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Winter 2016

Welcome to the Winter 2016 issue of Word Worth® Magazine. Our Editorial  is Religious Freedom and Cults by Anna Seymour; our Column is Snow in Moderate Climates by Marien Helz. In the Arts section, we have the poem Snow-Bound —rediscovering John Greenleaf Whittier.

Enjoy the issue!

Spring 2016

Editorial  — Bathroom Laws

Word Worth® has never been interested in the transgender question and hasn’t written about it. Then here come the bathroom legislators forcing us to. Wow! What a hang-up! All a rapist or pedophile has to do in bathroom law states now is claim that he was born a woman and has to use the women’s bathroom. Way to go! bringing the wolves into the lambs fold.

Column   — Discipline or Bullying

The sadism on the part of the principal and her assistant is shockingly abhorrent. Again and again, they torment the five-year-old telling him that he’s getting a spanking as they bring out a huge wood paddle, and the traumatized child screams begging them not to spank him and crying to his helpless mother to stop them. He puts his tiny hand behind him trying to block the paddle from his backside.

Arts   — Aurelia on Banjo

Summer 2016

Editorial  — If You Want to Make the World Better

To dismiss EFFORT with an arrogant, self-pitying “oh, poor me, I feel so bad about the people killed, I am the only one affected by this, I get to lash out and call people idiots” is to wallow in self aggrandizement at the expense of doing the tedious job of actually changing the world for the better. It’s to accept that it’s okay that 20 little children were brutally murdered in their classroom.

Column   — Driving Jeffrey

“HORSES! DON’T! BRUSH! TEETH!”

Arts   —

William Blake (1757-1827) can be considered the first protest poet in his writing about social injustices existing in his time. The Chimney Sweeper chronicles the plight of boys whose families couldnt or wouldnt support them. London mentions chimney sweepers, but decries more the plight of abandoned girls whose horrid fate is prostitution.

Although we consider these to be sad social conditions existing only centuries ago, the article below these poems show that Blakes concerns need to be echoed today.

Fall 2016
Fall 2016 issue of Word Worth® Magazine

Editorial  — 20/20 Hindsight

There has been a glut of Monday morning quarter-backing the 2016 election. The worst thing is that Clinton won indisputably. One clear mistake that we see, however, is celebrating the first woman president—even if she came to occupy that office. If all we need is a woman president, Sarah Palin and Carly Fiorina—two of the most intellectually challenged people in the country—will be glad to step up.

Column   — Whatever Happened to “Thank You”?

The substitutes for the term “Thank You” that are taking over, just won’t do.

Arts   —

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Ezra Pound is said to have advised that if a poet is going to rhyme, they have to rhyme better than Pope, and since no one can do that, they mustn't rhyme.

In fact, poets can rhyme if they follow the instructions of Pope in Essay on Criticism from which the selection below is taken. Rhymes must never be expected, obvious, labored, strained, boring, or simplistic. If someone is not going to bother doing the work to make a rhyme perfect, they are a versifier, not a poet.

 

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Publisher: Aurora Artisans®, LLC       Editor: M. H. Perry    Associate Editor: · Aurelia Perry
Contributors: Marien Helz
· Aurelia Perry · Susan Johnson · Banwell Goddard · David Clark · Tiffany M. Stuck · Wayne Johnson · Alastair Reid · Pei-Hua Chiang  · Ilina Sen [Rita Banerji] · Ruth Hitchings · Darin Boville · Ron Colgrove · Carl Dennis · Renee Oubre · Carolyn Scott Panzica · K Srinivasan · Charles Miess · Aurelia Perry · Cam Adams · Michelle M Mayer · Gary Earl Ross · Cheryl Rofer · Charles Bartolotta · Joy Walsh · Kevin H. Siepel · John T. Baker · Tambourine Gray · Harvey Kaye · Nettie Veling · Graceann Macleod · Anna Seymour · Kateri van Huystee · Kevin Roe · Beverly Roe · Dave Trageser · Susanne Woyciechowicz · Nancy Palmer Miess · Jean Katter · Leslie Marks · Britta Monaco · Nick Monaco · Malka Davis · Howard Miller · Christian Belz · Christopher Wittman · Linda Cross · Bruce Berger ·  Barbara DuBois · James Francis Cahillane · Cathy Crenshaw Doheny · Ross M. Hall · Bonnie Fields · Philip K. Edwards · Helen Peppe · Elizabeth Morana · Jennifer Campbell · Helen Peppe · Elaine Greensmith Jordan · Marie O'Donnell · Robert Coats · Sean Flury · Joshua DeMont · Lisa Wiley · Shaun Bellavia · Dr. Sheenu Srinivasan · Charlie Callan · Judith Washington · Sunny Woods · Hannah French· Joel Hooks · Brian Michael Norris ·  Eryn Leedale-Merwart  ·  Michael J. Cahill ·  Samantha Greiner  · Tiffany M. Perry · Amy Conley · Vira Katolik · David Kiphuth · Shelby List · Susan Coburn

Distinguished Selections:  Hale Chatfield ·  Armin W. Helz ·  Rabindranath Tagore ·  Herman Melville ·  William Shakespeare ·  E. A. Robinson ·  Mark L Kaufman ·  Edward Fitzgerald ·  William  Wordsworth ·  William Blake ·  John Greenleaf Whittier ·  Alexander Pope ·
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