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Monday, December 06, 2010

Panopticon Siren [Today's News Poem, December 6, 2010]

Panopticon Siren [Today's News Poem, December 6, 2010]

Oprah is myth; she's a lighthouse you fancy.
Row in the fog with the children, they're freezing
So chuck them both overboard; row even harder.
Your husband is worthless, he vacillates, jumping
Into the water, he screams while you paddle.
Soon there is nothing but silence—no splashing
Or shouts, there's just light in the fog in the ocean.
There's nothing like shipwreck: it's beach full of pebbles.
Land near the beam, let the seagulls approach you:
Worship together panopticon goddess.

"When this year's honorees were announced in September, some readers of The Times' blogs questioned whether Winfrey was worthy. According to the Kennedy Center's website, the honor is "given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture." Sure, Winfrey has earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for "The Color Purple." But she's primarily known as a talk show host. Critics wondered: Does that really qualify as art?"
—Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times, December 6, 2010,0,3436624.story

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