Posts made in April, 2016

My Wobbly Bicycle, 115

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Archive | 8 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 115

National Poetry Month almost got away from me before I thought to bring it up here.  I’d like to offer this, from Muriel Rukeyser, plus my comments. Each month, for our local newspaper I take a poem and talk it through, as an introduction to poetry for those who ordinarily wouldn’t read a poem at all. Here is this month’s column. Poem I lived in the first century of world wars. Most mornings I would be more or less insane. The news would pour out of various devices The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories, Interrupted by attempts to sell products to the...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 114

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Archive | 11 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 114

Okay, a friend, John Mauk, a really, really good writer, big league writer, asked me to write a post about Trump. How he talks. He has the best words. Well, no, John didn’t say about how he talks. He said write anything. But you know, I’m a big fan of words, very big fan, one of the biggest. So I had to get to the root cause of Trump’s success. Being a writer myself. A very, very good one. I know words. Oh, no, that’s Trump. He has the best words. Run through the Flesch-Kincaid grade-level test, his text of responses score at the 4th-grade reading level. No confusion, no complications...

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