Poet Sonia Greenfield ruminates over the racism and ethnocentrism involved in international responses to epidemics, including the recent Ebola outbreak, which was mostly concentrated in West Africa.
Jocelyn Macdonald's poem about the environmental crisis will have you quitting meat, riding your bike, chasing your dreams and spooning the love by your side, all to "slow down the rising of seas, the death of the bees [and] the electric current of spreading disease."
As the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon approaches, Paul Lobo Portugés' moving poem serves as a reminder of the pernicious and long-lasting effects American interventionism has had in Vietnam.
Edgar Allan Poe may have died penniless, but his poems are now worth a heap of money -- $662,500, to be exact. On Friday, an unidentified bidder at a Christie's auction in New York paid just that much for a first-edition collection of poems by the master of the macabre, titled "Tamerlane and Other Poems" and printed under the vague pseudonym of "A Bostonian."
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was visited by the GOP Muse and out plopped this elephant patty of a poem. The chef-d'oeuvre comes at a time when Republicans and Leon Panetta are calling for an apology from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the CIA for accusing the agency of "misleading" her on their interrogation methods.