Category Archives: Countries

Nothing Has Changed

I first posted this poem here at Flowers for Socrates in 2015. Cataracts of blood have been spilled since then, and still, nothing has changed. Move on, nothing to see here – just another mass murder in America. To read … Continue reading

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A Poem for the Birthday of Lars Gustafsson

Lars Gustafsson(1936 –2016) was born in Västerås, Sweden on May 17. A Swedish poet, novelist, and scholar, he published his first novel in 1959, and his first poetry collection the following year. Some of his poetry collections have been published … Continue reading

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Truth is More Powerful than Hate

Yesterday, a member of the Michigan state senate gave a speech which struck right at the hate-filled heart of right-wing extremism and deception.  Her name is Mallory McMorrow – it’s a name worth remembering, because I’m hoping she will soon … Continue reading

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Russian Oligarchy: Voyage of the Damned

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) pen name of the Russian poet Anna Andreyevna Gorenko, who was born in Odessa, to a Ukrainian naval engineer and a mother descended from Russian nobility. She married poet Niklay Gumilev in 1910, … Continue reading

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The Colour of Civilization

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor “Tyranny will make an entire population into readers of poetry.” –Joseph Brodsky Part Of Speech by Joseph Brodsky …and when “the future” is uttered, swarms of mice rush out of the Russian language and gnaw a piece of … Continue reading

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Putin’s War Room

by Irene Fowler, Contributor “The International Criminal Court has now launched an investigation into actions in Ukraine at the request of 39 countries. This is an important step in the global condemnation of the Russian invasion. “Individual states, the European … Continue reading

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Putin: The Bloody Tyrant

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor “Putin began a war against Ukraine, and against the entire democratic world. He wants to destroy our country, and everything we have been building. But we know the strength of the Ukrainian people.” – Volodymyr Zelensky, … Continue reading

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Testament by the Bard of Ukraine – in 1845

Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko (1814-1861) also known as Kobzar (Bard); Ukrainan poet, author, painter, folklorist, ethnographer, and champion of Ukrainian independence. His literary works are regarded as the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and, to a large extent, of the modern Ukrainian … Continue reading

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A Black Woman SCOTUS Justice – UPDATED

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor The argument has been vociferously advanced against limiting the appointment of the next U.S. Supreme Court justice, to a qualified pool of black women, since they comprise about 7% of the population. This is my response. First, … Continue reading

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TCS: A Third Act at New Years

  Good Morning! ____________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early riserson Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum,so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole inyour brainpan, feel free to add a comment.____________________________ Experience is the only … Continue reading

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