Thursday, December 01, 2011


I'm currently racing through a real page-turner, THE GREAT DEPRESSION: A DIARY by Benjamin Roth, edited by James Ledbetter and Daniel B. Roth. It's a rare first-hand account of experiencing the Great Depression, rare for it being the experience of a middle-class person just trying to understand his times. It's fascinating to see how there's so many similarities with what's going on in this recession....

...speaking of which, here's announcement for you -- please spread the word:

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We are pleased to share that since the launch earlier this month of POETS ON THE GREAT RECESSION, seven more poets have joined to share their experiences with the GREAT RECESSION and how such affects (or not) their poetry:

Ed Baker November 2011
("which recession goes with which poem? I just don't know. I'm still trying to figure out what the hell Language Poetry is!")

Liam Duffy November 2011
(" recession experience is that of the Irish narrative returning to emigration. The youth of whole villages has disappeared.")

Adam Fieled November 2011
("...two things that have always disturbed me about the American psyche: the juvenile competitiveness which is never far from the surface, and the sense that intellectuality is not valued on any level.")

Faith Pascua November 2011
("Mommy, you are not an ATM...")

g emil reutter November 2011
("Young mothers watch the old folks / purchase one meal at a time, learning / how it is done.")

Jared Schickling (with Alec Maslowski) November 2011
("My art becomes life, stains; 'consequences' aside, they’ve proven extremely adept. Hell, successful. Thus my slurp has been unaffected by this 'recession'")

Chris Stroffolino November 2011
("Congress Should Enact Legislation for Publicly Financed Elections And Reverse the Effects of the Unconstitutional Citizens United SCOTUS decision by passing an amendment to prohibit any private financing of elections and ELIMINATE "PERSONHOOD" LEGAL STATUS FOR CORPORATIONS, and restore the 14th Amendment to its original purpose.")

We continue to look for more poet-participants; more information at

POETS ON THE GREAT RECESSION is the second of a POETS ON ____ [insert BIG TOPIC] SERIES. The first was POETS ON ADOPTION, for which we continue to look for more poet-participants as well. More information at

Thanks for engaging,

Eileen Tabios
Poet, Curator-POETS ON ____

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