Family, Feelings, Play, Politics, and Holy War

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AuthorHouse, Mar 18, 2005 - Poetry - 196 pages
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Jack Cargill has selected these poems from hundreds written mostly since 1993, and has grouped them roughly under several themes. The opening section includes meditations on family and home (Texas) – generational relations, deaths, living in “exile”. A catch-all “Feelings and Observations” section offers poems on social phenomena, nature, friendships, movies, music, and various other topics. A series of whimsical and humorous poems follows. The final section – “Politics, War, Religion, and Fatal Combinations Thereof” – presents Cargill’s reactions to the brutalities of the contemporary American economy and society, and to a world increasingly gone mad. Sanctimonious abuses of power and murderous invocations of religion draw his special ire, and sometimes his mordantly humorous contempt.

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About the author (2005)

Jack Cargill grew up in Texas, earned his Ph.D. at the University of California (Berkeley), and has been on the History Department faculty at Rutgers University in New Jersey since 1981. He is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles in the field of Ancient History. In recent years he has revived an earlier love for poetry and creative writing, and in 2004 he published a “novelized” historical study (Mercenary of the Gods, Regina Books, P.O. Box 280, Claremont, CA 91711). He has also published collections of poems in scholarly journals and individual poems in a variety of regional periodicals. He is the convener of Writers Anonymous-NJ and a regular participant in the Raritan Poets and other literary groups.

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