Monthly Archives: December 2018

For E. Pound from the Thoroughly Smug

I didn’t really understand what you meant When you said you saw a family picnicking And they were happier than you, Even though I felt it must be true.   And when you said you were happier than I was, … Continue reading

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Christmas Rap (#poem, sort of)

I’m sure you can tell I’m Part of the hip-hop community So I take every opportunity To spit rhymes like a hot tap Gushing cheer in a Christmas rap. When the weather is cold, When the weather is hot My … Continue reading

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Christmas Advice for Nonbelievers (#poem)

You’re not a believer And Christmas isn’t for you But you can enjoy The festive season, too. Your whole season Doesn’t have to be wrecked Just focus on all the Commercial aspects. You don’t have to be spiritual To enjoy … Continue reading

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Another Train Song (#poem, #villanelle)

Standing on the platform, waving goodbye to yesterday’s train. Perhaps you wanted to feel you had a little bit of control. You’re saying you hope that train never comes back again. A peripatetic pretense helps to ease the pain. It’s … Continue reading

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Salutations for Sally (#poem)

A poem for my wife’s birthday. Salutations for Sally  The years don’t pass slowly anymore, But there’s still time for an eternity In your eyes, in your arms, your love. Each moment a step to infinity, But time doesn’t march, … Continue reading

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Quaker Eugenics: Antinomies and Paradoxes

Some of history’s most famous and infamous hereditarians were Quakers: Samuel Morton, Francis Galton, Karl Pearson, Daniel Garrison Brinton, and Henry Herbert Goddard. In varying degrees, they exhibited a passion for knowledge and scientific research, concern for the improvement of … Continue reading

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Close to the Flames (#poem)

I stood outside the gates of Hell, Ready to dive headlong into flame, But you put your hand on my shoulder, Turned me toward you and kissed my face. You held me tightly against you and promised You’d protect me … Continue reading

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