Saturday, September 30, 2017
Autumn Dusk in the Mountains (Wang Wei)
Keeping the Pine Barrens True to Its Name
It has been a four-year long struggle that deeply divided our community. The developers spent lavishly trying to sway public opinion and gained some support particularly from local merchants and builders who stood to benefit most from an uptick in business. But a large majority of residents in our town remained strongly opposed to the proposed development -- we the people of East Quogue have a well-deserved reputation as refuseniks, content with our tidal estuary as it is, ceaseless in its diurnal change, without need of help from Discovery Land or any other luxury real estate developers.
Many thanks to John Bouvier and Julie Lofstad, our local politicians who have shown real backbone in resisting all the pressure and blandishments that big money brings to this type of fray. I also have new found respect for our local paper, The Southampton Press, which came out strongly against the proposed development notwithstanding the bait of full page advertisements being liberally thrown their way. This poem is dedicated to them and all the others who stood up to stop the bulldozers and backhoes in order to keep the Pine Barrens true to its name.
Friday, September 29, 2017
The Smile of Nature
|Nature's Smile (photo by M. Bridge)|
Monday, September 25, 2017
A Short Listicle About Poetry
More and more I realize I have a fundamental problem accepting the prevailing pieties of modern American poetry. Not only that but it seems as if my own ideas about poetry are not welcome within the mainstream of the American poetry community. I call this my Don Share problem. (Don Share, for those of you who don't know, is the highly regarded editor of Poetry magazine.) I've tried sharing my views with Don and his response was short and sweet - he blocked me from his Twitter account so I can no longer so much as view either his poetic or prosaic tweets.
In response to this later day form of digital excommunication, I've put together this short listicle that sets forth a few of my own ideas about poetry, which I hope may serve as counter-programming to one of American poetry's most prominent gatekeeper's more widely held beliefs: