Michael W. Barnard
Feb27

Michael W. Barnard

One of the fascinating things about working at MUM.edu is the occasional arrival of someone (faculty, staff, students) with an extensive professional background. A good example on the student side was a woman who was so famous (in South Africa) from modeling and TV work that she couldn’t walk out in public alone, but enjoyed a quiet anonymity on campus. A more recent arrival (though it has been few years) is Michael W. Barnard,...

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Freedom
Feb09

Freedom

What our friends on the right call “freedom” is really, at its core, “me-dom.” Yes, that American pride in rugged individuality has, entwined around it’s roots, a quality of “and you are on your own, sucker.” Why else is it that socialism is such a dirty word? The “dang” to communism’s damn. After all, Marxism/Communism/Socialism are not, in essence, ideas with bad intent, anymore than religions are, in principle, licenses to...

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Message to poets
Feb08

Message to poets

I have nothing to say to you But know that  I don’t have to say it because you are already in touch with nothing. Since it seems that nothing is the message in almost every poem —the deep, silent, full nothing that is at the basis of everything— You are not my audience (what can I tell you?) It’s for others who think they can’t write a poem but can read and be reminded of nothing, in the middle of a busy day, and in that silence,...

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