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’s poetry book, The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969 (Balkan Press), reached #1 on the "Oklahoma Best-Sellers" List (The Oklahoman). Most recently his poems have appeared in Oklahoma Today, Oklahoma English Journal, NOVUS Literary and Arts Journal, Tejascovido, and The Coronameron. He has a poem in the new anthology Bull Buffalo and Indian Paintbrush: The Poetry of Oklahoma (TJMF Publishing), edited by Ron Wallace. Counted among the fans of his poetry are songwriters Graham Nash and Jimmy Webb.

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