On the day, 28 June 2004, on which Iraq was ‘handed over’ and on which the US Supreme Court invoked Magna Carta in a ruling against the legality of Camp X-Ray, I read the obituary of an American poet, Carl Rakosi, who, had he lived, would have been a hundred and one years old later this year, on November 6th. One of his poems, from his Americana series, is called The Blank Page:
What’s the matter?
Have you nothing
to say about America?
Do you not dare be
Medium, message, POSIWID in sixteen words and three question marks. Isn’t it great to be alive?