“Flood seen through a car window” Photo by Vic Burkhammer
I’ve been consumed recently with politics. Months before an election, I am hit with a flood of politics, and when I next look up, it seems, it’s almost Memorial Day.
Wil Haygood, a friend who writes for The Washington Post, called me the other day. We wanted to talk longer than we could at that moment. Wil had been traveling with the Obama campaign in North Carolina.
This morning from the APPALNET listserv, I received a note about Ron Eller’s “Obama’s ‘Appalachian Problem’? It’s Not So Easy.” The word cogent comes to mind.
I see how some of the media got it all wrong about Obama and West Virginia. The viewpoint piece online references an interesting slideshow of “The Photos That Began the War on Poverty.”
I want my poetry to take into account these things in some sense, not to explain them, but to put the truth of it all out there in the most powerful way possible for all to see. West Virginians are being stereotyped again. Continue reading »