“British Parties Jockey to Form Governing Alliance” (Chen-ou Liu)

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politicians
blah blah blah…
snowflakes

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Headlines:

“British Parties Jockey to Form Governing Alliance” (New York Times)

“An Uncertain and Difficult Road Ahead in London” (New York Times)

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Poem by Chen-ou Liu (see poet biographies). Read more by this poet.

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^ 5 Comments...

  1. Bill Kenney

    We Americans sometimes think that “blah blah blah” sounds classier with a British accent.

  2. Laurence Stacey

    This is an incredible piece of work Chen-ou! This is actually one of my favorite poems submitted by you. The juxtaposition here is outstanding. The use of “blah, blah, blah” really illuminates the image of snowflakes. Lovely work my friend!

  3. Chen-ou Liu

    Bill, thanks for your comment.

    Laurence, glad you like my poem. Thanks for your encouraging comment.

    Chen-ou

  4. James Tipton

    Chen-ou,
    Another nice one. I particularly like the “blah blah blah” of the politicians set against the more real and more beautiful world of falling snow. It reminded me when I first read it of Walt Whitman’s “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer Speak,” in which a person patiently listens to the verbose professor:

    When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
    How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
    Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
    In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
    Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

  5. Chen-ou Liu

    James,

    Thank you so much for your close reading and for posting Whitman’s poem. I love it.

    Chen-ou

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