Ms. Olds, in a letter on the Web site of The Nation (thenation.com/doc/20051010/olds), said she found the invitation appealing. "But I could not face the idea of breaking bread with you," she wrote in a letter to Mrs. Bush. "I knew that if I sat down to eat with you, it would feel to me as if I were condoning what I see to be the wild, highhanded actions of the Bush administration. . . . So many Americans who had felt pride in our country now feel anguish and shame, for the current regime of blood, wounds and fire. I thought of the clean linens at your table, the shining knives and the flames of the candles, and I could not stomach it."My hat is off. Really. Although it may seem like a no-brainer to decline such an invitation, it's still a gutsy move. I found the statement about "breaking bread" particularly moving. And particularly so because we are talking about Sharon Olds, and this is a poet who does get right to the heart of the matter. Breaking bread. Condoning. Condoning. Yes, what we implicitly and explicitly support every day.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
This caught my eye in the NY Times today.
at 1:35 AM