Political Poems By John Haines

Here’s a link to several political poems by John Haines (including one about Kent State, 1970), whose work has more than a little of Robinson Jeffers’ perspective. And here are the opening lines to one of the poems, “Notes on the Capitalist Persuasion”:


“Everything is connected to everything . . .”

So runs the executive saw,

cutting both ways

on the theme of all improvement:

Your string is my string

when I pull it my way.

In my detachment is your dependency.


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