Dear Dirty America


Neither Proud Nor Ashamed

Neither Proud Nor Ashamed
February 06
19:07 2021

(originally published at So-Called Poems)

Being a poet, engineer, physician

or farmer, grocer, builder

plumber, electrician, programmer

reporter, editor, professor, historian

star performer, clerk, or artisan

or judge or president or partisan

of this or that transformative ideology

or allocator of everything with a price

& others’ time, attention, & efforts–

is nothing to be proud or ashamed of.


Have you yet made yourself capable of doing

& Is what you have done so far to the advantage

not of predators or parasites–

but of those willing to pay for what they get

by contributing to others’ well-being & fulfillment?


Is there any more justice–

or do violence, threat of violence, & sly persuasion

rule as much as when you became aware?



Anthem for Humanity


We get used to


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.

[Photo by Tegan Mierle on Unsplash]


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