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Welcome! Please scroll down for latest post. This blog has been a work in progress since early 2010. Nearly 30,000 overall views and counting. Here is a wonderful compliment from a friend and blog follower: “Your creative gifts, your activism, and your sharp intellect make this world a better, more transparent, more honest, beautiful place.”  You can read all about me  here. Contact me at jenneandrews2010@gmail.com, and I am on Facebook at Jenne R Andrews. Scroll down for current post.

Update as of August 2, 2016

 

Please do not share any of the poetry and nonfiction on this blog in whole or in part without crediting Jenne’ R. Andrews as author and linking back to this blog–you can also share a post on Facebook or follow the blog via widgets on the right sidebar–thanks.

I am especially happy to announce my first collection of poetry in some thirty years, an expanded chapbook from Finishing Line Press, Blackbirds Dance in the Empire of Love; the work in this collection is recent and has received many kudos from the toughest audience of all– my fellow poets. I am proud to say that endorsements from Jim Moore, collected and new poems Underground due out soon from Graywolf; Dawn Potter , Same Old Story, CavanKerry Press and Patricia Kirkpatrick, winner of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award for Odessa from Milkweed Editions,  grace the back cover, with cover art by John Sokol.

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Publication Announcement:

My second Finishing Line collection, Bocca, Voce, Delirio – Mouth, Voice, Delirium, Poems of Italy and Amore, will be released by Finishing Line in October 2016, with translations by Professor Lorenzo Luciani. .

My second full-length collection of poetry, And Now, the Road, will be released by Salmon Poetry Ltd, in 2017.  Jessie Lendennie and Siobhan  Hutson are co-editors of this operation–one of the finest presses in all the UK.  .

I have become a regular contributor of poetry to the marvelous Vox   Populi, Michael Simms, Founder, Publisher, Editor. I have had thirteen poems in this wonderful “zine,”  beginning last year.     Thank you, intrepid sir!

Finally, I am proud to announce that  I finally extricated my MFA from Colorado State            University.

Please continue to check out my creative work freely offered to the literate public on line at La Parola Vivace, (literary erotica) and my highly praised memoir Nightfall in Verona— all twenty-two chapters.  See page links. Check back here for book reviews and political notes. Note: archives at bottom of page.

 

Man Up: Ask Your Neighbor, Cousin, Friend, Why Are You Voting for Donald Trump?

I imagine that more than a few of you are political animals like me, and you know that I have been blogging the election at http://loquaciouslyyours.com. Today I want to cut to the chase as follows, in the wake of The Donald’s most recent commercial claiming that in offhand remarks Clinton made to donors Friday night she was attacking his entire constituency. This is not true and she has apologized for the generalization. But at this point, to settle the matter, let’s get our facts straight about exactly who thinks this man is a viable candidate for President of the United States. Every Trump voter should be asked how he or she feels about a virtual pogrom against Latinos necessitating the institution of a police state to deport undocumented workers rather than instituting an amnesty program, about their views on homosexuality and the transgendered, about women’s role on the world stage, about whether or not they believe that people of every hue are their equals or not and whether the U.S. Constitution gives every person the right to practice his own religion including American Muslims. Endorsers of the Trump campaign include David Duke, KKK, the Alt Right and its uber- paranoid voices, including the right wing scions of talk radio who have tremendous influence over the “under-informed” and illiterate, and last but never least, Sherrif Joe Arpaio, AZ. I believe that much of the Trump constituency involves off the grid and inherently distrustful tight clans of too closely related people in the deep South who make crystal Meth in their woodsheds, and have a collection of military grade weapons they display on dually gun racks, all the while waving the American flag. Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence’s breakout Indie film, makes this life, including killing and eating possum and squirrel, picturesque. It is not. There is nothing that is o.k. about earning the vote of those who if they could get away with it, would still be burning down black churches and killing those trying to get out the vote in the South. I recognize my own elitism in describing such people as the chaff of our culture– particularly Southern rural racist cops stoned on power. Why is it that NFL players are taking the knee, raising the iconic fist and otherwise demonstrating solidarity with 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Donald Trump believes in ethnic cleansing. He believes and is on record on talk radio as saying in re the drone program, “We have to take out the families.” Could there be a more xenophobic person running for any elected office: Today’s overused adjective, “deplorable,” is the shyster Donald Trump who has seduced so much of the American Electorate. Please, please. Read Wikipedia pieces for quasi-objective histories of Isis, the issue of transparency; take informed positions. Research this man yourselves. There is no comparison between the GOP “candidate,” and the brilliant Secretary Clinton, who has been focused on social issues and lifting people out of poverty since the 70’s. .