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Resentment will attend all of wretched humanity,

shrieking evil-welcoming leering.

--- Hesiod                

 

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,

starving hysterical naked.

--- Allen Ginsberg          

 

Parascholarly efforts                     

 

The first three categories below include links to items written in the 1980s (with the sole exception of one composed in 1997 on the occasion of the passing of my mother).  At that time I studied poetry and poetry criticism for the purpose of understanding archaic Greek poetry better, and as a natural consequence tried my hand at a few lines myself.  I make no claims as to the quality of the results, but this is a personal website and they are part of who I am or at least was.

 

 

I.         Poems proper (in some sense).

 

            Introduction

 

            Or, as the haiku puts it,

 

            The Fall

 

            Landslide

 

            For Hesiod

 

            1984  

 

            Ode to Lisa, in Memory of Michael Stewart

 

            Thirty-two anapests for quantum chromodynamics

 

            untitled (Gallery)

 

            Variations on Charles Olson, with Deference to Anaximander and Yājñavalkya

 

            For Rilke (Folk Life Festival)

 

            To Walt Whitman et al. (In Memoriam: Edgar J. Beall, 1907-1986)

 

            To Hemisappho

 

            Three triplets

 

            Seashore impressions

 

            To Verna Marsh, July 5, 1909 - November 24, 1997

 

 

 

II.        Silloi

 

            Postcard from Earth

 

            According to the New York Times science report

 

            According to another New York Times science report

 

            According to still another New

 

            Lake Woe, begone

 

            Personal

 

 

 

III.      Occasional pieces in prose

 

            Meson

 

            Derrida meets Coyote

 

 

 

IV.       Washington Post letters.

 

During the early years of the 21st century I wrote several dozen “letters to the editor” of the Washington Post, on a number of subjects.  It published only one, on September 11, 2002 (apparently deeming that example acceptable because the paper was publishing several letters on this day under the banner “remembrance,” whereas in discussing response to the alleged watershed event a year earlier in my relatively mild letter I happened to use that word for no particular reason).  Despite this record, I like to think that my submissions, and similar efforts by other people that the paper considered unsuitable, contributed to the editorial room’s internal strife on the issue of the Iraq war in particular that other local media have reported. In any case, the following is a sampling (also including an e-mail to another section of the paper at the end).

 

 

            On certain animal representations

 

            On Israel and the Palestinians

 

            On spiders and Muslims

 

            On the Iraq war I

 

            On “the human sciences”

 

            On athletic team names

 

            On the Prince Georges County, Maryland police

 

            On Librarians of Congress

 

            On cicadas and cicadas

 

            On the Iraq war II

 

            On Watergate, or, on the Iraq war III

 

            On “irregularities” by the FBI et al.

 

            On Turin vs. Torino Olympics

 

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