Archive | November, 2014

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Ferguson, Missouri Looking Like Money, Mississippi

Yes, Ferguson, Missouri is looking a whole lot like Money, Mississippi. In 1955, two white men were charged, tried, and found not guilty in the murder of Emmett Till. Then they bragged about it to national magazines. Nothing could be done. The Mississippi “justice” system was built entirely in their favor. That’s how it’s looking […]

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Students + Poetry = Beauty

My journey as Howard County Maryland Poetry & Literature Society’s Poet-in-Residence continued today at two Howard County high schools. This morning, we had a terrific workshop at the Homewood Center and this afternoon we engaged a very different but vibrant reading and discussion at Long Reach High School. Kathy, my high school liaison, accompanied me. […]

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Sr. Teresita Fay’s Question

She was one of those professors you do not forget. Back in the 1970s, I first met Sr. Teresita Fay, R.S.H.M. in an English Composition class at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. We met in a hot classroom in Pereira Hall, the engineering building. I was a very average writer and she worked me hard. […]

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