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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist currently residing in Australia. His poetry, commentary, and reviews have appeared in publications in Oceania, Europe and the USA, such as Cordite, Morning Star, Hanging Loose, and Rumpus. He is a regular contributor to Counterpunch magazine. He is a former columnist for the Prague Post. He is a former winner of the Academy of America Poets prize. He has graduate degrees in Literary Studies, Applied Linguistics and TESOL.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 16, 2020 The 'Boston Massacre': Bring Your Milk of Amnesia
A book review of The Boston Massacre by Serena Zabin. The author draws us into a complex web of intrigues and relations befitting a large family, which is what she reckons the Boston colonists were vis-a-vis the British. The Massacre was a precursor to the Revolution that followed a few years later, but, she argues it was as if a family were breaking up. The early Bostonians saw themselves as proud Britons. Union Jack's taxes.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Vive Le Trump L'oeil (A Poem)
Sonnet in anticipation of the coming revolution. Herds will roll. You too may end up a basket case.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 15, 2020 How the Middle Half Lives
Book review of The Sinking Middle Class by David Roediger, a radical historian from Kansas University, who argues that the middle class, as currently construed, is not worth saving. Let's rock that cash bar.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 14, 2020 Take Back the Night Like A Fresh Burning Star
Book Review. Poetry by feminists from around the world. A lively, trenchant and lyrical collection of utterances that is a timely response to Trump and all his isms and a call to gather together an' resist de piece in
the White House and his nonsense by any legal means necessary. Bring humor hat in case it rains.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 11, 2020 El Cid: The Most Dangerous Man in Amerika
Book Review of The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis. It's an excellent limited account of a wild, street-fighting time in America (early 70s) and offers lessons for us today, esp. as we get ready to boot you-know-who out of office, one way or the other.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 10, 2020 FrankenBob: The Self-Made Song and Dance Man
Review of Dylan's Latest, Rough and Rowdy Ways. It's a great album, with one reservation. Be sure to drink some of his Heaven's Door whiskey while your at it. Not bad. (That was a product placement.)
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 10, 2020 October Surprises: Trust Me (A Poem)
Poem about the suddenness of change. And AstraZeneca has called off their Operation Warp Speed, meantto get a Covid vaccine to the public. A comparison of Turd Blossom and Lotus Blossom is in the offing. Putin laughs his ar*e off with his new Sputnik vaccine, making one wonder whether a new Internet is now underway. I'm easy with these times. Plus, my poem lacks rhymes, so you know it freely expresses.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Chauvinist Pigs: A Poem
Poem that jazz raps a riff or two to George Floyd and its aftermath. All you need is love, said GW Bush. That's all you kneed.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, September 7, 2020 Walls, Clowns, Wogs and Gardens
A creative non-fiction account of the time I had to bring my daughter to the hospital. Unusual conversations. Bombings. China's Wall. American imperialism. Multiculturalism.Sickness. The Clown Christ of Capitalism.
SHARE Saturday, September 5, 2020 Sharon Olds: Interpenetrations of Love and Being
Review of Arias by Sharon Olds, the former Pulitzer prize and TS Eliot awardee (the only American woman to win this prestigious award). Her crisp, often-sexually explicit imagistic forays into being.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, September 4, 2020 Australia's Cryptic Democracy
Julian Assange hails from a society that has no real guaranteed privacy rights; no Bill of Rights is inscribed in the constitution. Assange is, after all is said and done, a champion of privacy and soldier for more governmental transparency. He argues here that cryptography is the best protection for privacy, but now that's been taken away here. Read between the lines.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 3, 2020 The Age of Synthetic Biology: Start the War Games!
Book Review: Biodefense in the Age of Synthetic Biology (2018) by National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). Framework for dealing perceived bioweapon attacks. Scientists explain the processes of assessment and mediation involved. A moratorium on dangerous biological weapons research, in place since 2014, was lifted by the Trump Administration. Here's the scientific explanation for the need for synbio.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 3, 2020 What Would Abbie Hoffman Do?
I miss the Sixties desperately. We didn't put up with s*it we put up with now. This poem is about Abbie and how he might re-distribute some wealth and kickstart the economy again.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Gargling in the Rat Race Choir -- Hallelujah!
Book Review of David Shariatmadari's Don't Believe A Word: The Surprising Truth About Language. Ebonics. Chomsjy. Boston accents. Why we lingua at all. Worth a read.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 1, 2020 O, Homo Contractus, Where Art Thou?
This is a look at the shocking number of Deep State private contractors amongst us who have top security clearances as privates, but do the work of the public servants, but without accountability. Bill Moyers first examined it with some detail here. Edward Snowden, years later, in memoir, Permanent Record, declared it a catastrophic crisis.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 30, 2020 The Fart Heard Around the World (A Thinking Man's Poem)
My alternative one-man conspiracy poem about WTC7's near free-fall collapse. I think Rudy did it and theory-poem why. Bring humor hat. Also, Rudy's fine work in Ukraine is noted. No word whether he caught up with Cofer Black, who quietly joined the Burisma board of directors shortly after Trump's inauguration. Then on to the icy tower. Like stations of the cross. O, it's all good fun, tongue in cheek. Bring humor. You need it
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 30, 2020 Doublethink, Doublethink: It's Two Thinks in One!
Book Review of Dorian Lynskey's The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell's 1984. Recalls Orwell's influences (HG Wells, principally), his deep loathing of communism, and his secret snitch list. Excellenyt job demonstrating the continued relevance of Orwell's presence on out world.