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April 4, 2003
Recently, I was sent two poems by Ferlinghetti (and one by Alice Walker) crying about war with Iraq. They’re entitled to their opinions, as are celebrities who’ve publicly whined about US military muscle. This poem is a tribute to Johnny Nolan has a Patch on his Ass, one of my favorite Ferlinghetti pieces – before he got on his high horse and decided that trite political poetry was a better use of time than original, pointed poetry. All the liberal kids (mentally) reflexively chase him. More out of reflex than common cause, while the two-to-one silent majority ignores the leftist media.