By Andrei Codrescu
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The Radiance of a Woman in Milwaukee Those who'd been staying were well on their way, what had to be done was done, things were in order as best they could be, and now that she was by herself, the city this city she grew up in, this city where she lived stretched out about her like someplace new which she could explore just as she wished. And, this morning, she chose to get up early and watch the sun rise over Lake Michigan as she'd wanted to do for so many years, yet never had managed to be there to see it, and away she went then all on her own.
James Laughlin, who published the twentieth century, stayed out of it. Others, like Charles Bukowski and Joe Cardarelli, said their goodbyes just before they left us. They didn't see the end of the twentieth century. We might. Enivrez-vous! ANDREI CODRESCU LAURA ROSENTHAL BATON ROUGE Page 1 Keith Abbott Goodbye Twentieth Century You're been a good old wagon, but Daddy, you done broke down. with a lunch bag in my hand going to Pan American to release mail to Vietnam an Army truck rolled by with eight assault rifles trained on me RACE RIOTS IN THE FILLMORE Thought Lunch Was Bomb subhead I didn't know that I was waiting for the end of the 20th xx but I was & it didn't come then and Also forgot to mention had to get to the disco so I ran my truck over a railroad crossing sign to create an impromptu parking place & the next morning a station wagon full of Serbian nuns and Kuwaiti gas attack victims and Somalian sick children and Panamanian Page 2 war orphans died there hit by the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy I was guilty & sorry but I wasn't serious couldn't be trusted I was a secular humanist in the waiting room where Bill Burroughs strongly advised me to turn necrophiliac so Vietnam remained only one word without an I in it Thanks, Bill!
Thank God. ) Later, it appeared that what was universally human had to be defended against what was not: vast warring ideologies, war itself, genocide. This vision sustains a number of what may be called citizen poets. " Carolyn Kizer lists the victims: ". . Armenians, Jews,/ Gypsies, Russians, Vietnamese,/ the Bosnians, the Somalians . . '' All the poets in here can be said to affirm their citizenship in this century, but there are degrees of awkwardness. Abrams, Clifton, Kizer, and Nauen do so with a straight face and thus make the strongest connection to Walt Whitman's nineteenth century.