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A poetic but unlikely hope for POTUS deliverance

REDEMPTION

Hello, Mr. Trumpster,Your feelings are bare.They come from the dumpster;You don’t really care. You’re his’try reveals you;Your ugly thoughts stain.They’re not red, white and blue;They infect your brain. Your poppa was Klan-bait;Redlines did he draw.He taught you the word, “Hate”;It became your law. With this training begun --A fact you would hide –You were Satan’s stepson,Marched on, side...
Sometimes, talking to strangers is the right thing to do.

The Devil You Know

I hate hospitals. Most people do, I know, but with a family prone to cancer, hard drinking, hard smoking, and other forms of self-destruction, I'd spent far too many hours in hospital waiting rooms. Bad enough when it was an...
Letter to Kim Stanley Robinson: About His New Novel on The Drowning of New York

To Kim Stanley Robinson on The Drowning of New York

Science-Fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson was my student at University of California, San Diego, in the late-70s and early-80s, both in an undergraduate class and as...
Walk With Us

March With Us

At this year’s Women’s March I started from the end. By that I mean, I stood on the steps of the Capitol and awaited the arrival of the Marchers. I talked with the folks setting up tables and collected information...
A poetic but unlikely hope for POTUS deliverance

REDEMPTION

Hello, Mr. Trumpster,Your feelings are bare.They come from the dumpster;You don’t really care. You’re his’try reveals you;Your ugly thoughts stain.They’re not red, white and blue;They infect your brain. Your poppa was Klan-bait;Redlines did he draw.He taught you the word, “Hate”;It became your...
Sometimes, talking to strangers is the right thing to do.

The Devil You Know

I hate hospitals. Most people do, I know, but with a family prone to cancer, hard drinking, hard smoking, and other forms of self-destruction, I'd spent far too many hours in hospital waiting rooms. Bad enough when it was an...
Letter to Kim Stanley Robinson: About His New Novel on The Drowning of New York

To Kim Stanley Robinson on The Drowning of New York

Science-Fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson was my student at University of California, San Diego, in the late-70s and early-80s, both in an undergraduate class and as a doctoral candidate: I directed his dissertation on character systems in novelist Philip K. Dick,...
A 3-D POTUS: Delusional, Deranged, Dangerous

Orange Is The New Whack III

A lot has transpired (yes, I know I’ve used this line before) since Dec. 28, 2017 when I wrote “Orange Is The New Whack II” in which I said, “… not a day has gone by without one lie or...
Mine is "much bigger" and "more powerful" than yours

ODE FANTASTIQUE VERITAS

Two raving maniacs,Both armed with nukes --Don’t call them “brainiacs;”Stick to the truth.How did it come to this –In the whole world,Two idiots full of piss,Vinegar swirled,Came to be prominent,Right here on earth,And to be dominant,Lacking in mirth?Is this what,...