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Saturday, February 20, 2010


by Art Goodtimes

Repubs and Dems
they both boost nukes
One of the reasons I'm a Green

Can't get those grubby little
fists of the power brokers
out of their existing cookie jars

As I told a good donkey aide
in calling for a tour through
Uravan and up out to Paradox

where Canadians want to
build the country's first new
uranium mill in decades

(him thinking we should link it
to a Telluride whistlestop
to celebrate a bill to preserve

large tracts of wild lands)
“If you think mixing a victory lap
with a downer spin through our

backyard slickrock sacrifice eddy
might fly, I’ll try. I just think
before our congressionals

take sides
& make up their minds
on a nuclear future

they ought come visit
the front end of the horse.
Not just champion the backside”

Art Goodtimes was the founding poetry editor of Earth First! Journal (1981-1991) and poetry co-editor of Wild Earth (1991- 2000). His first book was Embracing the Earth (Homeward Press, Berkeley, 1984) and his most recent As If the World Really Mattered (La Alameda Press, Albuquerque, 2007). He's founder/director of the Talking Gourd poetry gatherings in Colorado and New Mexico since 1989 and poet-in-residence of the Telluride Mushroom Festival since 1980.