Posts Tagged ‘Tanka’

“Afghan Marital Rape Law” (Dick Whyte)

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

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………………..summer
………………..turns to autumn
………………..she asks
………………..what choice do I have—
………………..starvation or rape

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Headlines:

“Gordon Campbell on the Afghan Marital Rape Law” (Scoop News)

“Right to Rape: Is That What We’re Fighting For” (Timesonline)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Workers Struggles” (Dick Whyte)

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

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………………..cold snap…
………………..she watches her
………………..co-worker
………………..and (ex?) friend
………………..cross the picket-line
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Headlines:

“Workers Struggles: Europe and Africa” (World Socialist News)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Sacramento Police Arrest 17 at Homeless Camp” (Dick Whyte)

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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………………..the last embers
………………..of a makeshift campfire
………………..burning out
………………..17 homeless arrested
………………..in Sacramento

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Headlines:

“Sacramento Police Arrest 17 at Homeless Camp” (Sacramento Bee)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“NZ Out of Recession: Strong Currency Threat” (Dick Whyte)

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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………………..smoke break
………………..two cleaners debate
………………..the headlines:
………………..recession probably over
………………..economy in threat

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Headlines:

“NZ Out of Recession, Strong Currency Threat” (Forbes)

“Two Surveys Point to Rise in Economic Confidence” (National Business Review)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“One Way or Another: Leaving Iraq” (Dick Whyte)

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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………………..day moon…
………………..she wonders how to tell
………………..her children
………………..their father died
………………..for nothing

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Headlines:

“One Way or Another: Leaving Iraq” (The Washington Post)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Obama, Congress Easing Debate on Public Option” (Laurence Stacey)

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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………………..a few rowdy geese
………………..heading south
………………..I mute
………………..the latest argument
………………..over health care

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Headlines:

“Obama, Congress Easing Debate on Public Option” (Yahoo News)

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Poem by Laurence Stacey (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Iran and Afghanistan Aren’t Ours to Win” (Dick Whyte)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

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………………..5000 dead
………………..35000 wounded
………………..do the birds
………………..mourn the passing
………………..of summer too

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Headlines:

“Iran and Afghanistan Aren’t Ours to Win” (The Washington Post) Many thanks to Dylan Horrocks for recommending this article to me.

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Cheney on Prisoner Abuse” (Dick Whyte)

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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………………..a pigeon
………………..picks at
………………..yesterday’s news…
………………..Cheney still defends
………………..prisoner abuse

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“Cheney Still Manipulating People – Now in Public” (Huffington Post)

“CIA Interrogation Memos Provide Fodder For Both Sides” (LA Times)

“Cheney on Prisoner Abuse” (Times Now)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Foreclosure Crisis Falls Hard on Veterans” (Laurence Stacey)

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

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………………..home
………………..after eight years
………………..in Iraq…
………………..my brother now battles
………………..bill collectors

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Headlines:

“Foreclosure Crisis Falls Hard on Veterans” (McClatchy News)

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Poem by Laurence Stacey (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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“Car Bomb Kills 7 in Market South of Iraqi Capital” (Janet Lynn Davis)

Friday, September 25th, 2009

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the crackle and pop
of my breakfast cereal—
more news
about car bomb blasts
somewhere else in the world

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Headlines:

“Car Bomb Kills 7 in Market South of Iraqi Capital” (Associated Press)

“Car Bomb in Kabul Kills 6 Italians, 10 Afghans” (Associated Press)

“Policeman Killed in Car Bombing in S.Thailand” (China View)

“Marketplace Suicide Blast Kills 25 in Northwest Pakistan” (Foreign Policy)

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Poem by Janet Lynn Davis (see poet biographies). First published in Wisteria (July 2006). Although this is an old poem, sadly it is still as relevant today as it was then. Read more more by this poet.

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