Corn-Pone ‘Pinions (Political Poems, Essays and Cartoons) by David Mook, and featuring Art by Tom O’Brien — an exploration of racism, poverty, and violence in America.
What do I – an extremely fortunate, old, white guy – know of these horrors that other people face daily? Admittedly, not much. Eco-Philosopher David Abram asserts that the three biggest threats to humanity and the planet are “war, greed, and indifference.” The first two confirmed that my subject matter was on target, but the third hit me like a sucker punch. I have been living comfortably indifferent, swaddled in white privilege, indifferent to racism in all its forms, indifferent to unprecedented greed and poverty, indifferent to all of our foreign perma-wars; yes, largely indifferent to all of these serious threats to the kind of society and planet I want for my grandchildren and for their children. This book is my attempt to counter the indifference that could cheat future generations out of a quality of life that we enjoy and that they deserve.
The title is from Mark Twain’s essay “Corn-pone Opinions.” Twain’s one hundred-year-old political analysis is uncannily accurate in describing the current political debate: “We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking.” Now more than ever, we need to have serious conversations on these issues, and I hope this book can be a catalyst for those discussions.
Several pieces feature presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (pages 43, 47, 49).
I am a Vermont author (MFA in Writing from Vermont College) and part-time writing instructor at Castleton University. Please contact me if you are interested in making Corn-Pone ‘Pinions available to your patrons and/or holding an author event.
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