The Danger of Changing Our Poetry

Published in The Covington News ~ August 17, 2019. A couple of weeks ago I posted this cartoon by my friend Man Martin on Facebook and Twitter. What struck me was the utter lack of pushback. There was none.   I am not expecting the same regarding this...

Cartoon Coffin: a Eulogy

Published in The Covington News ~ July 12, 2019. PREFACE  If you are a subscriber of this newspaper, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything in a while.  Yes, gentle reader, I have been — as we say — busy. And yep, this is an actual eulogy, the one I...

The Importance of “My Bad”

Every honest, thinking person knows that there is a difference between what is simply legal and what is right, what is good and what is that which you can-get-away-with.   I remember being in the fourth grade and attending high school basketball games. (Everybody...

Race and “Good Taste”

Not long ago I was offered a gig at The [ Withholding the Large Virginia Town’s Name Here ]  Arts and Culture Center.   After responding with the thank-you-for-inviting-me email, I went to the center’s website to see what the place was like. There I...

Perpetual Calendars

Now, I shall speak of time and the marking of time. Once I may have said, “the keeping of time,” as in, “My granddaddy’s watch keeps good time,” but that’s a misleading verb, isn’t it?  Time is not kept; it continues to pass...

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