Monday, September 18, 2006

One of the things I love about poetry is that if I see something I think is amiss, I can go about and work towards improving it, if not directly, in a new way, my way. I'm quite enamored with my way. If I don't see poems written like or about _________, I can write them. If I don't see certain poets' work getting attention, I can bring attention to them. If I don't see certain poets' work getting published, I can publish said deserving work. If I don't see books getting published that I'd like to see published, I can publish them. If I can't find anyone to publish my work, I can publish it myself.

But what am I supposed to do in an election a month and a half from now where my choices are between a candidate who makes ignorant racial remarks or a candidate that makes ignorant sexist remarks?

A guy from one of the campaign's knocked on my door yesterday and asked how I'd be voting.

I think I'm leaning towards the sexist, I agree with him on more issues, I think. Or maybe I'll vote for a socialist or libertarian if they're on the ballot, but no, I probably wouldn't agree with them on many issues either. Or maybe not vote at all, but I almost always vote, so yeah, I guess it's likely I'll be voting for the repugnant sexist.

What to do, what to do -- I guess I could run. I'm old enough. Hmm, that'll take a lot more money than publishing a book on POD. I could start a new government. I did one time when I was a kid and made myself ruler and it was pretty awesome until TB turned half the neighborhood against me in the St. Agnes Lane Revolution of 1983. On second thought, that wasn't much fun and I have little reason to believe she wouldn't stage a coup again.

Maybe I should go write a poem instead.

Or proof the print galley that arrived at my door while I was typing this post. The Attention Lesson by PF Potvin -- fuck yeah!


At 7:57 PM, Blogger JWG said...

I send poems all around. Magazine editors are jerks. How many times have you sent in poems and known that they picked the lesser? Happens in online and in big name journals. Cant ever know how a poem will be read. Everyone deserves a chance at publishing me.

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Laurel said...

I'm ashamed at you, Reb... for not knowing what to do.

Clearly you vote for whoever is hotter!



At 12:27 AM, Blogger Robert said...

“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

So much for being an unacknowledged legislator.

At 9:34 AM, Blogger JWG said...

I am an idiot. this post should have been in the note about the poet at the party with big names. Probably should have been not at all. bla

At 5:56 PM, Blogger Robert said...

Write Jim Goar in on the ballot. Everyone deserves a chance to elect him.

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Reb said...

That's true -- and he would be the hottest.

Glad I found a solution for that dilemma.


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