100,000 Poets for Change 
Proud to be part of this chorus of voices speaking out on the American election. Click on the link below to read the poems.
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The Demagogue 
like those before him, less blood
or a different kind, different
ceremony but similar use of timing
and Other as when Europe swelled
from pogroms and picket lines.
I donít mean to equate brutalities
but history is bound by desire
spit and gut.
You can slay an order
when we're grinding our teeth.
The right mix of wind and kindle
a clear enough path
to unleash the legs of flame.
They knew, they know
fear is bloody heady-
we donít care for details.
Weíre tired and
when youíre tired
the smell of body
on altar delivers.
Hot front, full speed
seemed to come from nowhere.


Haiku 
It's hard to hold mist.
Rather, burn off like fog. Sit,
Grin. Let the sky cleave.

Written during the Wisdom of EveryDay Life sessions at the Shambhala Centre, Halifax with Bob and Linda.


Is Poetry Political? 
For some reason, I've been giving this a lot of thought lately.

I like Adrienne Rich's answer to a similar question, "Can poetry affect social change?":

"Yes, where poetry is liberative language, connecting the fragments within us, connecting us to others like and unlike ourselves, replenishing our desire. . . . In poetry words can say more than they mean and mean more than they say. In a time of frontal assaults both on language and on human solidarity, poetry can remind us of all we are in danger of losingódisturb us, embolden us out of resignation."

Also Seamus Heaney crediting poetry with offering:

"a less binary and altogether less binding vocabulary"

The arresting and nuanced challenge positivist normative ways of thinking and moving in the world. Food for and voice of our authentic selves. What is more political than being completely in our skins?

Jean Baker Miller:

"Authenticity and subjugation are incompatible."





A Reading List on Loss, Death and Will 
Nox, Anne Carson

One Crow Sorrow, Lisa Martin

As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

A Grief Observed, CS Lewis

Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre by Simone de Beauvoir

A Very Easy Death, by Simone de Beauvoir

H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald

Goshawk, by TH Whyte

The Long Goodbye, Meahan O'Rourke

Freud, Beyond the Pleasure principle

Adam Philips, Darwin's Worms

Schopenhaur, The World as Will and Representation

Walter A. Davis, Deracination: Historicity, Hiroshima, and the Tragic Imperative

When Pain is the Doorway, Pema Chodron

Wave, Sonali Deraniyagala

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel

Bough Down, Karen Green

The Loved One, Evelyn Waugh




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