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A Poignant Poem That Encapsulates 2016


A Poignant Poem That Encapsulates 2016

Bill Moyers

My friend Jim Haba, a fine poet in his own right, has done more than anyone I know to democratize the popularity of poetry in our time.

As founding director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and its driving force from 1986 through 2008, he created a venue where poets and poetry lovers, from all over the country, came together in the historic village of Waterloo, NJ, to celebrate, in a festive atmosphere, the verdant and vibrant language of life.


"...I cannot overestimate the danger of immediately grasping for the solace of normalization or simple denial.

That is something to think long and hard about as this year comes to an end.


Thank you for this Bill Moyers. I sent the poem to all my loved ones.


"No Justice, No Peace" is not a threat, rather a profound insight.


Black is also the color of the movement that recognized Marx's diagnosis but provided an alternative to his prescription - Proudhon, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Dorothy Day, Murray Bookchin - calling for the working class to walk away from existing economic-social relations and create a new world in the shell of the old.


Ah, poetry slam. My entry:

Roses are Red
Violets are blue
Was the year that blew.....


Thank you. Thank you very much.


It wasn't banished there. It went there of its own accord.