Good poetry is capable of awakening, not soothing, whether the audience be NPR listeners or undergraduates. Good poetry grabs the readers’ lapels, shakes them awake and leaves them with a reinvigorated view of the world they thought they knew. Jefferson Carter's New and Selected Poems is a terrific collection that both strikes out into new territory and reminds us of older poems that have already staked a claim on our imaginations.
I'm also proud of Sheriff Clarence Dupnik for speaking his mind. He DID focus in with laser precision on the hate-filled rhetoric that passes for political dialogue in this state. Sheriff Dupnik is one more hero in the panoply of heroes associated with the tragedy last Saturday. Thank you, Tom, for so clearly articulating my own sentiments. Burgess Needle
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