seen, heard and observed on the picket line in Los Angeles as the WGA strike enters its second week.

Welcome to our treasured island
seized from the tribe
of enemy combatants
who nursed us through
the winter of 1642.

very cold. My small
and panicked last
kiss was like making
a noise to make sure
I was there

Gone's the imposter. And gone's
his gawky cross. Gone's
his tweaked legacy's hit list--Hooray!--
and gone's his waste of song.


Meditations on writers’ conferences, Schlesinger Jr. on America, an Auden poem.

May 15, 2014

We published some of his earliest poems as well as his great 1964 essay on Sonny Liston vs. Cassius Clay.

January 11, 2014

How do you rhyme “Obama” with “Yokahama”?

December 16, 2012

Todd Akin, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan all have me thinking of June Jordan’s great “Poem about My Rights.”

August 22, 2012

A poet passionately engaged with writing and politics, she said "art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it hostage."

March 28, 2012

If the great Hiroshima novel remains unwritten, a number of major poets have written brilliantly on nuclear concerns.

August 16, 2011