Rebecca Fariver's first poetry collection, Correct Animal, will be published by Octopus Books in July 2011. She has published poems in Denver Quarterly, 6x6, cold-drill and elsewhere. Farivar MFA '96 currently lives in Bonn, Germany.
Is bipartisanship dead in California? If it's alive, it is definitely on life support. Lopsided political districts, term limits and highly partisan primaries have combined to create a Legislature in which the two parties stare each other down like warring nations on either side of a disputed border.
Why would you waste a page of the magazine with an insipid poem like The Negatives on page 45? In addition, we were offended by the language! And please don't use "academic freedom" as an excuse! What happened to good judgment? Please remove us from the circulation list. S. J. Kukawka, Vista, CA
These words shouted at President Obama during a fall 2009 health care speech to Congress raised the hackles of legislators on both sides of the aisle and prompted a call for greater civility in our national political debate.
And for a while, it seemed like things were calming down.
For some time now our national discourse has grappled with the tone and intractability of sharply opposing worldviews. Pundits and legislators occupy hardened positions, lobbing insults and dire warnings across a razor-wired divide that seems too deep and treacherous to cross.
Some characterize this state of affairs as a culture war.
How does a musician know he or she is a musician? Here’s one gauge: musicians make music. Music has always been an important part of Saint Mary’s — from the Jazz Band to the all community choir to visiting groups performing in the Chapel. But new partnerships with the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra (CCCO) and the Diablo Wind Symphony (DWS) mean music-loving Gaels have assets any musician would welcome — more venues, more professional colleagues and more audiences.