New Poem

I have a recent poem in the online journal Babel. Anger & despair about the Iraq War in response to a call for poems about Owen's "Anthem for Doomed Youth." Babel is sponsored by ICORN, an organization that provides refuge for writers whose work puts them in political danger of their lives. Ironically, I am deeply fortunate to be a poet in a country that deems poets not merely beneath contempt, but beneath interest.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “New Poem”

  1. Was going to respond to your sap sucker/wild turkey post and regale you with the story of my very close encounter with a low flying 30 lb. tom last week. Well, I was due for new windshield anyway…but that’s not why I write. This poem really hit me. Do I remember a political post of yours some months back referencing the article about the use of drills as weapons? That image must have stuck with you. So this is how the mind of a poet works. An honor to read you sir.

  2. Randi, thanks. Yes. I read an article somewhere that still makes me shiver about the use of power drills as weapons. You know, I own a power drill & it never would have occurred to me to shove its rotating bit into another human being. The poem was an attempt to understand that.


    And on a much more human & humane note, let me commiserate you on the collision with a wild turkey. I have twice had one of them just clear the top of my car as they exploded from the roadside underbrush.

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