The 4 Hour Blues

(for Langston Hughes) We start work at 6, break at 8, go again till 10, then spread thin, straining hoom across the street, pay to park the horn in the barn. 4 plus 8 hours of bars: menus, bibs, gases, and books. We buy these blues, coughing up blue stained bills, so our blues may…

Bukowski for President! David Biespiel and Poets for Democracy

Pablo Neruda is perhaps the greatest example of a people’s poet, and he gained popularity through both his poetry and his public service. In the US, Langston Hughes was a people’s poet, writing in a vernacular that spoke to, for, and of democratic values. From his poem “Democracy” (1949): “Democracy will not come / Today, this…