A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Louis Armstrong
Abraham Lincoln, Barrack Obama,
Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe, Frank Loyd Wright,
George Gershwin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan.
They would have achieved greatness anyway,
but the nation, the land, the lamentable
and grand history gave them subject matter,
lasting hurt, joy, sadness, possibility.
It made them who and what they were. And now
it has given us–all of us!–Donald Trump,
wounded boy who can’t grow up, American brat
bound to punish us all for what we’ve become.
Copyright 2019 David Huddle
David Huddle’s ninth poetry collection, My Surly Heart, will appear from LSU Press later this year.