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From Poet Sharon Olds

No thanks, there's just something about regimes of blood...

Award-winning poet Sharon Olds declined an invitation from the first lady to read at the National Book Festival in DC this weekend. Not that Olds is hard up for cash or recognition but poets don't often get the chance to read before 85,000 people -- especially poets whose poems don't rhyme.

Olds writes: "The possibility of finding new readers is exciting for a poet in personal terms, and in terms of the desire that poetry serve its constituents--all of us who need the pleasure, and the inner and outer news, it delivers."

She then delivers this powerful condemnation that I wouldn't excerpt if you begged me to:

I thought that I could try to find a way, even as your guest, with respect, to speak about my deep feeling that we should not have invaded Iraq, and to declare my belief that the wish to invade another culture and another country--with the resultant loss of life and limb for our brave soldiers, and for the noncombatants in their home terrain--did not come out of our democracy but was instead a decision made "at the top" and forced on the people by distorted language, and by untruths. I hoped to express the fear that we have begun to live in the shadows of tyranny and religious chauvinism--the opposites of the liberty, tolerance and diversity our nation aspires to.

I tried to see my way clear to attend the festival in order to bear witness--as an American who loves her country and its principles and its writing--against this undeclared and devastating war.

But I could not face the idea of breaking bread with you. I knew that if I sat down to eat with you, it would feel to me as if I were condoning what I see to be the wild, highhanded actions of the Bush Administration.

What kept coming to the fore of my mind was that I would be taking food from the hand of the First Lady who represents the Administration that unleashed this war and that wills its continuation, even to the extent of permitting "extraordinary rendition": flying people to other countries where they will be tortured for us.

So many Americans who had felt pride in our country now feel anguish and shame, for the current regime of blood, wounds and fire. I thought of the clean linens at your table, the shining knives and the flames of the candles, and I could not stomach it.
(The Nation)


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Utter words of wisdom and gold. Let it be heard, Laura Bush. You will not escape the flames of hell.

the Cu$h / Bheney / Love USA

Sick Government Stolen Gangsters...

Killers... And Buds Lie In the Shit...


Meanwhile on the far side of Turd Blossom Street...

Creative people are Given hidden tools...

Out of the Earth to pry lose truths from the Gods...

To slay the lie-fire smoking muck...

Foaming from the death dragons forked tongue...

Singing their Happy Motto...

They are already Dead a long time ago

By Roger Drowne EC more poems at

Scroll Way Down till U C

Another New Poem...


Finally, that smiling cheerleading cretin gets an earful. Right On!

Another warrior stands up and rejects the criminal nature of this administration.
If more people known and unknown, would make a strong stand like Sharon Olds, perhaps, just perhaps we could impeach this administration and remove them from office before 08.
Chavez blasts this administration at the UN and receives a thunderous applause and standing ovation. The Arab women in the audience of Karen Hughes reject her for her utter arrogance and assumptions, Tom DeLay is indicted, Karl rove likely to be indicted, Bill Frist under investigation...its coming. I think there is a swell of anger building in this Nation and people are now finally waking up.
I say....turn your back on these criminals. When Bush enters an audience or appears in public, citizens should turn their backs to him, and hang their heads in utter shame and protest.
When he makes speeches at military bases, soldiers should turn their backs to him in protest of sending the bravest and most serving of our citizens into a war that was illegal and is utter evil.
May many more Sharon Olds stand up and reject this empire of corruptness and vile behavior.

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