A Rare Bird upon the Earth and Very Like a Black Swan


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 Educated in the classics, philosophy, literature, theology, and sociology, Ed Curtin teaches sociology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. His writing on varied topics has appeared widely over many years. He states: “I write as a public intellectual for the general public, not as a specialist for a narrow readership. I believe a non-committal sociology is an impossibility and therefore see all my work as an effort to enhance human freedom through understanding.”   His website is http://edwardcurtin.com/ 

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“I can’t tell you what art does and how it does it, but I know that often art has judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent, and shown to the future what the past suffered, so that it has never been forgotten. Art, when it functions like this, becomes a meeting place of the invisible, the irreducible, the enduring, guts, and honor.”    John Berger

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These people pretend to honor and defend democracy but are its most serious enemies. ^3000

Injustice, war, grotesque inequality and the murder of the planet is their handiwork. ^3000

Just 8 billionaires own as much wealth as HALF of all humanity—4 billion people.^3000

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Some more obviously than others, but they all lie. So trust no one on the Big Media.^3000

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Like the fungal NCIS series. Or "24", glorifying Homeland Security. The police state.^3000

Or CBS Madam Secretary. A ridiculous show, like The West Wing. ^3000

Telling us the US government is good, that the president is good, that its cabinet is good.^3000

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Sweet Irony…
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Parting shot—a word from the editors
The Best Definition of Donald Trump We Have Found

In his zeal to prove to his antagonists in the War Party that he is as bloodthirsty as their champion, Hillary Clinton, and more manly than Barack Obama, Trump seems to have gone “play-crazy” — acting like an unpredictable maniac in order to terrorize the Russians into forcing some kind of dramatic concessions from their Syrian allies, or risk Armageddon.However, the “play-crazy” gambit can only work when the leader is, in real life, a disciplined and intelligent actor, who knows precisely what actual boundaries must not be crossed. That ain’t Donald Trump — a pitifully shallow and ill-disciplined man, emotionally handicapped by obscene privilege and cognitively crippled by white American chauvinism. By pushing Trump into a corner and demanding that he display his most bellicose self, or be ceaselessly mocked as a “puppet” and minion of Russia, a lesser power, the War Party and its media and clandestine services have created a perfect storm of mayhem that may consume us all. Glen Ford, Editor in Chief, Black Agenda Report 

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2 thoughts on “A Rare Bird upon the Earth and Very Like a Black Swan

  1. I love the rare bird upon the earth and find it sad but a refreshing change of style and format. OK, not often, but this truly is a rare bird and much like a black swan. Thanks to both startling writer and daring publisher.

  2. I read this poem at another format a few days ago. It affected me deeply then. It reminds me a little of Ginsberg’s “Kaddish” (probably his best poem, though “Howl,” also excellent, gets most of the attention). Curtin’s poem is intimate and so well-stated, a careful reader can get “lost” in it, yet feel secure, for the writer comes back to his themes, develops the injured personality of his missed and beloved sister, and we feel the loss–even as we admire the skill. John Berger’s epigraph is perfectly selected. And Curtin has achieved W.H. Auden’s simple, audacious and profound definition of poetry as “memorable speech.”

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