“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” A Quick Feminist Critique

Prufrock’s laments his aging; “With a bald spot in the middle of my hair— / (They will say: “How his hair is growing thin!” (131). “I grow old . . . I grow old . . . / I shall wear the bottoms of my trowsers rolled.” And in white flannel trowsers (rolled, we may presume), he plans to “walk upon the beach.” He could lament being aged not by years, but by a life unrealized and crumbling; “drown[ing]” (135) and ending in fear (133). Perhaps Prufrock’s dysfunctional love letter is meant for his muses; those who fancy him a … Continue reading “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” A Quick Feminist Critique

Strivings of the Negro People

Reflection: Strivings of the Negro People      Du Bois’ 1897 essay for The Atlantic is a work of reflection upon his early life which proceeds into 1897, yet is relevant in our 21st Century. His succinct use of English to flesh out the psychological burdens he saw within his black struggle for equal rights interests  me (as a white man). His frankness in self-expression as “being a problem,” is in full bloom as he recollects when he was but “a little thing, away up in the hills of New England,” and his offer of a gift to “one girl, … Continue reading Strivings of the Negro People

U. S. Blues

“U.S. Blues” Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; used by permission Red and white/blue suede shoes I’m Uncle Sam /how do you do? Gimme five/I’m still alive Ain’t no luck/I learned to duck Check my pulse/it don’t change Stay seventy two/come shine or rain Wave the flag/pop the bag Rock the boat/skin the goat Wave that flag Wave it wide and high Summertime Done come and gone My oh my I’m Uncle Sam /that’s who I am Been hidin’ out/in a rock and roll band Shake the hand that shook the hand Of P.T. Barnum/and Charlie Chan Shine … Continue reading U. S. Blues