Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Great Regulars: In retrospect, those feelings of pride,

ably manipulated by our own government and media, seem sinister. I suppose the "gold-haired girl" in the poem represents to me not the "beautiful country" of the poem's title, but an impostor version of that country we came to trust, a lovely voice distracting us from the truth of war, death and political incompetence. Here, falling in love--with an idea, a voice--becomes both intoxicating and, at least metaphorically, suicidal.

[by Kevin Prufer]

In a Beautiful Country

from The Washington Post: Poet's Choice: "In a Beautiful Country" by Kevin Prufer


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