My Response to Poets Against the War
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Letters to the Editor / PRESS RELEASE
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"Poets Pit Pens Against Swords" by Martin Arnold.
February 6, 2003
PRESS RELEASE - Feb. 6, 2003
My Response to Poets Against the War:
In predictable fashion The New York Times Book Review and much
of the media have chosen to support the more radical and supposedly
"enlightened" viewpoint on the tiff with The White House and Laura Bush.
A more misguided and wrong-headed response could not exist. It’s
so fraught with cliches I hardly know where to start. In general, it’s
a pity that Sam Hamill, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and others who think
like them, demonstrate once again that poetry, as defined by them
at least, indeed doesn’t matter, so complete is their inability
to think seriously about the threat represented by Saddam Hussein
and his weapons of mass destruction. Their ridiculous pose of mounting
the barricades is really quite contemptible. It is clear that the crowd
alluded to by Mr. Hamill summons poetry to their own radical
distortions and agendas, achieving only a further marginalization
of an art that has all too often, among some, lost allegiance to
the civilizing values of peace, which require defense never more so
Far from "the conscience of our culture," such poets have
no sense of history and the deep obligations of our country, to
ourselves and to the world, which the burden of power lays
upon us at this juncture. President Bush is right to call the United
Nations to live up to its founding Charter, to be a common refuge
of defense, "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,"
not merely consultation, reduced to a crumbling Tower of Babel. At
this time of national and international crisis, poets who betray their
nation, art, and humanity merit no audience at The White House.
For a different view of the issues involved, I invite your readers
to consider my essay "The Victory of World Governance":
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My comments or postings of my Press Release
The Penny Post by Andrei Codrescu
New York Downtown Express, NY - Apr 15, 2003 (response)
https://misnomer.dru.ca/activism/ (posted twice, twice deleted)
The Victory of World Governance
ARTICLES and LETTERS of INTEREST / RESPONSE
Poets Against the War (Sam Hamill)
("12,000 poets and counting - Click here to submit a poem")
My Response / Press Release emailed to over 1,500
literary magazines, editors, & bookstores, including:
Student Strike for Books Not Bombs! LIST OF PARTICIPATING CAMPUSES
Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s SPEAK OUT!
"Anti-war Poetry Readings Everywhere on March 5!" firstname.lastname@example.org on 2-22-03
Submitted to Sam Hamill’s website on 2-17-03
Emailed to email@example.com on 2-13-03
***** March 7, 2003, 11:20 a.m. Nonfighting Words
Poets against the war. By Mark Goldblatt
***** War of Words By Edward J. Renehan Jr.
TechCentralStation.com | March 5, 2003
***** POETS AGAINST THE WAR Great for Sam Hamill’s Career, but Good for Poetry?
***** JUST SHUT UP by Neal Pollack
***** The Poets vs. The First Lady: The appalling manners and adolescent partisanship of our antiwar poets.
J. Bottum 02/17/2003, Volume 008, Issue 22
***** The Paranoid-Poet Planet: Rhetorical overkill and collateral damage to the language of political debate.
***** The night of the armies of the poets
Google’s News Server: Poets Against the War
Europe/The Americas Friday - 07 March 2003
US Students, Poets Join Anti-war Cry
Poets Present Anti-War Poems to Congress
By ELIZABETH WOLFE
Laura Bush Weak in American Poetry 2003-02-24
Echoes of past from web poets
By Jack Malvern
Poetic License Rejected by First Lady, Poets Spread Anti-War Message Across Country
By Dean Schabner
Ambiguity Is a Guest at a Readers’ Evening
By KELEFA SANNEH
Zen poet’s voice of dissent heard by anti-war literati
By CHRIS McGANN SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
Bards Not Bombs in NYC by Joy Press February 19 - 25, 2003
Port Townsend poet taking dispute with White House to CNN
2003-02-16 by KEVEN DREWS
Poets Admonish White House for ’Disinvitation’
Fox News Monday, February 17, 2003
Poets Against the War
By Joe Knowles 2.14.03
SUBJECT TO DEBATE by Katha Pollitt Posted February 6, 2003
Poetry Makes Nothing Happen? Ask Laura Bush
Mobilizing a Theater of Protest. Again. By JULIE SALAMON
A Song of Themselves By LEONARD GARMENT
U.S. Poet Laureate Opposes War with Iraq
Poets for Peace
100 Poets Against The War
United Kingdom - Poets Against the War
Story in Chicago Poetry
Seattle Times - January 30
NY Times - January 31
Toronto Globe and Mail - February 1
BBC News - February 1
The Guardian - February 1
USA Today - February 1
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - February 1
Minnesota Star Tribune - February 1
Sydney Morning Herald - February 1
Yahoo-Associated Press - February 1
Press Release - Readings in Washington DC, 2/12 (pdf) - February 9
David Horowitz: "...All dissent is legitimate and should be protected speech. No dissent is treason as defined by the laws of the land. However, dissent that refuses to make a distinction between Iraq and America, dissent that compares our leaders to Nazis, dissent at this point in time that incites organized opposition to our nation’s efforts to defend itself is betrayal. Two presidents have asked for authorization to use force against Iraq, and both parties have voted to give that authorization to Bush. In war, some sort of basic unity against the enemy is necessary. To seek to disrupt that unity is to aid the enemy."
Voice of Iraqis - Why don’t antiwar types want to hear them?
By Amir Taheri February 26, 2003, 10:00 a.m.
"These people are mad," said Awad Nasser, one of Iraq’s most famous modernist poets. "They are actually signing up to sacrifice their lives to protect a tyrant’s death machine."
On the U.N. and war.
By NR Editors , from the March 10, 2003, issue of National Review
"...the U.S. should explore creating an alternative U.N. consisting only of liberal democratic states that would be a better diplomatic forum than the collection of tyrannies, basketcases, and enemies of the U.S. that currently occupies One U.N. Plaza."