Salinger is Dead

(and the manned space program is ailing)

1965 high-school English class
We’ve all read Holden
and Mockingbird and
Lord of the Flies
Men were in space
and we were racing
to the moon

But in the 2010 world
Salinger dies at 91
having not published
anything since 1965 and the
Constellation program planned
to replace the Space Shuttle
is cancelled

All our dreams
all our dreams
all our youthful dreams
once defined now destined
to come to fruition, never

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Bill McCloud

Bill McCloud, a three-time Teacher of the Year, has been teaching American history since 1974. His new book, The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969, published by the Balkan Press, consists of 107 poems that take the reader, chronologically, through his year in Vietnam. David Willson, poetry editor of the VVA Veteran says the poems rank “right at the top of the heap” of Vietnam War poetry. Dr. Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, the current poet laureate of Oklahoma, calls the book “necessary reading.”

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