Archive for September 3rd, 2011

by lizard

(photo by Peter Essick)

The state department is ready to greenlight the pipeline. Daryl Hannah can make headlines getting arrested, but the powerlines are beyond the grasp of even her celebrity status.

The protest in Missoula was a nice piece of street theatre. It generated some small talk in the fancy boutique my wife dragged me into for the free caricature drawings. I tried to hear what they were saying, but my kid was too loud and wiggly. There appeared to be some mild concern about what was being done to forests by the tar sands project, and some mild derision of the protesters, peppered with a few polite chuckles of agreement.

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Ochenski’s column this week features a brazen subtitle: How Democrats Lost the 2012 Election. Not a spoiler, it ends like this:

While telling Americans he would change the way business is done in the White House, Obama has continued the oil-baron, big-corporate policies of the last President Bush. If it’s goodbye to labor and goodbye to greens, come the 2012 elections, it’ll be goodbye to Obama.

Read the whole article. It’s got Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, pulling resources from Obama’s reelection efforts, and Hillary’s sycophant, Paul Elliot, whoring for the pipeline.

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That’s a lot of political baggage to unpack for a LWPS lead-in. Whew. Now, for the poetry this week I pulled two books from my stacks. The first is a field guide to nature poems, written by John Felstiner, called Can Poetry Save the Earth?. The second is an anthology edited by Sam Hamill, Poets Against The War, a collection of poems Sam would have presented to Laura Bush, had she not canceled her little poetry symposium as her husband prepared to preemptively strike Iraq.

First up, this from the preface of Felstiner’s field guide: Continue Reading »

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