Dear Dirty America


That Changes the Odds

May 28
22:45 2013

(excerpt from the preface of 100 Peculiarly Useful So-Called Poems)
Justice. Kindness. Sanity.
Toward these ends
habilitation, fitness,
strategic & efficient
practical application.
Only individuals can
change the rule of injustice
& the prevalence of madness.
And, obviously, individuals
change the rule of injustice
& the prevalence of madness.
Until someone does something, anyway.
That changes the odds.
I can’t do what needs doing alone. But just as Adam Smith described how a developing economy works—each doing his or her part without knowing what others are doing, the parts meshing as a whole—so, likewise, I can at least hope, & I will hope, that a transformation occurs—& do my part.

Eric Chaet, born Chicago, 1945, South Side, beaten, denigrated, sinking, swimming—servant of a refractory nation and species, sweating laborer in factories and warehouses, wearing jacket and tie in offices and classrooms—“so-called poems” published and posted around the world, sporadically, for decades—author of People I Met Hitchhiking On USA Highways (read a review) and How To Change the World Forever For Better—perpetual polymath student, synthesizer of specialists’ insights and methods, solo consultant regarding space exploration and accidents involving obsolete industrial machinery—album of songs Solid and Sound—hitchhiked back and forth between the Pacific and Atlantic, sleeping out for years and subsisting on water and sunflower seeds, stapling a series of 1500 posters he made to utility poles, inciting whoever saw them to seize the responsibility for their own lives—governing without coalition or means of or inclination to coerce or confiscate, from below, approximately invisible.

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