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Djelloul Marbrook

Djelloul (jeh-lool) Marbrook, born in Algiers to a Bedouin father and an American painter grew up New York, served in the US Navy.

His book of poems, Far From Algiers, won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize from Kent State University. His story, Artists Hill, won the Literal Latte first prize in fiction.

He worked as a reporter for The Providence Journal and as an editor for The Elmira (NY) Star-Gazette, The Baltimore Sun, The Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel and The Washington Star. Later he worked as executive editor of four small dailies in northeast Ohio and two medium-size dailies in northern New Jersey.

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How The Consolidated American Press Favors The Political Right
The American media is sick. Its invisible bacteria are infecting American politics in destructive ways, diverting attention from hometown and state corruption to Washington and instilling in the public mind the myth that Washington is the root
14:55 Jan 30, 2012 PST
Poet-Photographer Conjures a Ghostly New York Rail Line of The Past
A poet-photographer, he frames and shoots these rotting ties, trestles, and rusting bridges with the patience and love of a poet listening to his muse, capturing the haunted quality of this New York river valley.
12:50 Jan 29, 2012 PST
Insistence on Self-Righteous Ideology Creates Insiders and Outsiders
Djelloul Marbrook says the best thing we can do for yourselves and our society is to admit how much we don't know-and then proceed to explore the unknown in our personal journeys as well as our national journey.
09:12 Jan 6, 2012 PST
Shameless is The Alpha Wolf of Television Wolf Shows
The estimable 'Homeland' notwithstanding, 'Shameless' is the best show on television today. It has no stars because the pack is the star.
13:40 Dec 25, 2011 PST
Our Corporados Aren't Leaving Iraq, They're Carting Money to The Bank
These politicians sending us e-mails asking for another contribution: who do they think they're kidding? They've already been bought and paid for by money most of us can only dream about.
05:45 Dec 24, 2011 PST
Iraq War Accomplishments: A Great Heist for Corporate Bandits
As we withdraw from our Iraq misadventure after nine years, prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook, who has studied the Arab World for more than 50 years, reviews our 'accomplishments.'
14:07 Dec 20, 2011 PST
Campaigning Around The Clock Leaves Little Time for Policy Or Compromise
How can there be enough time to make policy, to govern and to negotiate the compromises needed to govern when politics 24/7 is driving America around the bend? The boom-box buzz is deafening us to ourselves. It's creating a high-stress environment.
11:27 Dec 18, 2011 PST
A Wiser, More Beautiful Death:Miklos Radnoti's Sad Farewell to a Murderous World
The Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti was murdered by Nazi collaborators. His body was later found in a mass grave with 10 final poems in his raincoat.
10:55 Dec 15, 2011 PST
NY Press Had to Be Pushed to Cover Occupy Wall Street, Now Pretends Otherwise
The New York City press and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have been treating us to an elaborate charade. It goes like this: the press complains that the cops have prevented it from covering Occupy Wall Street and the mayor claims that's not true.
06:52 Dec 13, 2011 PST
How American Society Ignores The Elephant in The Room
The politicians manage to conduct political campaigns totally devoid of the real issue-the huge and growing gap between the rich few and the impoverished many.
11:42 Dec 3, 2011 PST
This is a Good Time to Re-Examine Book Publishing Assumptions
Does the best-seller list reflect the best books? Are all the books that deserve to be published being published? Who decides what books deserve to be published? What is the role of big publishing houses in this fast-evolving technology era?
09:19 Nov 24, 2011 PST
Watch New York State to See The Outlines of a Big Republican Con Job
By blaming Washington the Republicans have diverted attention from widespread local corruption, nepotism, duplication, overlap and inefficiency that has saddled homeowners with confiscatory property taxes.
12:56 Nov 3, 2011 PST
Protests Show Just How Endangered The First Amendment Really Is
Reports about the protests are burying a story every bit as big as the protests-the plain fact is that the Internet has freed people all over the world from the fetters of a captive press that serves the interests of a corporatized world, not the in
15:33 Oct 26, 2011 PST
The Press is Changing Under Our Noses
Djelloul Marbrook, a prize-winning poet and professional newspaper editor, says the term 'mainstream media' has become tricky. He says the alternative press, thanks to the social media, is rapidly going mainstream.
16:17 Oct 21, 2011 PST
How The Press Maintains The Myth of Freedom of The Press
The New York Times diligently reported on October 13th that the publisher of the European edition of its competitor, *The Wall Street Journal,* had stepped down because the traditional barrier between newsroom and business office...
09:26 Oct 20, 2011 PST
Poet and Journalist Says The Press Fogs Up The Harm of Politics 24/7
Djelloul Marbrook says the press lays down a blanket of fog over the essential issues of high unemployment, widespread poverty and foreclosures, economic misery, foreign wars that have bankrupted us, government paralyzed by partisan bickering
13:26 Oct 15, 2011 PST
Do The Rich Owe The Have-Nots Anything?
Our current Congress, Alan Greenspan, Ron and Rand Paul and much of our right wing say the rich owe us nothing. Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand, says nobody- nobody!- gets rich entirely on his own.
06:21 Oct 11, 2011 PST
Poet Asks for Evidence That Poetry Has Small Audience
Djelloul Marbrook, while admiring David Orr's story, takes him to task for not questioning the validity of this notion. Poetry, Marbrook, says, is alive and flourishing in spite of widespread reports that it is on its death bed.
07:04 Oct 10, 2011 PST
Christianity is Risky Business: Will The Church Finally Embrace It?
Will the church move out of its brick and mortar bastions into the streets to stand four-square with the oppressed? Prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook asks these questions in a new essay.
06:48 Sep 9, 2011 PST
Our Vigor as a Country is Being Destroyed By Media and Politicians
Political opportunists who make hay out of our differences and stonewall their adversaries are spitting on the offices to which their adversaries are elected and spitting on us and the country.
12:07 Aug 30, 2011 PST
An Optimistic View of The Media Revolution
Prize-winning poet and journalist Djelloul Marbrook examines the claim that Internet news is less reliable than the newspapers it is supplanting and finds the claim bogus.
14:08 Aug 21, 2011 PST
To Make Progress We Must Think More Holistically
Our Aristotelian world view served us well for centuries, but it should no longer stand in the way of a more holistic view that would better serve us in a more connected world.
18:56 Aug 10, 2011 PST
What Happens When Nobody Coordinates a Patient's Care?
A medical horror story about a patient who is struggling to take 17 different prescriptions from five different specialists, he can't keep them down-and nobody is coordinating his health care.
15:45 Jul 31, 2011 PST
Are We Hapless Consumers Or Sovereign Citizens?
In 1932 a British writer, Aldous Huxley, published a book called 'Brave New World.' It foresaw a dysfunctional Western society that had turned its citizens into consumer bots drugged on trivia. Sound familiar?
18:28 Jul 28, 2011 PST
Six Long Poems of Grandeur and Oceanic Sweep
American poetry tends to commemorate the ordinary, striving to use plain language and to avoid references to things readers may not know. Gjertrud Schnackenberg's 'Heavenly Questions' breaks out of this mold with breathtaking grandeur and breadth
14:47 Jul 26, 2011 PST
The Pilgrim Fathers Had a Message of Charity for Today's Congress
Follow the Sermon on the Mount, feed the poor, he implored his Pilgrims, but today in Congress our leaders are busy whittling away at the meager gains the needy have made in America instead of attacking the real causes
05:44 Jul 23, 2011 PST
How The Arrogance of Ideologues is Destroying The U.S.
A new form of wage slavery is clamping down on America, while the political stooges of global corporations try to scare us with terrorist threats and lies about the nature of the federal debt and how much taxes we pay compared to other developed nat
13:27 Jul 18, 2011 PST
Empire of Sleaze Points to The Failures of American Journalism
Here prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook, who spent a lifetime as a working newspaperman, suggests the relevant failures in the light of the Murdoch kerfuffle.
11:40 Jul 16, 2011 PST
Algerians Clamor for The Paintings a Young American Made There in The 30s
The paintings arrived in Algeria in 2004 and seemingly vanished in the bowels of the country's energy company, which acquired them. But now the Algerian press has clamored for an accounting and a petition is circulating in Bou Saada, 'City of Happ
15:14 Jul 4, 2011 PST
New Social Websites Function as Virtual Newspapers
Millions of Americans, and people all over the world, own a newspaper. They just don't realize it. Operating Facebook pages is very much like operating a newspaper. The Facebook template is essentially a newspaper template.
07:16 Jun 29, 2011 PST
Are We Applying Outworn Ideas to Literary Criticism?
Is the Internet changing the way we think about literature? Can it help separate money from merit and create a more egalitarian environment for literature? Is the Internet calling into question our taste-making establishment for better or worse?
12:57 Jun 28, 2011 PST
Corporate Stooges in Congress Undermine and Defeat Democracy
The spectacle of the opposition party's refusal to approve the President's nominations is all the proof we need. Instead of a government that works we have 24/7 politics, like cable news, with around-the-clock trivia, lunacy and fear-mongering.
17:24 Jun 26, 2011 PST
George The Incurious as Hero of An Intellectually Arthritic Nation
In some ways George W. Bush as president was emblematic of an incurious nation that gathers around a bunch of received ideas and clings to them instead of challenging them
12:34 Jun 21, 2011 PST
Do Poets Write for Fame, Recognition Or Something More Elusive?
Why does a poet write poetry? For recognition, the praise of contemporaries, the money [just kidding here], or something else? Djelloul Marbrook, a prize-winning poet, says it's for something else as far as he's concerned.
13:45 Jun 18, 2011 PST
Facebook Groups Provide a Kind of Cliffsnotes on How Society Operates
Facebook groups provide young people with a good luck of what they will contend with in the world-groups that are snarky and inhospitable to newcomers and groups that are inclusive and welcoming.
17:37 Jun 12, 2011 PST
When Patriotism is Used to Bully Fellow Americans and Silence Dissent
Prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook says that in the midst of all the patriotism after the 9/11 terrorist attacks something ugly happened in American culture-the flag and yellow ribbons to support the troops
15:27 Jun 5, 2011 PST
Books Cost Too Much to Ship: It Impedes Global Cultural Exchange
India publishes more books in English than the rest of the Anglophone world together, but shipping costs are high. Such costs fragment communications between large language groups speaking not only English but also French, Spanish, and Arabic.
06:38 May 31, 2011 PST
Nothing New About Terrorism Except Names, Places and Attackers
Now that Osama bin Laden has been killed it might be a good time to recall the Baltimore incident, a 9/11 in 1631 Ireland. There is nothing new about terrorist attacks. Irish web sites and literature are full of accounts of an infamous 1631 pirate r
17:23 May 29, 2011 PST
How The Media Polarize Society to Boost Sales and Ratings
Too many people insisting on being right is a formula for disaster in a republic, and American media with their jousting pundits have played a shameful role in polarizing our society. Requiring teachers to teach to the test raises the question: what
16:31 May 27, 2011 PST
A Modest Book Fair Reveals America's Half-Seen Literary Renaissance
A stroll down the main street of Hudson, New York, prompts prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook to meditate on our culture's values. Here in the midst of this famous antique venue a book fair was also underway.
17:38 May 23, 2011 PST
A Long-Dead Laborer-Poet Speaks Truth to Power in Our Own Time
Today we witness a similar situation. Greed is good, society says. This is a madhouse, our poets respond. Greed is Christian, our society says. Didn't you hear what the man said? our poets ask.
06:29 May 22, 2011 PST
Prize-Winning Writer Says Writing for Money Gives Him The Willies
Call me crazy, but writing for money has never sat well with me. I joined the American Newspaper Guild to fight for better wages and conditions, and I worked most of my adult life as a newspaper reporter and editor, but in my old age my native crazi
18:49 May 20, 2011 PST
Film Industry, Like Terrorists, Fears Women, Prize-Winning Poet Says
The film industry is like the church in its devotion to making women second class. Djelloul Marbrook, a prize-winning poet, deplores new television series that he says depict women unfavorably
15:29 May 13, 2011 PST
Travolta's Famous Walk Reflects a Lost Society of Optimism and Exuberance
Fewer opportunities, war, unemployment, unobtainable higher education. Those were the days when we had a growing middle class. Now we have a growing gap between rich and poor.
16:47 May 9, 2011 PST
German POWs Made This Prize-Winning Poet a Model Messerschmitt 109
At boarding school every Sunday he encountered a banner saying, 'Suffer the little children to come unto me,' but he never thought that meant him, and here he tells why.
18:47 May 7, 2011 PST
Sometimes The Most Restrained Poetry is Also The Most Telling
One of the beauties of the Internet is that it encourages writers to retrieve works of literature that have blossomed for a season and then fallen into neglect. Here poet Djelloul Marbrook revisits an exquisite chapbook of poems by Gretchen Primack
12:34 May 5, 2011 PST
While Yakking About The Debt, The Politicians Move on The Internet
We're just where our corporate elite want us, in love with our abusers. And while we pay attention to the birth certificate red herring and Donald Trump's hair and the royal wedding, the House of Representatives tries to hand the internet over to
14:39 May 2, 2011 PST
Is Hemingway's 'The Killers' Prose Poetry? Or 'The Red Badge of Courage'?
When another author, Dan Baum, called Djelloul Marbrook's novel, 'Saraceno,' a prose poem, Marbrook began meditating on the nature of prose and poetry and arrived at some provocative conclusions, expressed here.
12:01 Apr 30, 2011 PST
The Corporados Haul The American Dream of Decent Wages to The Dump
First it was disposable products, now it's the Disposable American. Slashing Medicare and Social Security, as Tea Party Republicans are fixing to do, will complete the destruction of the middle class, multiply the numbers of poor Americans
20:21 Apr 27, 2011 PST
Artemisia, a Young Artist Betrayed By a Friend
Good fiction, says prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook, is about creating that one character without whom your world mcan no longer exist, a person indispensable to your imagination. That's what he tried to do in 'Artemisia's Wolf,'
06:05 Apr 26, 2011 PST
Social Networks Threaten Media Corpocracy
We are seeing each other across the globe, not as the press portrays us but as we portray ourselves, and the political and cultural consequences are greater than those brought about by the Gutenberg press.
10:54 Apr 21, 2011 PST
National Poetry Month is a Good Time to Ask Questions
National Poetry Month offers a moment to ask ourselves whether we're also celebrating dangerous, subversive, ball-breaking poetry. Or are we just celebrating safe, anecdotal, 'accessible' poetry?
08:20 Apr 17, 2011 PST
'Artemisia's Wolf': Novel About a Young Woman Who Rocks Her World
When lightning strikes Artemisia Cavelli it illuminates her world and its inhabitants in strange new ways. Prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook has written a novel in honor of some of the world's most memorable women-Artemisia Gentileschi
06:49 Apr 16, 2011 PST
Pascale Petit Channels Frida Kahlo in Poems
Frida Kahlo painted with a unique brush. Now British poet Pascale Petit gives the great Mexican painter a unique voice in 52 poems that eerily resonate with Kahlo's vivid way of painting.
13:52 Apr 15, 2011 PST
Sometimes Facebook is Like a Party: Too Loud, Too Big, Too Bright, Too Close
(07, April is the birthday of the Internet. On this day in 1969, a Defense Department agency sent out a Request for Comments to scientists -RFCs as they are known-asking for ideas and methods that would eventually lead to the Internet.)
05:51 Apr 11, 2011 PST
Violent TV Images Won't Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Films and particularly the 8-11 prime-time television shows batter us with violent images that rile us up, trading on a horrid fascination with violence that for some of us is like the Stockholm Syndrome...
08:31 Apr 10, 2011 PST
Ever Wonder Why The Jesse James Story is Always Modern?
Why is the Jesse James legend so enduring? Could it be because it speaks indelibly to our sense of being swindled? The press is part of this sense of being swindled because it hides the most important stories in plain sight.
16:34 Apr 9, 2011 PST
New York Politicians Join The National Scam, Scapegoating Washington
It could have passed a sales tax on Wall Street transactions and the speculators who screwed the nation, but instead it set the stage for even higher property taxes and cut schools and Medicaid, stabbing already stressed homeowners in the back and p
15:46 Apr 8, 2011 PST
An Abandoned Luncheonette Inspires a Sequence of Sonnets
Poetry isn't about recognition and the praise of readers, it's about saying one thing so essential that the world can no longer be imagined in its absence.Here are two poets whose work illustrates the point: Environmental scientist Paul Clemente a
16:12 Apr 4, 2011 PST
You Won't Forget 'Nazareth, North Dakota,' Any Time Soon
'Nazareth, North Dakota,' is a memorable story about unforgettable characters, from Roxy in a hopeless marriage to Dill, just out of prison and about to go in again, to the baby boy Sam a teenage beauty pageant winner leaves at Roxy's motel door.
05:11 Apr 1, 2011 PST
What We Don't Know About The Arabs is Killing Us
Here's another instance of what our fabulously expensive intelligence community doesn't know and can't illuminate. And the press seems just as clueless, giving us events without context and background...
12:56 Mar 28, 2011 PST
Some Bright Exceptions to The Dreary Run of Local American Media
Most local American newspapers are shams. In their obsession with politics they fail to reflect our culture. To them the arts, humanities and sciences are feature stories, slight respites from the political torrent.
14:19 Mar 27, 2011 PST
A New Wave of Juvenile Delinquency is Sweeping Across The Country
Peter T. King, the New York congressman conducting a hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims, is a radicalized Irishman, but he thinks he's a real American and he's not sure about 'them.'
16:21 Mar 21, 2011 PST
Prices At The Pump are Nothing Compared to Our Education Crisis
To spend only 5.7 percent of our gross domestic product on education is just about as criminal as rape. With test scores plummeting all over America, how do we expect to compete in the world if we do not produce the graduates...
14:24 Mar 12, 2011 PST
Here Comes Rep. Peter King: Another Budget-Busting Witch Hunt
Rep. Peter King of New York, a deficit hawk, plans to spend a boodle of taxpayer money on a bogus inquiry into the radicalization of American Muslims.
10:23 Mar 10, 2011 PST
Why Does Having to Think About Foreigners Annoy Americans?
The American press has reduced its foreign coverage and uses more and more second-hand reports. The American publishing industry publishes fewer translations than any developed country.
06:31 Mar 7, 2011 PST
Bookstores Seem to Be Saying That Capitalism is Essentially Anti-Cultural
Most of the big chain booksellers are kitsch barns decorated with books. If they ever had any sense of responsibility to empower the country's many small poetry presses they're not showing it now.
06:06 Mar 6, 2011 PST
Arab Revolts Show Bedouin Distrust of Government
The revolts sweeping North Africa and the Middle East are imbued with a kind of Bedouin spirit, an irreverence toward central authority and invisible government. Arab culture has always had two faces, urban and Bedouin.
06:51 Mar 4, 2011 PST
Bees are Dying, Famine is Looming, But The Press is Obsessed With Oil
The worldwide collapse of honey bee colonies threatens famine and yet the press pays it scant attention, treating it as an exotic feature story.
12:17 Mar 1, 2011 PST
The Right-Wing Race Card is Destroying Our Domestic Tranquillity
The problem Hispanic immigrants pose to these Republicans is not that some of them are here illegally, it's that they're here at all.
06:29 Feb 27, 2011 PST
I Read Back to Front and Bottom Up, Says Prize-Winning Poet Djelloul Marbrook
'I just don't trust the authorized version of anything,' he says, and reading the wrong way strips out whatever sanctimony there is in a piece of writing.
12:32 Feb 24, 2011 PST
The Gun Control Debate is a Sham on Both Sides
Filmmakers, including the pornographers, bathe us in violence and yet we persist in debating gun control as if violent imagery had nothing to do with it. Has filmed violence made us peace-proof? What's up with this?
14:46 Feb 20, 2011 PST
The Press Slept as Speculators Went Wild
The Associated Press offers its members an index of stressed counties-counties where over-building, job losses and foreclosures have devastated the economy.
08:13 Feb 18, 2011 PST
The Literary Tastemakers are Being Challenged By The Power of The Web
The debate has been framed by people with a vested interest in gatekeeping, people who don't want to lose their power to say which books deserve attention. The worldwide web is challenging all this, and we should welcome the challenge.
07:43 Feb 16, 2011 PST
Here is a Book About Making Poems That Every Library Should Have
Why does a poet do what he does, and how does he do it? These questions are explored. No self-respecting library should be without 'Poetry In Person,' edited by Alexander Neubauer.
08:20 Feb 12, 2011 PST
Our Way of Looking At The Arabs is Skewed and Dangerously Prejudiced
Our view of the Arabs is historically skewed. While we see Israel as admirably like us, we see the Arabs as deplorably unlike us. And yet the truth is we have inherited a civilization that is deeply indebted to them.
05:01 Feb 11, 2011 PST
Our Obsession With Winning and Losing Obscures Any Measure of Excellence
Must our culture be rooted in adversarialism? Isn't our booming contest industry a primitive measure of merit, more a celebration of our obsession with winning and losing than of excellence?
17:42 Feb 6, 2011 PST
Local Government Isn't Getting The Scrutiny It Needs-Here's a Start
With the collapse of a vigilant local American press it's essential for citizens to exercise their right to know-and this handbook tells us exactly what we need to know and the questions we need to ask.
07:43 Feb 5, 2011 PST
Nietzsche and Michael Jackson Have a Connection, as These Acute Essays Show
The essays characteristically say exactly what the media fail to say. They explore where the media leave off. And they show us why we can't depend on the mainstream media for our understanding of our own collective life.
11:36 Feb 1, 2011 PST
Television News is as Phony as The Politicians It Nurtures
All good reporters know or learn sooner or later learn that their ignorance, far from being a shameful handicap, is in fact a great strength.
05:32 Jan 29, 2011 PST
Why Have We Consented to Such a Limited Gun Rights Debate?
Why is the gun rights debate limited like a redacted intelligence document? Why is our discourse limited to the right to bear arms and under what circumstances? Why isn't it about the broad causes of violence?
12:22 Jan 27, 2011 PST
What World is Hollywood Living In? It Sure Ain't The America That's Got Us Down
In this America newscasters tell us the stock market is doing well and everything would be great if we'd just start building houses again. They know perfectly well we can't afford to buy them.
05:22 Jan 24, 2011 PST
Poet Baudelaire and General Sherman: Their Faces Shared a Bond of Grief
I was still in high school when I noticed, or thought I noticed, a similarity between photographs of the Parisian poet and the Ohio soldier.
13:14 Jan 19, 2011 PST
Publishers Pursue Celebrities in Their Quest for Quick Profit
Publishers may like us to think they are publishing the best writing they can find, but the truth is that they increasingly publish the work of already famous people to capitalize on their fame.
11:27 Jan 18, 2011 PST
Unfair Property Taxes Cannot Be Lowered in Washington
Politicians who, with the complicity of the media, blame the federal government for high taxes take attention away from local corruption that drives up the cost of government and imposes unfair property taxes.
10:17 Jan 17, 2011 PST
Our Obsession With Being Right Leads Us Nowhere Except to War
Schools must teach us how much we don't now, not to revel in what we do know. They must teach us how to learn, not to beat each other over the head with what little we have learned.
06:47 Jan 11, 2011 PST
Filmmakers and Advertisers Persist in Cultivating Nativism
The persistent image in our filmmaking and advertising is of Americans of white Anglo-Saxon origin, and it encourages an increasingly unjust society emerging since the Korean War.
06:31 Jan 10, 2011 PST
This American Novel Takes on The Big Issues
'Daring to Eat a Peach' is a novel about moving on, glancing off each other-and finally in the process becoming magi bearing gifts. It is published by Atticus Books of Maryland, a maverick and ambitious small press with a big agenda.
07:38 Jan 6, 2011 PST
Bad Government Begins At Home-And New York State is About to Show Us Why
They have gotten away with scape-goating Washington for a long time, as the last elections showed, but New York State, which has the highest property taxes in the country.
05:10 Jan 4, 2011 PST
A Good Long War Distracts Us From Misrule and Injustice
Osama bin Laden, far from being a war lord and religious reformer, is a creepy suck-up to the ruling elite, a slave of War Inc. He is the best thing that ever happened to the free-market freebooters who have swallowed our middle class whole.
08:58 Jan 2, 2011 PST
Poet Asks, Why Does Christmas Belong to The Moneylenders?
Prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook here offers a prayer for invisibility on the eve of an approaching East Coast blizzard. In his prayer the poet asks if invisibility would help us pay more attention to others and less to ourselves.
05:09 Dec 28, 2010 PST
Can a Relentlessly Commercial Society Uphold Literary Values?
The Internet and print-on-demand have enabled small presses to rattle the contention that merit and sales go hand in glove. It's a radical idea-not a new one but one that has been given new life by the Internet.
08:20 Dec 27, 2010 PST
'Brushstrokes and Glances,' Poems About Art, Win High Praise
'My work is my prayer,' the poet says, 'and that is as true of the cabinetmaker as it is of me.' Tom Holmes, writing in 'The Line Break,' says Marbrook's poems in 'Brushstrokes and Glances' ought to be hung in museums next to the paintings
08:17 Dec 21, 2010 PST
Banks Screw Taxpayers Coming and Going
There has always been a consensus that Madison's and Jefferson's fears that Madison's and Jefferson's fears that to make bankers rich at the expense of an agricultural and tradesman majority were tinged with paranoia.
12:34 Dec 17, 2010 PST
Poems That Have a Viking Energy Combined With Great Emotional Intelligence
Poetry often tells us more about ourselves and the world we live in than the news, and it is a failing of our educational system that we are not aware of this.
05:28 Dec 15, 2010 PST
Can Assange Be a Bigger Threat Than Bin Laden?
The real issue isn't WikiLeaks or its founder, Julian P. Assange-it's how governments use national security as an excuse for limiting the freedoms of their people and lining the pockets of their oligarchs.
06:15 Dec 14, 2010 PST
Why We Prefer Herbicides and Lies: The Testimony of The Lowly Dandelion
The dandelion is lovely, cheerful and good for us and for nature, but we prefer the lie that it is a nasty weed to be killed at all cost. That is how we view the truth, too. It's hard to find and harder to swallow.
07:58 Dec 11, 2010 PST
What would Jesus say to war profiteers?
Would that humble Jewish carpenter not look at our Native Americans, our Hispanics, our African-Americans, each of our diverse and creative minorities, and say, 'Why are you pretending you are Anglo-Saxon?
06:57 Dec 9, 2010 PST
Is News An Orchestrated Scare Tactic Or a Sincere Effort to Educate Us?
An exhibition of screenprints by the late Robert Rauschenberg at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City raises more questions about the news industry and the nature of news than the media think tanks do.
11:28 Dec 7, 2010 PST
New Abu Dhabi Museum Should Write The Arabs Back Into Seafaring History
Prize-winning poet Djelloul Marbrook tells the tale of how his years of research into Arab seafaring prowess became an obsession, almost derailing the novel he was working on.
08:55 Dec 5, 2010 PST
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