Poetry by Philip M. Williams


Song, on Reading Hitchens' Good Time for War

Vanitas, Vanitatum,  so the ancients said.
When we view our country’s woe
Must we issue bombast?  When read,
Is that what makes our juices flow?

Et Omnia vanitas

The ancients had it right.
As we lurch toward rolling might,
Recall John Donne, within sight
Of all the many hearses.

He, with spare and few verses,
And elusive Marshall McLuhan
Both  strove to give our village light.
To lead us not , to the dark of night.

 

 

Christopher Hitchens, a nabob at VANITY FAIR, penned a piece for THE BOSTON GLOBE MAGAZINE of Sunday, September 8, 2002.
This song was in response. A couple of weeks later they published it, in a chopped up form, in the letters section. My vanity was wounded.

 

 

  List of Poems:

Songs of war

1. Song, on reading Hitchens' Good Time for War
2. Alexander

3. Acela Express
Birthday Songs
1. Birthday Girl
2. Travel

Stairs in and around Harvard College
1. Stadium Sonnet
2. Gund Hall Stairs
3. Harvard Coop Stairs (Tree of Knowledge)

Odd Songs
1. Piss Tish
2. Poison Ivy Blues
3. The Boston Room

Peace and Love
1. Sea of Love
2. Distant Moon
3. Anti Faustian Pact
4. It is an Honor

5. My Tin House
Old Age
1. To Jack
Eternity
1. In Memoriam
2. The Judge


 

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