Apropos Nostalgia for Modern-Day Progressives (ring the bells that still can ring) (the dove is never free) (the signs were sent) (i heard that)

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My Poetry / Politics / Quote

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when memes were posters
you bought at the record store
using a diverse array of thumb tacks
to pin it to your wall

Maybe I should stop there, but I can’t. we have lost one of the great poet musicians of any time: Leonard Cohen. As the beginning of the video shows, he knew at least he was loved. And he would say as we all should be loved. And “Anthem” so pertinent now and unfortunately in the future. But isn’t what the great poets show us: what might be…what is possible…what we fear…what we need to conjure up from within ourselves to face the present now…

there is a crack in everything
that’s how the light gets in

they’ve summoned up a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me

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  1. I remember the pin holes and blue spot reminders too of the tenant’s that had postered before

    glad you brought Leonard into here – so many of his songs were made for this moment

    “Going home
    Without my burden
    Going home
    Behind the curtain
    Going home
    Without the costume
    That I wore”

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  2. there is a crack in everything
    that’s how the light gets in

    That’s the first thing Plato (the Younger) said to me when he introduced me to Cohen. It’s such a beautiful song… I had to smile at your poem. Drollery has never understood what a meme is. I read him your poem. NOW he gets it.

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  3. Love this. Rest in peace, Leonard Cohen. I agree – poets do show us what we need to conjure up, and he did so in such elegant, powerful ways. Both in who he was, and in his words. Have you read the tribute from his son?

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