Every since I wrote this weekend with the news that I’m stepping down, after 11 years, as a columnist on poetry for my local paper, I’ve received some very nice farewells. I mean, very nice. One woman wrote me to say she had read and kept each and every one of the pieces in binders marked On Poetry....more
I just finished watching the first segment of PBS NewsHour’s poetry series featuring US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey that aired last night. The segment focused on how poetry and language have enhanced the quality of life for dementia patients and others with memory disorders....more
We live in a world where whenever the discussion turns to humanitarian assistance or military intervention what is meant by that is American assistance and American intervention.
There are good reasons for this fact. It was the United States that pushed for the creation of the United Nations in 1945 and then insisted on becoming the organization’s host....more
I was saddened to read the news on my Facebook page this morning (because that’s how we get most of our news these days, from shared stories on social media) of Seamus Heaney’s death at the age of 74. Many friends and acquaintances noted his passing by posting quotes from his poems, or by linking to video or audio of one of his readings, and very few people pulled from the same work, which is a testament to both his reach and to the large body of work he produced in his lifetime....more