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Monthly Archive: April 2011

Apr 30 2011

Saying Goodbye To Poetry Month

By my reckoning, there are still just under 5 hours left (or 6, 7, 8, 9, or 11, depending on your time zone) in National Poetry Month. If you haven’t properly celebrated, you don’t have much time left. As a public service, then, I give you a push-button that sends you to the best collection …

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Apr 30 2011

The Predictable Comment

What a pointless waste of money!What a frightful waste of time!This is lame, disgusting drivelAnd it isn’t worth a dime!What a waste of a reporterWhen this clearly isn’t news!Your priorities are foolish—Give us something we can use!This misguided bit of effort,Lacking substance, style, or taste,And my time it took to read itAre an utter, total …

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Apr 29 2011

Anxiety By A Length

I’ve broken bonesHad kidney stonesAnd thrown up from the painBeen badly burnedAnd so, I learnedThe hurt, in time, will wane A migraine’s curseAnd even worse—A devilish varietyAll these, and moreI’d try, beforeRevisiting anxiety. I’ve seen several reports on this story, and find it tremendously moving. Tom Durkin, for over a decade the voice of the …

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Apr 28 2011

HACAASASTFU

They text or tweet, they poke or winkThey live their lives onlineThey post or like or blog or linkAnd, virtually, they’re fine. With laptops, tablets, phones or moreIt’s pure online enmeshmentNow Pepsi gives a chance to pourA “Random Act of Refreshment” With Social Vending, you can sendA drink to quench the thirstOf real-life, human, meatspace …

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Apr 27 2011

The Man Behind The Curtain

Real medicines that pass a testHave evidence that they are bestIn journals on the shelfSuch data, sadly, alt-med lacksAnd so it must depend on quacks—It can’t defend itself! When Oprah said, “we need a guyTo stare the camera down, and lie”The doctor took the call—How brave of him to take a stanceDefending things that work …

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Apr 26 2011

The Ballad Of The Birthers

So Barack Hussein ObamaWith his Papa and his MamaWere in Kenya to experience the miracle of birthAnd the bouncing baby’s bounce meantTime to send a fake announcementTo a paper in Hawaii, on the other side of Earth Cos the birthers know that when yaHave a baby born in KenyaWhy, his options there are limited–not much …

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Apr 25 2011

The Rough Draft

You’re proud of yourself and the way that you writeIn a world full of darkness, you show us the lightI would see it myself, if I weren’t so uptightI’m the victim, it seems, of my breedingYou’re the wave of the future; I’m stuck without sightBut I’d rather you’d just done the reading. You’ll have to …

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Apr 24 2011

If I Won A Million Dollars…

“Science and faith are completely compatible”This statement should never offend—And the truth is, we knowIt will always be soJust as long as we see,When the two disagree,That religion’s the one that must bend. The vertebrate eye is a kind of a miracleWhich science and faith both explainAn empirical questIs the method that’s bestWhen we see …

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Apr 23 2011

The Hipster Entomologist

A hipster entomologist, with Polaroid in handChose to catalog the insects of the nationHe was hopelessly devoted to the tool of Edwin LandFor its clarity and color saturation He had honed his craft for decades; he had quite an expert’s eyeEvery shot he took, his genius shone within itAnd he didn’t need a darkroom, to …

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Apr 23 2011

In Marlowe’s Kitchen

Come live with me and be my love And just as loaves of bread will prove, Our lives, each other’s lives will leaven, Rising thus, become our heaven We will sit on kitchen chairs Discuss our hopes, our fears, our cares, The things that fill our daily lives Midst cups and bowls, and spoons and …

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