They Always Get My Name Wrong

But usually it's my last name. The Washington Post got that right, but called me James in this piece by ombudsman Deboara Howell. Along with 1,700 other people, I wrote to protest the Post's sleazy article on Barack Obama's mortgage. Howell's article is pretty wishy-washy, but ultimately agrees, I think, that the Post's story left something to be desired.

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.

1 thought on “They Always Get My Name Wrong”

  1. funny, that. when the master address the driver, one hears: “home, James.” an intentional error? something to ponder for truly confused, possibly even ironically intentionally paranoid crazies in a nation that hates its people/attempts to push (some of them)over the edge. a grand oil party: it has its ways. hear the chortles of (fill in the blank here) glowering & softly sobbing in laughter being driven off to its bat castle! what unknown power sees over it? what bold death company holds ballot box keys? a planned ‘wrong’? do the math?. edward mycue

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