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SPRING 2020

We are experiencing a larger version of the concept of closed society.  It is new to our time in our nation, but old in human life.  It has a troubled history.  Any student of the political regimes of the past century or so knows that separation and deliberate alienation of people from their natural urge to congregate, meet, go out together, and live with relative autonomy are hallmarks of tyranny.  As well, and most importantly for us, they are also markers for a profound medical emergency.  For a review of past efforts like this, look into the history of city closings  and levels of quarantine during the two years of the influenza catastrophe 1918-1919, when fifty million died worldwide.  It is very difficult to distinguish between the two states.  Both are command-driven, not popular with anybody.  Each is enormously damaging in its own way.  Both depend ultimately on people in uniform to enforce the new order.  But, if the SARS-2/Covid 19/novel corona virus's threat is as grave as medical authorities around much of the world seem to think, we don't have much choice but to stay in where possible, stay apart when outside, stick to small groups (unless electronically networked) and, as much as it might conflict with your values, let professionals work with people who are sick.   

Spring 2020 postings include (in Essays) Joseph S. Salemi's consideration of Alexander Pope, the 18th century English classicist whose poetry and essays are still widely read and admired.  In Poetry, we have poems by Bruce Bennett, Claudia Gary, Charles Southerland, Frederick Turner, E.S. Frese, jr., Steven Duplij,  Sally Cook, Joseph S. Salemi, Jennifer Reeser, Michael Curtis, Carolyn Raphael and the Webmaster, with hopes we may gather more in the next few days.

Poetry:  Select to see current and past postings.

Essays:  Dr. Salemi on Alexander Pope. 

Reviews:  A review is expected soon.

News:  Nothing new that could possibly interrupt virus coverage.

Archives:  Divided into two sections, New and Old.   

Online Prosody As of now this will remain in the Old archives until editing and rewrite are complete. 


 

As noted on the original announcement, contributions will be by assignment, as we do not have the resources to manage online submissions.