Chris Hedges: We Desperately Need the Clarion Call of the Radical Poet to Give Words to our Despair + The Wreckage of a Soul by Soraya Boyd

Reaching Out

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Originally on RT America on Dec 3, 2017

The Chris Hedges YouTube Channel on Jul 6, 2022

Gerald Stern, Poet and Author, discusses how poets and their poetry have lost the voice to “speak truth to power” in this digital society.


In case you missed this, first published November 5, 2014

The Wreckage of a Soul

by Soraya Boyd
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Facilitate Global
December 3, 2017

Drifting in the fevered winter of a desolate mind
The captive pursuit of status and power a daily grind
In such a space the stilled bells of conscience no longer toll
For travailing arduously against sense and dignity many lose their soul

The lure of a total materialistic apex never quite complete
Ever more surreptitiously insatiable want relentlessly compete
While false friends intentfully slither to the glamoured realm
Circumventing inconvenient legalities to steady the corporate helm

Navigating a scathing moral desert dizzily coursing chartered loopholes
Erring wondrously in self contained dimly lit halls
Hearts scarred by petrified crevasses of decayed compassion
Litter a once internally empathetic constitution

When seduced by the prospect of riches galore
Ruthless slobbering ooze profusely from every sinew and pore
Imperceptibly descending into the final winding folds of perdition
Will an auspicious epiphany occur ushering in providential redemption?

Now but a refracted shadow of a silhouetted ghost
Scavenge voraciously on the discarnate host
Shackled to the self wrought chains of deceitful manipulation
Condemned to roam the desolate space of self annihilation

Until per chance for an age perhaps
Seeped in the restorative waters of profound contrition
Redeemed, arise anew in humility
Rectitude, empathy, purpose and communion

Soraya Boyd is Founder and CEO of Facilitate Global. She can be contacted at

See also:

Death of an Oracle, by Chris Hedges

From the archives:

The Corporate State Will Kill Us–Rise Up!

Fling Back Despair!

Lukomorye: Poets Pave the Road to the Golden Age by Gaither Stewart

The Climes They Are A-Changin’ by Ed Ciaccio

Probably Possible: A Simple Poem for a Big Problem by Andrew Gavin Marshall

And The Land Cried Tears of Blood by Soraya Boyd

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  7. I’m not sure to whom this ought to be properly attributed, but it goes something like: If you think poets are poorly paid, try being a mystic…!

    I really enjoyed this interview, because it is so refreshing to hear some intelligent, mature cultural discourse on US mainstream TV.

    Uhh, well, sort of… that RT is persona non grata in the Land of the Free….I suppose there’s not a lot left to do but go whistle Dixie or maybe waste some time “Circumventing inconvenient legalities to steady the corporate helm.”

      • I should have put that in quotes Lo ~ “US mainstream!” Ha ha. I started watching Al Jazeera English when it became available here in the UK, after first being introduced to the Arabic service by my close colleague and Iraqi friend in Spain in early 2000’s.

        I don’t remember exactly when RT started broadcasting here, but I’ve followed it for a long time probably since 2005 or so on satellite. Wikipedia dates the dedicated channels RT America to 2010 and RT UK to 2014.

        • For travailing arduously against sense and dignity many lose their soul ~ now, that’s quite a line.

        • Yes, it is. When putting this post together I wanted to have a poem to go with the interview and found Soraya Boyd’s poem that I published many years ago. I think it fits the topic well.

        • I only know RT and RT America from their Youtube channels because I don’t have cable nor satellite and don’t watch TV at all.

          Dandelion Salad used to post videos from Al-Jezeera until their videos were no longer available to US viewers. I think that has changed in the last couple/few years.

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