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  • Gregory
    This was in the Wednesday edition of the NYT and most worthy of posting here. Poet Rebuffs Laura Bush By LAWRENCE VAN GELDER Published: September 21, 2005
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 22, 2005
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      This was in the Wednesday edition of the NYT and most worthy of
      posting here.

      Poet Rebuffs Laura Bush


      By LAWRENCE VAN GELDER
      Published: September 21, 2005

      Protesting the war in Iraq, the poet Sharon Olds, winner of a
      National Book Critics Circle Award and professor of writing at New
      York University, has rebuffed an invitation from Laura Bush, the
      first lady, to attend the fifth National Book Festival on the
      National Mall in Washington on Saturday. Noting that the event,
      sponsored by the Library of Congress, includes a dinner at the
      library and a breakfast at the White House, Ms. Olds, in a letter on
      the Web site of The Nation (thenation.com/doc/20051010/olds), said
      she found the invitation appealing. "But I could not face the idea of
      breaking bread with you," she wrote in a letter to Mrs. Bush. "I knew
      that if I sat down to eat with you, it would feel to me as if I were
      condoning what I see to be the wild, highhanded actions of the Bush
      administration. . . . So many Americans who had felt pride in our
      country now feel anguish and shame, for the current regime of blood,
      wounds and fire. I thought of the clean linens at your table, the
      shining knives and the flames of the candles, and I could not stomach
      it."
    • THOMAS JOHNSON
      Great post, Gregory.. that was well put. ... This was in the Wednesday edition of the NYT and most worthy of posting here. Poet Rebuffs Laura Bush By LAWRENCE
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 22, 2005
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        Great post, Gregory.. that was well put.

        --- Gregory <greggolopry@...> wrote:


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        This was in the Wednesday edition of the NYT and most
        worthy of
        posting here.

        Poet Rebuffs Laura Bush


        By LAWRENCE VAN GELDER
        Published: September 21, 2005

        Protesting the war in Iraq, the poet Sharon Olds,
        winner of a
        National Book Critics Circle Award and professor of
        writing at New
        York University, has rebuffed an invitation from Laura
        Bush, the
        first lady, to attend the fifth National Book Festival
        on the
        National Mall in Washington on Saturday. Noting that
        the event,
        sponsored by the Library of Congress, includes a
        dinner at the
        library and a breakfast at the White House, Ms. Olds,
        in a letter on
        the Web site of The Nation
        (thenation.com/doc/20051010/olds), said
        she found the invitation appealing. "But I could not
        face the idea of
        breaking bread with you," she wrote in a letter to
        Mrs. Bush. "I knew
        that if I sat down to eat with you, it would feel to
        me as if I were
        condoning what I see to be the wild, highhanded
        actions of the Bush
        administration. . . . So many Americans who had felt
        pride in our
        country now feel anguish and shame, for the current
        regime of blood,
        wounds and fire. I thought of the clean linens at your
        table, the
        shining knives and the flames of the candles, and I
        could not stomach
        it."





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