Monday, December 17, 2012


The events in Connecticut

Found an article I liked on the killing of the children in Connecticut this past Friday. The article, in the website of CounterPunch magazine, comments on the underlying culture of violence that create the ground where such terrible acts take shape.

We live in a society whose political and economic and cultural leaders routinely promote the notion that if you have a problem, the best way to deal with it is to go get the biggest gun you can find, and walk in shooting.

"These dead," wrote poet Tom McGrath, "weren't put down by Cheyennes or Red Chinese: / The poison of their own sweet country has brought them here."

(The above from McGrath's poem "Something Is Dying Here," in his book Movie at the End of the World published by Swallow Press; also can be found in McGrath's Selected Poems published by Copper Canyon Press.)

The CounterPunch article is here.

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