An Excerpt from ON RECEIVING AN HONORARY DOCTOR OF HUMANE LETTERS FROM NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE Henniker, New Hampshire 27 January 2009 by David Budbill I I never thought I’d be in a situation like this, not to mention seen in public in a get-up like this. I never thought I’d be a doctor of anything, except maybe […]

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A few years ago a friend in North Carolina said to me in an email, Email is for old people. I was shocked. I thought, and still do, that email is about the greatest thing since sliced bread. What Brett meant was that for a whole couple of generations of young people, Facebook and Twitter have replaced […]

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Apr

19

2012

LITANY FOR TODAY

In the days following the Three Mile Island accident in 1979, I wrote the following poem. It seems relevant again.   LITANY FOR TODAY A Response to the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Accident   From Three Mile Island, from Vermont Yankee, from Seabrook, from a hundred other places in the country a cloud of fear has risen, floated, into our […]

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In 16th Century Lahore, which is present day Pakistan, the artist, Miskin, on the leaf of a manuscript, depicted the story of how The King one day while hunting in the countryside shot a bird with his bow and arrow. When The King approached the bird, The King discovered, much to his chagrin and dismay, […]

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All ancient Chinese poetry is song, to be sung in a high-pitched voice often accompanied by musical instruments.1 And those songs most often tell about the small, ordinary things of our common life together. Chinese poetry focuses on the actual, the things of this world, the here and now. It delights in the physical. It is […]

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Apr

19

2012

SHELL GAME

  A year after 9/11, it is clear that George Bush and his administration are using the so-called War on Terror as an excuse to advance their dreams of unilateral domination abroad and their Right Wing agenda at home. The sooner we can be rid of This Disaster and his administration the better off we […]

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