Resentment will attend all of wretched humanity,
shrieking evil-welcoming leering.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness,
starving hysterical naked.
--- Allen Ginsberg
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).
III. Occasional pieces in prose
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).