Monday, September 14, 2009
Hawk Poets in Canada
Radical Poets Urge U.S. to Invade Iraq, Hold Pro-War Poetry Readings Across Continent
A group of fringe poets has joined together to announce their support for military action against Iraq.
Several chapters of the fledgling International
Poets for War Collective held pro-war poetry
readings over the weekend in various cities
across the continent to express their sincere
desire for a United States-led military
invations of Saddam Hussein's Iraq and to
counter the anti-war stance of more
mainstream poetic organizations, such as
Poets Against the War, and Poets REALLY
Against the War.
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"Many of the organizations representing poets
that you have seen on your television in recent
weeks do not reflect the views of our collective,"
said Poets for War President Arn Fledgecliffe,
a professional poet/yoga instructor from Churchill,
Manitoba. "We are tired of poets speaking out
as if all of us were one monolithic whole.
There are a diversity of views in the world
Fledgecliffe said that there are a surprising
number of American and Canadian poets ("upwards
of 0.2 per cent") who actually support U.S.
military action against Iraq.
"I know of several neo-conservative war hawk
poets who see the enlightenment that military
conquest, law and order and the total
elimination of the capital gains tax can bring
to one's muse."
The hawk poets have something very important
to say, according to Dr. Paula Quarantine,
professor of fiscal poetry and literature
at Simon Fraser University. "I'm not really
sure what that is, but I'll let you know as
soon as I figure it out," said Dr. Quarantine.
When informed of the Poets for War rallies
held around the continent last night at his
daily press briefing, the normally gruff
U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gave
the group an enthusiastic thumbs up:
"Now that's what I call art," said Rumsfeld,
"Saddam cannot be trusted; therefore, he's
gotta be busted. Break it down."
Posted over on The Hammer
Relax, faithful readers, for this "article"
from the Canadian satire magazine, THE
HAMMER, only creates the satirical straw
man we all need to envision.