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Tuesday
Apr232019

Jerry Brown and the pendulum of words

1. Another way of saying what I tried to say yesterday--

when I read The New York Times I'm seeing the taxes I am paying to the federal government, the dollars I've earned spinning away from my personal possession and into the arms of the state, a state from which I'm extracting smaller and smaller value and about which I'm dismayed daily--

and yet I continue to read The New York Times, for what else is there?

2. I'll read old poetry instead, poets I read in the 70s and 80s, the minimalist compressors like Robert Lax:

 

prais

ing

 

this 

mo-

ment

 

with

all

of 

his

heart

 

Jerry Brown, ex-Minimalist Governor of California, said of this particular political time that the pendulum swings. That it's swung one way and will swing another. 

The way we use our words is this pendulum.

Lake in Oregon at dawn, photo by author, 2018. Lines quoted above are from the Robert Lax poem "Sea and Sky," from Robert Lax Poems, (1962-1997) Wave Books, 2013.

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