DeKalb

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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.

5 thoughts on “DeKalb”

  1. It is so damned heartbreaking. Not to turn attention away from the victims and toward an abstraction, but at these moments I can sound the depth of my affection for the openness of the university and despair for its future.

  2. Chris, I often feel as if I am living in a little bubble of freedom, effervescent both geographically & temporally. Good luck, I guess. I’m likely to be dead by the time everything burns down.

  3. Isn’t it because people see themselves living in little bubbles that these acts are happening? Barely the only things that are connecting everyone physically anymore are these violent events and fanaticism over political personalities. This is an extremely unhealthy cultural development.

  4. This country needs a hippy movement again… Which I’m too old to adjust to, since that stuff happened long before I was grown. I played earth ball once, in 1979, at a demonstration over Three Mile Island at the Capitol, with a bunch of old hippies. Somebody make earth ball a yuppie trend… I mean, flowers in gunbarrels would be a good idea just now.

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