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September 22, 2011

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How true. I have found myself turning to poetry in times of distress and there is so much of it right now what with high unemployment, a wobbly stock market, war, a second war, maybe a third, and the threat of NBA lockout. I agree with Chuck Burgess that Phil Levine's "subtle explorations of inferiority dispel the nation's fears in a way that nothing else can."

I thought Terence Winch was the nation's poet laureate?

Gotta love The Onion.

I have found myself turning to poetry in times of distress and there is so much of it right now what with high unemployment, a wobbly stock market, war, a second war.. maybe a third, and the threat of NBA lockout.

I said interiority not inferiority.

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