Posts Tagged ‘Tanka’

“The Thin Veil of Racism: The Burden of the Obama Presidency” (Dick Whyte)

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

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………………..outbursts
………………..of racism toward
………………..Obama
………………..the coming of summer
………………..leaves me cold

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Headlines:

“The Thin Vein of Racism: The Burden of the Obama Presidency” (Non-Profit Quarterly)

“Racism is Certainly One Component of Disrespect Toward Obama” (The American Muslim)

“Obama Says Race Is’ Not The Overriding Issue Here’” (New York Times)

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

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“Demonstrators Attack Obama’s ‘Socialist’ Reforms” (Dick Whyte)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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………………..ask the wind
………………..and the moon
………………..when did
………………..caring for others
………………..become socialism?

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Headlines:

“Demonstrators Attack Obama’s ‘Socialist’ Reforms” (The Age)

“Healthcare Reform Promotes a Better America, Not Socialism” (Tennessee Journalist)

“Universal Health Care is a Moral Choice” (Newsweek)

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

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“Philippines Battles Flood Chaos” (Liam Wilkinson)

Monday, October 5th, 2009

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………………..chaotic waters—
………………..while the Philippines flood
………………..we inspect
………………..a dead shark
………………..on our English shore

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Headlines:

“Philippines Battles Flood Chaos” (BBC News)

“Thresher Shark Found On Beach” (BBC News)

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This poem was submitted by Liam Wilkinson (see poet biographies).

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“As Galveston Recovers From Hurricane Ike, Some Residents Feel Left Behind” (Janet Lynn Davis)

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

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nonstop footage
of surge-battered homes
near our back door
a small displaced turtle
retreats into its shell

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Headlines Then (September, 2008):

“Homeless in a Flash: Hundreds in Texas Now Wait for Relief” (New York Times)

“Hurricane Ike: Houstin Residents Ordered Not to Evacuate…” (The Telegraph)

“After Ike: Photos” (DenverPost)

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Headlines Now (One Year Later):

“As Galveston Recovers From Hurricane Ike…” (New York Times)

“Peninsula Home Delivery to Resume” (Galveston Daily News)

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Poem by Janet Lynn Davis (see poet biographies). First published in Moonset (Spring-Summer, 2009). Read more by this poet.

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“Military Says Mental Wounds of the War Run Deep” (Dick Whyte)

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

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………………..camellias
………………..turning brown
………………..still
………………..he has nightmares
………………..of the war

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Headlines:

“Sedatives May Slow Recovery From Trauma” (New Scientist)

“Military Says Mental Wounds of War Run Deep” (Associated Press)

“Iraq Troops PTSD Rate as High as 35%” (Science Daily)

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

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“Security Council Adopts Nuclear Arms Measure” (Paul Smith)

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

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………………..New York fall
………………..covering a multitude
………………..of sins
………………..up on stage
………………..handshakes & smiles

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Headlines:

“Security Council Adopts Nuclear Arms Measure”  (New York Times)

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This poem was submitted by Paul Smith (see poet biographies). Read more Paul Smith on Haiku News.

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“Ship built with steel from World Trade Center, heads to NYC” (Dick Whyte)

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

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………………..seagulls
………………..circling at dusk
………………..steel
………………..from the Twin Towers
………………..now a warship

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Headlines:

“Ship Built With Steel From World Trade Center, Heads To NYC” (Despardes)

“Warship Built  Out of Twin Towers Wreckage” (Times Online)

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

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“A Fifth State of Matter” (Dick Whyte)

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

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………………..coldest
………………..day of spring
………………..scientists
………………..discover a fifth
………………..state of matter

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Headlines:

“A Fifth State of Matter” (Bits of News)

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

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“In Castro Country, Giving a Concert for Peace” (Paul Smith)

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Castro..

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………………..blurring the boundaries
………………..between peace
………………..and provocation
………………..for just one day
………………..Havana rocks

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Headlines:

“In Castro Country, Giving a Concert For Peace” (Washington Post)

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This poem was submitted by Paul Smith (see poet biographies). Read more Paul Smith on Haiku News.

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“Disappearing Wetlands Taint New Orleans’ Rebound From Katrina” (Janet Lynn Davis)

Monday, October 26th, 2009

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months later
he still clutches
the bowling ball—
all he could salvage
after Katrina

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Headlines:

“Four Years After Hurricane Katrina” (Earth Day Network)

“Disappearing Wetlands Taint New Orleans’ Rebound From Katrina” (Bloomberg)

“Obama Says Mistakes After Katrina Won’t Be Repeated” (Bloomberg)

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Poem by Janet Lynn Davis (see poet biographies). First published in Wisteria (July 2006). Read more by this poet.

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