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A Thanksgiving Day Fast For Peace By Gary Corseri (2005; repost)

First published on Dandelion Salad in 2008. Originally published in 2005.

Beautiful Fall Day

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By Gary Corseri
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Nov. 20, 2012 Continue reading

Heroes By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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January 8, 2012

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Do not call them “heroes”
if they have done your killing for you.
Say that they have done your bidding;
say they were your “soldiers.”

Say that you have trained them well:
They are the oiled machinations of war,
performing as expected.

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The Lion and the Ox: The Winter of Our Discontent By Gary Steven Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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December 30, 2011

Ron Paul 2012 sign

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“One Law for Lion and Ox is Oppression.” –William Blake

“Where is the place of understanding? Where is wisdom to be found?” –The Book of Job

Info coming at us at the speed of light—gigabytes per nano-sec—and our horse-and-buggy bio-chem brains struggle with ancient grammars, syntaxes and texts! Even our metaphors are now wretchedly overwrought: Not, “how to connect the dots,” but how to perceive, measure, record and duck the shot-gunned info-pellets rushing at our faces! Continue reading

Occupy The World… And The Values Revolution! By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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29 October 2011

Last week, Barbara “wah-wah” Walters—thank you, Gilda Radner!—was trotted in front of ABC’s Evening News cameras to assure those familes still chowing down that the brutal, disgusting, illegal, savage beating, sodomization and execution of Libyan “dictator” Gaddafi was… understandable… because, he was “crazy.”

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Solving the Poor By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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September 13, 2011


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He hoisted her a little higher on his back. …

If only Mother had followed Sister’s counsel about the pumice stone—or had allowed Sister to use the stone on her (and to trim her long toenails, as well!)—her calloused heels would not be chafing his ribs and hips through the thin fabric of his summer yukata.

But, she had always been a stubborn, proud woman; and in her youth she had been considered a bijin—a beauty—who had held her head high among the courtesans—the first wife of the Lord’s First Minister, with her own retinue of servants in the apartments near the Daimyo’s own.

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Farewell Content: Class Wars and Ass Wars By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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August 12, 2011

“Farewell the tranquil mind! Farewell content!
Farewell the plumed troops and the big wars
That make ambition virtue!” — William Shakespeare (Othello)

“It would be supererogatory for me to list those areas in which thoughtful Americans feel that collapse is coming.” — Anthony Burgess, “Is America Falling Apart?” (1971)

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Let Them Eat Cake! By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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July 28, 2011


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The people of Somalia are not like us.
Their skin is black and gray and parched by sun.
They carry their babies on bony hips,
Walking for miles for a little water.
Even their babies are resigned to death,
Hollow-eyed, fly-covered, without the strength
To cry, without the will to endure.

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First the axmen came… By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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July 23, 2011

Uluru/Ayers Rock

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He brought his poem to the workshop.

First the axmen came to chop off the legs.
Then chiselers came to chisel out eyes.

Dabblers daubed painterly oil,
deconstructing carping scaffolding.

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Pointing A Way: A Review of Morris Berman’s Counting Blessings By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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July 10, 2011

Bunkers in the stream (Artwork, 2008)

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Among the nostrums I was taught as an English Lit under-grad, and then a grad student, was the idea that biography had no place in Criticism.  This notion arrived with the “New Critics” of the 1930s—some pretty bright lights, actually, who—as the best of us are wont to do—were in rebellion… in their case against the schmaltzy kind of newspaper “criticism” and reviews—especially of poetry—that preceded them.  That schmaltzy stuff was all about praising the poet’s “sentiment” or good-heartedness, and it was more often than not aimed at women—the main writers and readers of “sentimental” novels and all-too-flowery and rhymy “verse.”

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Our Supreme Corporate Court: 3 Strikes and We’re Out! by Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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July 3, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court For Sale (Washington, DC)

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First, some aphoristic opals:

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” — Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), abolitionist, orator and columnist for The Liberator.

“Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believ’d.” — William Blake

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If Only They Had Tweeted Then! By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri (with special thanks to A. Weiner!)
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June 13, 2011

"Adam & Eve"

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1. The Garden of Eden

Yo! A-man! Evie? Where U at?—G-D
Behind the bushes, Big Guy!—E.
What the? U hiding?—G-D
We’re naked, Lord!—A.
Whoa! Who tole u u were naked?—G-D
Duh! I thought u knew everything?—E.
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Geneva Conventions Redefined: The New U.S. Department of War By Lt. Eric N. Shine and Gary Corseri

By Lt. Eric N. Shine USNR – USMMRR/USMMA KP/ and Gary Corseri
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June 7, 2011

Laser Guided Democracy

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“What’s in a name?”

–William Shakespeare

Most people are unaware of the larger picture developing over the past seven or eight decades, or have been willing to ignore it. This still-developing image portrays matters requiring knowledge of world history, a degree of self-education and a global perspective to recognize and decipher.

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Dear William and Kate: Cut the Crap; This Is Our Home! By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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April 12, 2011

William and Kate Royal Wedding plates

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“Beware of these eyes. … I’m the devil in disguise.”
“Take all you can get… and give as little as possible.” — Mae West (in “I’m No Angel”)

Dear William and Kate,

A thousand apologies for this tardy response to your late-arriving invitation!  (I must confess, after my first question, “Why me—a humble-as-kippers American poet?,” my second question was: “In this era of girdle-tightening austerity, why the gilded note; would some churls think that ‘bad form’?”)

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Small Talk (in memoriam, for Joe Bageant, 1946-2011) By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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March 29, 2011

Yellow Sunset

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(for J.B.)

This one—tack-witted, sharp of tongue—
thinks he’ll die soon, and so,
smokes on (although he loves his wife).

He has made peace at 62 (my age)
with demons, destiny, and even
the C.O.P.D. that will
kick him in.

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Joe Bageant: “Who are we as a people?” By Gary Corseri

By Gary Corseri
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March 23, 2011

West Virginia sunset, October 2009

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RAINBOW PIE: A Redneck Memoir, by Joe Bageant
Scribe Publications, Melbourne, 2010  (U.S. edition, 2011).  310 pp.
Reviewed by Gary Corseri

Lose all your troubles, kick up some sand
And follow me, buddy, to the Promised Land.
I’m here to tell you, and I wouldn’t lie,
You’ll wear ten-dollar shoes and eat rainbow pie. –“The Sugar Dumpling Line,” American hobo song.

“Today, almost nobody in the social sciences seems willing to touch the subject of America’s large white underclass,” writes Joe Bageant on page 2 of his second book, RAINBOW PIE.

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