Spring 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2007 |

The Ides of Amer-I-Can

O tempora! O mores! —Cicero I write in times of plus and minus, in decades of division. I write in times when what's said aloud is sometimes not allowed said. The brain's in halves, the heart's in half-knots. In times when pronouns take the place of nouns and proverbs take the place of thought. Times of humanity's peak-ruts: assaults on clear new summits (and summits on nuclear assault). When the Air Force aims high and diplomacy dips low. I write in times when ink seems obsolete, pens dead. I write on a computer whose newspaper-named fonts beg outrageous multiplication. I write in Times.   ▪ ▪ Her T-shirt exclaims NF! and this is America all right, that said it, NF is enough, and yeah, it's clever, but lacks a clear referent: of what? She's dressed kinda feminist so maybe that's her beef: NF of this crap, NF of the way you bastards look at me—basta bastardi! for those of you who ogle in Italian—NF sentences and sentiments like "She

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