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Jenne’ R. Andrews, 2016

Bio

Jenne’ R. Andrews is an American lyric poet; her poetry is noted for its rich musicality,   brilliance and luminosity of imagery, and unabashed emotional risks. Autumn House founder Michael Simms considers her work significant for the strength of its voice and mastery of craft.

The poet’s work has appeared in literary journals since ’69; to date she has had five collections published. Early mentors include Robert Bly, Canadian poet Tom Wayman, former Colorado Poet Laureate Mary Crow, master poet Bill Tremblay, Pulitzer Prize winner Maxine Kumin, memoirist Patricia Hampl, and other luminaries of her generation.

Andrews’ early collections of poetry include In Pursuit of the Family, edited and published by Robert Bly and the Minnesota Writers’ Publishing House and Reunion, Lynx House Press, Christopher Howell, Publisher.  Before ever completing a B.A.,  she was four-year, full-time Poet in Residence to the St. Paul Schools, and won both a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant.

An expanded chapbook from Finishing Line Press, Blackbirds Dance in the Empire of Love, appeared in 2013, receiving high praise by her contemporaries and a lauding letter from Mr. Bly.   Copies of this book are available from Finishing Line; signed copies are available from the poet via jenneandrews2010@gmail.com.

Forthcoming Publication as of February 2017

In 2017 the poet published Bocca, Voce, Delirio, Poems of Italia and Amore to its own blog, where it stands as companion to her memoir Nightfall in Verona.  

In 2018 or 2019, of especial interest and great meaning to the poet,  her  second book length collection of poetry, And Now, the Road, will be published by the preeminent  international house Salmon Poetry Ltd, Knockeven, the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland, Jessie Lendennie, Editor and Publisher.   The collection was also a finalist for the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize.  

Roots, Travel and Passions

Andrews’ poetry is imbued with a strong sense of place, including her native New Mexico, Colorado and Minnesota.

In 1974, invited by friend and fellow poet Caroline Marshall, the poet traveled to Italy, ultimately taking a train alone down the coast to Reggio Calabria to rendezvous with a Calabrese she met in Verona.  She became fluent in Italian, and has a great affinity for southern Italy and Sicily.

Returning to Colorado from Minnesota in 1978, the poet completed her bachelor’s degree and went on to take both M.A. and MFA degrees at Colorado State University.  She has taught composition, literature and creative writing at CSU and The University of Colorado.

After twenty years of raising Golden Retrievers in Colorado, continuing to write on the fly but during an intentional break from US Arts and Letters, the poet lost most of her mobility in a fall from a horse in 2007.  She has since devoted herself to a full time writing life, becoming a proficient political blogger,  and posting reviews of new collections of poetry to this blog.

Andrews’ passions include loving and breeding English Cream Golden Retrievers, creating exquisite collectible baby dolls, civil rights advocacy and lately, blogging about politics in the regressive wormhole of the Trump presidency.  She lives with her husband, fiction writer Jack Brooks, and dogs Angelo, Paris, Malibu and Scherzo on six acres on the county line in northern Colorado.

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Why the Actions of #MeToo Women Are Unethical and Unconstitutional

Over the weekend of December 10 we saw on television the glee of women legislators who pressured Al Franken to resign over public accusations of sexual misconduct.

Today we hear more of the same–a vocal, angry blanket accusation of men that is costing them their jobs, their reputations, their families, their self-respect.

Not one allegation prompting CEO’s to fire any man who is the subject of said accusations has been part of a filing under the Violence Against Women Act of 2013, signed into law by Barack Obama and including the crimes of harassment and stalking.  This act contains provisions for special circumstances, such as accusers coming forward years after the fact.  A woman contacting an attorney to lodge formal complaints under this Act would be heard, and would be taken seriously.

The rule of law is the path to take in the United States of America, a democratic country underpinned by the Constitution, the document setting forth every American’s right to due process.

This law is a potent weapon for those who allege victimization of a sexual nature.  But instead of using the Constitutional mechanisms for redress that exist, the women of the #MeToo movement have managed to launch their smear campaign of “name and shame,” scaring CEO’s into firing men solely on unproven allegation.  These women think nothing of ruining an accused’s reputation, costing him his job, his professional stature, or the respect of his family and his community.

That this has happened to one man, let alone a dozen, is wrong.  It constitutes reverse perpetration outside the rule of law; it is unconstitutional on its face and it is dehumanizing.

Allegations are not facts.  Women on this bandwagon are not heroines and women coming forward like chirping baby parakeets are not brave. In public libeling, they are perpetrators, every bit as much as the men they accuse.  They call for vigilante justice on the order of lynching.

Allegations without proof used to not be printed in newspapers or aired on television; there was a healthy and just fear of “yellow” journalism of the kind that sensationalizes, slanders, conflates, and whose mission is to bring down someone in power.  \

#MeToo cries, “Name and Shame,” exhorting other women to libel, slander and psychologically abuse.

I know how it feels to be named and shamed, to be the target of demonization and of scapegoating. I know how it feels to be cold-bloodedly enraged enough to bring down a perpetrator.  What was done to me was outside the boundaries of the law and in several instances I have invoked my civil rights, only to incur the wrath of civil attorneys unacquainted with the legislation that protects me and my civil rights.

I have had the sense to resort to the rule of law rather than burning down someone’s house or hiring someone to have a given perpetrator shot in the back, or making it a career to ruin him for all time.  I have also at times named my perpetrators on this blog. Venting on one’s blog, a blog few read,  is one thing. Far more importantly, I believe that it is morally wrong to publically “out” men to punish them for unsubstantiated allegations, before a man can avail himself of the due process of law that is his birthright.

I believe that in naming and shaming men, women are becoming perpetrators and victimizers themselves.  To drive Al Franken out of Congress before he can undergo an ethics committee investigation is a moral crime at the very least.  The women who believe they are acting out of a de facto no tolerance policy are wrong.  You can’t make policy on the fly–not legitimate policy.

It is powerful women who are bringing down powerful men in a battle worthy of a Japanese Godzilla movie.  The animus felt by everyone in the country is not a good thing for any of us.  Yet this mess is being billed as “a turning of the tide, a pivotal moment in history.”

We have a small handful of men who have admitted they engaged in sexual misconduct.  One is the sitting president, caught on an Access Hollywood tape. Where is the #MeToo movement regarding this fact.  Where are the congressional women on this issue.  Where is the outrage, the hue and cry.

The appropriate thing to do is to file civil suit against alleged perpetrators under the Violence Against Women Act and other applicable laws.  That is what a rational woman does, rather than turning herself into a human screech owl, trying to conflate her ass being pinched with sexual abuse.

We are either a nation of laws or we are not. We either honor the Constitution and The Bill of Rights or we do not.  We educate ourselves on legal options or not.

Recently accused Harold Fort Jr has it right.  He is suing his perpetrator and his employer for firing him without cause.  The inevitable backlash has begun.