Anthology: Rogue StimulusFebruary 11, 2010
A few weeks back I was asked to submit a poem to an “instant” anthology, a collection of protest poems targeting the Conservative government’s slap in the face of good taste and democracy here in Canada (do a Google news search for “prorogue”, if you’re outside the country and want to read about the minutiae of Canadian parliamentary procedure). I’d done this before for 101 Poets Against the War, an instant anthology back in 2003 protesting the invasion of Iraq. Anyway, I thought the whole proroguing business was a nasty piece of work, a real bastardization of our “good government” by a man/party bent on creating a kind of “oppression fatigue” in which the populace goes through so many highs and lows of outrage and despair that they eventually become desensitized to further egregious acts for political reward. So I whipped up a shiv-like piece of doggerel and sent it along. That oughtta take care of it… But, lo and behold: Rogue Stimulus: The Stephen Harper Holiday Anthology for a Prorogued Parliament. Order yours today!