Sharon Olds turns down Laura Bush invite

"... 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."

Her full letter to the First Lady is here.


Patry Francis said...

Go, Sharon.

semanticist said...


FROM: Laura Bush, First Lady
TO: Cristeta Comerford, WH Chef
SUBJ: Dinner RSVPs

Cristeta, put Sharon Olds down as a "maybe".


The Humanity Critic said...

Ok, Sharon is my new hero. Going with her morals..

Great post and great blog by the way.

Grendel said...

Mr. Humanity Critic, I thank you very much for even reading any posts here. I enjoy -- maybe that's not the right word, for you are not after entertainment exactly -- your blog, which really is a blog in the classic sense: You are putting your life out there, without sugar-coating it, for all to see, in great detail.

Here we are focused on the nostalgia of a small writing community as it disperses and tries to stay in touch. Your blog is more like what reality TV pretends to be. Keep up the good work.

btw, congrats on your FOUR 2005 Black Weblog Awards.