My return from a joyful wedding celebration is perhaps the perfect time for an introduction to
haiku poet, Professor of Communications (Cal. State Univ., Sacramento) and personal relationship guide,
W. F. Owen. He has appeared in some of the very best haiku journals, garnered many awards, and tickled
my senryu soul for years. Our new Honored Guest considers himself a naturalist, humanist and humorist.
f/k/a is most pleased to begin presenting his work. Thank you, “Dr. Bill,” for generously sharing your poems.
Here’s a little romance-reality check, featuring the irony and humor that are Owen’s trademark.
seeing my old shirt
on her new husband
blushing as she reads
another argument unfolds the futon
(Red Moon Press, 2001) Credits: ”the personals”: Modern Haiku XXXI:3
“flea market”: Frogpond XXIII:3 (2000); “another argument”: bottle rocket 4
place cards –
the bachelor dines with aunts,
not bride’s maids
[Oct. 11, 2004]
Follow-up: Eric Rasmusen wonders whether Christian Libertarians would reject laws against infanticide. Prof.Grace believes that natural law trumps any libertarian license to “cull the human herd.” Our Prof. Yabut adds that “pure” libertarianism — if it is too inflexible to ban infanticide — cannot be taken seriously as a guide to governance. Ideologies are tools to assist thinking, discussion and decision-making, not straightjackets that imprison common sense and deny our common humanity [nor excuses to avoid taxation and social responsibility, or to beat one's intellectual chest]. Ideology should not be idolotry. [As we opine here, picking and choosing among ideologies to justify a political stance isn't intellectually satisfying or honest, either.]
Why does Prof. Bainbridge believe it’s inconsistent for John Kerry to both take advantage of existing tax breaks and seek to remove them because they are counterproductive or unfair? I would think that macho neo-cons and libertarians would consider it foolishly anti-American to eschew existing, lawful tax breaks. Politics and ideology seem to be the enemy of logic, objectivity, and evenhandedness.
The Boston Globe weighs in on “Defending the Defenders” (October 8, 2004), recommending starting fees of $60 per hour for indigent defense counsel, and asserting that this “is a matter of better defending people’s constitutional rights,” rather than about public safety or badly-behaving lawyers. We think it’s about all three.