Category Archives: United States

America The Great

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor Ceaseless onslaughts mounted against the ramparts of democracy characterizing factions of the body politic, and a significant portion of American society, will undoubtedly have existential implications for global democracy. The normally placid and unflappable U.S. Attorney-General … Continue reading

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TCS: May 30 2022 – To Die for One’s Country

Good Morning ____________________________ Welcome to The Coffee Shop, just for you early risers on Monday mornings. This is an Open Thread forum, so if you have an off-topic opinion burning a hole in your brainpan, feel free to add a comment. ____________________________ “It’s … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Thanksgiving, Crimes, and Democracy

by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor “Forever Thankful” – Irene Fowler Whatever your preferred flavour of life is – sweet, savoury, spicy or somethin’ else, welcome to the melting pot. I am on West African time, so ‘servez-vous.’ Even though we are … Continue reading

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A Poem for the 4th of July

Jimmy Santiago Baca (1952 – ) was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, of Apache and Chicano ancestry. Abandoned by his parents, he ran away at 13 from the orphanage where his grandmother had placed him. Baca was convicted on drug … Continue reading

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April is National Poetry Month – The Light Filled Up the Sky

April is National Poetry Month in the U.S. It was first introduced and organized in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, as a celebration of American poetry, and a way to increase awareness and appreciation for the art of … Continue reading

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Amanda Gorman Reads ‘The Hill We Climb’

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