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Stories from the Silence #4

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:13 pm
by indar
Red Scare, Black List: The McCarthy Hearings on Anti-American Activities 

Orson Welles, director, actor, writer: movie Citizen Kane
dared to question excesses of capitalism.
Blacklisted: left America 1948, silenced. 

Langston Hughs, jazz poet: Harlem Renaissance,
dared to citicize treatment of Negros in America,
called to testify 1953. Blacklisted, silenced. 

Dorothy Parker, writer, poet, critic, arrested 1950 at the height of her career
for supporting Screenwriter's Guild and the Anti Nazi League
both commie fronts. Blacklisted, silenced. 

And the Labor Union leaders and the homosexual educators
and the left-leaning liberal members of intellectual communities
who attended secret meetings, called one another comrade,
who hated America and tried to bring it down
in league with Russian commie red operatives. 

We saw what was going on
revealed by Herbert Philbrick who weekly foiled
outrageous plots on the TV series I led Three Lives
in which, as a double spy, he infiltrated evil doings
right here in freedom-loving America. 

Re: Stories from the Silence #4

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:51 pm
by Matty11
hi Linda
 
I think the naming is an effective device in your poem because that was a focus of the hearings: shaming and bullying the individual. For that reason I'd cut S4.

best

Phil

Re: Stories from the Silence #4

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:23 pm
by indar
Thanks for the read and reasonable suggestion Phil. I'll cogitate on cutting S4 or perhaps including something else. The hearings were so far-reaching and became so ridiculous I feel the first 3 examples need to be expanded upon somehow.

Re: Stories from the Silence #4

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:07 pm
by poet-e
Heard more of the Hollywood Ten... didn't know of these authors were Blacklisted.  Each of the 3 first stanzas can be each own poem.

Feels like there should be a transition between 3rd and 4th stanzas.

Re: Stories from the Silence #4

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:03 pm
by indar
Thanks I wrote this one recently and it takes me months of fiddling to feel it ready for who-knows-what. Yes I agree the many unamed members of organizations deemed commie need a better trnsition.

Re: Stories from the Silence #4

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:03 pm
by poet-e
Takes me yrs, lol.

Re: Stories from the Silence #4

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:34 am
by indar
I too dink around with years-old poems