Sarah Palin & Censorship

Perhaps the list I posted below is a hoax, but as I said in my correction, Palin's ideology is just fine with banning books. I grew up among Palin's people, I know them. They are intolerant, aggrived, and deeply anti-intellectual. And homophobic. Now it appers that, while the particular list may have been made up, Palin did attempt to get books taken off the Wasilla Public Library's selves because she found them personally offensive.

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.

6 thoughts on “Sarah Palin & Censorship”

  1. “Anti-intellectual”: well said.
    I got the same impression although I live in a different continent. And, mind, I do not mean to associate this trait with the number of years spent in school.

  2. May, there is, historically, a strong current of anti-intellectualism in American history. It is connected with religious fundamentalism & contains a deep sense of resentment against perceived “elites.”

  3. It’s howlingly ironic that by attempting to censor things like books, the right is actually creating the “nanny state” they always bemoan the left is attempting to create.

  4. here’s a poem of mine–old theme, new occasion.


    We are the early grape
    flat, dry, and cloudy.
    The time is short,
    but some days never end.
    There is no joyous lake.
    There is no incantation
    that can bend the moment back
    into the patterns we may see too late.

    Wait for tomorrow?
    Tomorrow never comes.
    Wait for tomorrow?
    Tomorrow never comes.

    Three’s a crowd.
    The spunky one’s the cream in your coffee.
    I know I know we said.
    That’s the thing!
    Do it. Do it now.

    Early wine is flat, dry, and cloudy
    and some days never end.
    There is no joyous lake.
    There is no incantation
    that will bend the moment back
    into patterns we have seen too late.


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