Commentary

Commentary

04/15/2015 - 10:03am
I want to hear lies…      lies and lies and lies That make me feel better      not worse. You all know my truth.      I've told you who I am, What I want, what I'll die for... >>more
04/09/2015 - 9:39am
Baseball is back and so is National Poetry Month. I like it when the air turns warm like a sweet sonnet in one’s mouth. There is much to love about baseball including the pace of the game. During the off season there was much discussion about... >>more
03/31/2015 - 12:00am
Nature is totally unemotional, totally unforgiving: The bird eats the worm, the cat the bird, the fox the cat, The wolf the fox… then man shoots the wolf; And only man mourns the death which he has caused; Then he makes rituals of atonement... >>more
03/29/2015 - 12:00am
Ten toes and fingers, perfect, thin… precious face—cheeks, brow and chin, Shuttered eyes that shed no tears, petite, pink flower-petaled ears Disturbed by no discordant sound, lips on which no kiss is found, Ungrasping hands that... >>more
03/27/2015 - 1:28pm
Hurry, mortals, we are all too soon into the becoming void From where we have so little time ago emerged; Back, it seems, to what we never were, to be the nothing we are bound to be. And we must always hurry carrying with us such little dreams: All... >>more
03/23/2015 - 12:00am
As conscious thought diminishes      and responds like fattened salmon To the lure of some enticing stream,      we instinctively pursue   The mysterious headwaters      back, on and... >>more
03/21/2015 - 12:00am
When you look back, it's with aplomb      at every life's fantasia, All scripted to the same outcome,      though eachunique in trivia. You thought your choices absolute,      to... >>more
03/19/2015 - 10:29am
Words have left the hinted scent of me      on otherwise undisturbed pages, There to be sniffed out by strangers      or someone who thinks they knew me. They're flat black on a sea of white,   ... >>more
03/04/2015 - 1:23pm
If one wants to enter the mouth of the city, simply visit 500 Indiana Avenue, NW.  This is the destination you head to after you receive that nice little official jury summons in the mailbox surrounded by coupons for discount pizza. Is this a... >>more
02/05/2015 - 10:42am
I am sitting at a table next to a woman I’ve loved my entire life. She is a few years older than I am. I am showing her how to write her name again. She has trouble remembering – it’s the first stages. I print her name in a... >>more
02/05/2015 - 10:11am
Going to a protest march may momentarily bring attention to the cause, but what happens after we go home? If we have not cultivated grassroots leadership, if we have not organized around issues that are winnable, then whatever reforms we seek will... >>more
01/29/2015 - 2:00pm
A man walks into a bank and asks a teller to make a $20,000 cash withdrawal. This, Dear Readers, sounds like the commencement of a long-winded saga that one might overhear late one evening while deep in one’s cups at the bar of the Tune Inn.... >>more
01/12/2015 - 2:14pm
2015 is upon us. The characters of a new crop of sainted Wilson Building occupants remain to be appraised. No doubt, your poor columnist will spend a good deal of the next four years hard at work pillorying their foibles while sharpening petards to... >>more
01/04/2015 - 10:11am
Next to my desk in my home office I keep a postcard of Martin Luther King , Jr. My friend Barbara Berman mailed it to me from London back in 1998. Barbara and I once operated Anemone Press and published writers like Thulani Davis and Lee Howard. I... >>more
12/09/2014 - 5:12pm
It has been many months, Dear Readers, since The Nose's fingers last graced his computer keyboard to compose a paean to the residents of the Wilson Building. Please forgive this poor scribbler; the lethargic mayoral race of the somnolent lulled... >>more