AVENGED & Other Poems


by James L. Clark

This is a sixth book of poetry. Though not by design, all the books have had the element of time as a sort of anchor, perhaps because the writer is long-in-the-tooth. This volume has to do with a time-frame that might be called “Southward,” as in devolving downward (in jargon only) when applied to the U.S. culture, which is becoming cruder and more perverted in enhanced acceleration, its mores being shredded in warp speed. In the writer’s view, the nation, besides suffering under poor governance, is also experiencing a moral emergency, with the government aiding and abetting – if not causing – a societal decline. Religion (including religious practices…or malpractices) is also an important subject handled in this offering, not surprising since the writer’s faith is of utmost importance and not surprising since behaviors particularly condemned in scripture are virtually glorified under the rubric of political correctness, even in churches/denominations.

Also included are short vignette-like pictures in verse that tell a story, some of them from other eras of the nation's history. A number have to do with the threat of militant Islam, which is terrorizing huge populations of the world, particularly in the Middle East, Near East, and much of sub-Sahara Africa. In addition, the effort by the jihad movers and shakers to subvert especially the often disaffected young people in the U.S. has brought Islamic terrorism to this country, with murders of the unarmed vulnerable – just in the marketplace, for instance – increasing in number. By and large, this is a pronounced politically incorrect collection but so be it. It's meant to be. The writer hopes to at least provoke thought and prefers poems marked by rhyme and rhythm (discipline) rather than free verse.

AVENGED & Other Poems

ISBN 978-1-329-39970-9 (paperback)

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