“This is what democracy looks like, “taunted Tea Party fave and former commercial TV news-blabber Rebecca Kleefisch, who knew exactly what she was saying and doing, and indeed her version of “democracy” prevailed in Wisconsin last week, meaning the ironic version, where millions of dollars did exactly what they might be expected to do to genuine citizen participation.
But, of course, not “losers” as in being unable to get a date, but as a cautionary, affirming, caring challenge to circumstance. I love the tone of “My America House Car Store,” perhaps the most ironic (in a good way) of Carlson's poems. “Soldiers were dying and we heard about it, but we didn't know what it meant or what to do about it. We didn't even know how to talk about it. We didn't know if they were dying for the cause, because we didn't know the cause.”
Room Service: Poems, Meditations, Outcries and Remarks, Ron Carlson, Red Hen Press, 94 pps.; $17.95