Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The Las Vegas Badger and Boots and Sabers are wondering, has Shirley gone squirrelly? From the LVB: In a pretty straight forward case involving a dead end road, Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson tried to decide a case by not using past court decisions, state law or anything judicial. Instead, she tried to rule on a […]

First Lady Michelle Obama is having a poetry reading at the White House. Among the poets is Chicago poet and rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., AKA “Common.” The Daily Caller has a nice transcript from one of “Common’s” poems read aloud: A Letter to the Law Dem boy wanna talk… [indistinguishable] Whatcha gon do if […]

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus William Carlos Williams 1962 According to Brueghel when Icarus fell it was spring a farmer was ploughing his field the whole pageantry of the year was awake tingling near the edge of the sea concerned with itself sweating in the sun that melted the wings’ wax unsignificantly off the […]

The Tiger William Blake. 1757–1827 TIGER, tiger, burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies                      5 Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What […]

The Unknown Citizen by W. H. Auden (21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973) (To JS/07 M 378 This Marble Monument Is Erected by the State) He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be One against whom there was no official complaint, And all the reports on his conduct agree That, in the […]

Predictions, Predictions, Predictions. Once again, it’s time to shake the magic martini shaker and see into the future.  Four or five ought to do it.  If we stare at the olive in the glass long enough, a vision slowly appears.  A vision of things to come, and another refill.  This year, I decided to keep […]

The lovely Doreen from Waukesha and I are both fans of the Showtime series, “The Tudors.” As the episode ends this eventing, Thomas Wyatt is composing a poem. Unfortunately, they translate the last line. Here’s the full poem:V. InnocentiaVeritas Viat FidesCircumdederuntme inimici mei {1}by Sir Thomas Wyatt, the Elder Who list his wealth and ease […]

Residents of Lesbos are suing over the word, “Lesbians,” wanting it reserved for residents of their island. Three islanders from Lesbos – home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love between women – have taken a gay rights group to court for using the word lesbian in its name. One of the plaintiffs said […]