A World That Doesnt Care

War bombs may explode demolishing man and land.
Hurricanes may devastate and leave us entirely bare.
Earthquakes may devour and swallow up old landmarks.
But nothing is as destructive as a world that doesn't care.

Smog may be an atrocious bother in our daily living.
We all suffer significantly from pollution in the air.
Intoxicants may be debilitating to those who will imbibe.
But nothing is as troublesome as a world that doesn't care.

Embezzlers may run off with money not their own.
A spouse may engage in an extra-marital affair.
Some folks may be malicious, evil, mean and rude.
But nothing is as tragic as a world that doesn't care.

The rich may all get richer as the poor languish behind.
The aged may find their last days are lived in solitaire.
The young may be lost in a confusing world maze.
But nothing is as dreadful as a world that doesn't care.

Diabetes may be incurable and challenge the appetite.
Cancer may be ubiquitous, creating turmoil and despair.
Kidneys may suddenly fail and require dialysis.
But nothing is as fatal as a world that doesn't care.

Our world has many problems for solutions to be found.
Great trials and tribulations on mankind can overbear.
But hope remains alive however small the sparks may be,
If the world does not let leave of its capacity to care.

Rev. Saundra L. Washington, is an ordained clergywoman, social worker, and Founder of AMEN Ministries, http://www.clergyservices4u.org. She is also the author of two coffee table books: Room Beneath the Snow, Poems that Preach and Negative Disturbances, Homilies that Teach.

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Opinionator | Poetry Kept My Patient Alive
New York Times (blog)
Steve, my patient, fancied himself a poet, first and foremost. Brilliant, yet sadly bedeviled by schizoaffective disorder — a condition somewhere between schizophrenia and bipolar — he feared he would die before his gift was discovered. “I think I'm ...


Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Cowboy Poetry Festival is 'dad burn' fun
Salt Lake Tribune
(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jay "Bo" Dean from Helena, Montana, plays his guitar at the Cowboy Legends Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival at the Fielding-Garr Ranch on Antelope Island, Saturday, May 23, 2015.


Asheville Citizen-Times

Book thief vents rage on laureate's poetry with shotgun
Asheville Citizen-Times
Two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins has been blasted by critics before but never this literally. Miegan and Chan Gordon, the veteran booksellers of rare and used books at The Captain's Bookshelf, have the proof that poetry, long mourned as dead ...
New Britain will get a poet laureateNewbritainherald

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Omaha World-Herald

Ted Kooser's 'American Life in Poetry' (May 24)
Omaha World-Herald
Poets often do their best work when they're telling us about something they've seen without stepping into the poem and talking about themselves. Here's a lovely poem of observation by Terri Kirby Erickson, who lives in North Carolina. Hospital Parking Lot.
Modern costumes make for an ill fit to Shakespeare's poetryThe Keene Sentinel
Friday Finishers: One poet's missionThe Herald Journal
A 'Storytelling Savvy' workshop will be June 12North Platte Telegraph

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Reconstructing two poets who suffered taking the middle path
Buffalo News
Here are two 20th century American poets who took the path less traveled – the middle path – and their reputations suffered for it, at least during their lifetimes. But now major retrospectives are underway, rebuilding their reputations. And showing ...


The Quietus

The Body Poetic: An Interview With Luna Miguel
The Quietus
Luna Miguel has only one collection of her work available in English, Bluebird and Other Tattoos (we need more!), a selection of poems drawn from several of her Spanish works which include Estar enfermo (2010), Poetry is not dead (2010) and La tumba ...


Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, May 24, 2015
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
and for sixty years, she has taken it. American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (http://www.poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. It also is supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska ...
TED KOOSER: Standing strongRapid City Journal

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Poetry contest helps locked-up youth find their voices
Washington Post
Reif submitted Javon's poem to a national poetry competition for locked-up youth called Words Unlocked. On May 21, judges named Javon's poem — “Bradenton,” about a Florida neighborhood where he had lived — as the winner. His was the best of 15 ...

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Huddersfield Examiner

Huddersfield poet Simon Armitage bids for top role
Huddersfield Examiner
The Marsden-born poet is one of five candidates to be the next Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, a prestigious position that was first established in the early 18th century and whose previous incumbents include Robert Graves and WH Auden. It is ...
Wole Soyinka tipped to become professor of poetry at OxfordThe Voice Online

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Financial Times

Souad Massi's homage to Arabic poetry
Financial Times
The words are not those of the Algerian-born singer-songwriter but of Abou el Kacem Chebbi, a Tunisian modernist poet whose face is on the country's 10 dinar banknote. A Byronic Romantic with a weak heart, he died young in 1934, but his poem “To the ...

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