2 Poetic Remembrances of 911

1. September 11, 2013, Twelve Years After Twelve, a most significant number Twelve Jacobian elliptic functions and twelve cubic distance-transitive graphs Twelve items in a dozen and a dozen dozens in a gross Twelve cranial nerves in the human body Twelve hours in the a.m. and twelve in the p.m. Twelve days of Christmas and twelve months in a year Twelve signs in both the Western and Chinese … [Read more...]

Another 4th of July In AmeriKa

FireworksOverFlag

         And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,  Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there: Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?                                                           Francis Scott Key It’s several mornings after the 4th of July holiday, which … [Read more...]

Summer Holidays: The Heart of Darkness Revisited

CPT Walker

For the average citizen, Memorial Day and July 4th are associated with sales at box stores and family picnics. I had intended to go to the Wall on Memorial Day to read poetry with other veterans, as I have done several years previously. But when I learned that Rolling Thunder was planning a 25th Anniversary ride throughout Washington to include the Wall, I changed my mind. Being in the presence of thousands of … [Read more...]

Lockdown In AmeriKa? You Betcha!

ChildrenOfMen

Perhaps the most chilling movie I’ve seen during the past decade -- while the American led, once-termed “Global War on Terror” rages on and on and on, ever-expanding both overseas as well as within the Homeland -- was the 2006 movie Children of Men. Its Mexican director, Alfonso Cuaron, has described his dystopian film as the “anti-Blade Runner".  The 1982 Ridley Scott directed film, Blade Runner, likewise … [Read more...]

Driving Through Nevada Terror

SmallJackOLantern

This past Monday, October 31st, was All Hallows’ Eve in the Catholic tradition, secularly known as Halloween, a time of ghosts and goblins when children dress up in costumes to scare each other and go trick-or-treating. Today, unlike in my childhood well over half-a-century ago, kids are accompanied by their parents, since today’s streets in many areas, whether rural, suburban or urban, are mostly unsafe for children … [Read more...]

“Where Soldiers Come From”

(Courtesy of Heather Courtney)

[ A  FILM  REVIEW ] Last Tuesday, September 13th, I was back in one of my old neighborhoods, the Stuyvesant Square area of Manhattan, where I lived when I first moved to New York City in 1972. The neighborhood is contiguous with the sprawling Beth Israel Medical Center, where I was both a client and later worked as an alcoholism counselor in the mid-70s, my first job as a medical professional. It was a nostalgic trip … [Read more...]