A couple of years ago, an NPR commentator named Jay Keyser said that Wallace Stevens’ "The Snow Man" is “the best short poem in the English language.” While I think it unproductive to call any work of art “best” in any category, I won’t say that Keyser is wrong.These days, for me, “The Snow Man” … Continue reading Bush’s Brain–The Frozen One
(with apologies to Percy Bysshe Shelley)I met a traveler from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor well … Continue reading Bushymandias
The other day, a Frameshop post by Jeffrey Feldman started me thinking about just how best to present the Bush administration in the months before the 2006 election. Feldman was writing specifically about comparisons to fascists, making the point that the Bushists are too stupid to be fascists.True, but it was one of his examples—that … Continue reading The Bushists: Nothing Is as Does Nothing
Parody poetry has been a bit of a hobby of mine ever since I saw The Brand X Anthology of Poetry, Burnt Norton Edition, edited by William Zaranka (Cambridge, MA: Apple-Wood Books, 1981) more than twenty years ago.George Bush and his cronies being such perfect targets, I have been doing more and more of it--and … Continue reading George Bush Is "No Man"