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Elegy for the 21st Century PDF, ePub eBook Catherine McGuire’s poetical portrait of our time, written with love and critical insight, reveals our flaws, heroics, quirks and challenges. From internet follies to “The Love Song of G. Dubya Bushwack,” she shines a piercing spotlight on a country challenged by resource depletion, climate disaster and societal numbness. In formal and free verse, she depicts ordinary peop Catherine McGuire’s poetical portrait of our time, written with love and critical insight, reveals our flaws, heroics, quirks and challenges. From internet follies to “The Love Song of G. Dubya Bushwack,” she shines a piercing spotlight on a country challenged by resource depletion, climate disaster and societal numbness. In formal and free verse, she depicts ordinary people: stranded in trailer parks, living off Nielsen-rating payments, helping strangers. Humor is never far away, balancing seriousness. “Kubla Can’t,” “Non-Zen-sical,” and “Remove All Cookies” poke fun at the ways our society has evolved. McGuire’s love of the environment, featured in her chapbooks, here is mixed with awareness of the vast damage we have done to the only home we have: “...it’s been…a quickening morph / from sacred to raced / shelter to shovelful….”Altogether, this collection of poems enriches our awareness of the dangers we have created and gives voice to a hope we can turn aside from disaster.

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    We are the publisher, so all of our authors get five stars from us. Excerpts: JAPAN WASHES ASHORE IN OREGON I. Two years later, debris scuttles onto the shingle: fishing boats, brass bowl, a temple gate, scrap wood, a window frame, shop sign— there’s no closure to some wounds. Buried in black and beige sand drifts: someone’s smashed mirror, holding fractured clouds, broken sky. II. Unseen, uninvited, radiation floats then burrows. The vast currents that trawl the sea leave long, invisible streamers. The truth We are the publisher, so all of our authors get five stars from us. Excerpts: JAPAN WASHES ASHORE IN OREGON I. Two years later, debris scuttles onto the shingle: fishing boats, brass bowl, a temple gate, scrap wood, a window frame, shop sign— there’s no closure to some wounds. Buried in black and beige sand drifts: someone’s smashed mirror, holding fractured clouds, broken sky. II. Unseen, uninvited, radiation floats then burrows. The vast currents that trawl the sea leave long, invisible streamers. The truth leaks more slowly than cesium, plutonium, tritium. Data, well buried. Don’t connect neighbor’s cancer, the slowly dying trees, those shriveled, Cerberus-headed sunflowers. Don’t think about hungry ghosts devouring flesh and leaf in the night. ESCAPE Slowly, like a princess enmeshed in thorns, she recognized peril and withdrew. She loosed her fingers from networked keystrokes, wandered away from news that watched her too, saved her opinions for voice and paper. The clever jangle of ringtones ceased; four-color tsunamis receded; the world stopped telling her she was important and a valued customer. She stopped carrying plastic numbers that revealed her position on everything. Eventually, the world grew smaller, slowed, and leafed out before her cleared gaze. She was only where she was; she had what she could see and touch and what was shimmering inside. And, once again, the arc of the sun was an uninterrupted miracle.

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