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Bruce Scherer
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Attended Reed College
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With race & the struggle for identity on the national mind, my last post for this National Poetry Month 2015 - the funny & insightful "Wanda Why Aren't You Dead" by Wanda Coleman.
Anyone who clings to the tow rope of self as we climb - as circumstances and others flit and swirl around to make you change, which of course is everyone - can relate to "Wanda Why Aren't You Dead". This poem is already great, patters, vernacular, evocative of a variety of voices. With race riots in the news, again, with rage and hope fueling masses of people with demands for long overdue justice - many lines resonated with me. This ...
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Klamath Falls EA President: "my members pay the same dues as other members statewide, and we are not receiving the same benefits. How can OEA argue that it represents all of its members equally?"
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Strong testimony, Rhania. Thank you for pressing for what it right!
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Three years ago today, police cleared out the Occupy Portland site. My thoughts on why that fight continues to matter so much now.
Three years ago, Portland police forced the over five-week Occupy Portland camp spread across two parks to finally disperse. Some people chortled, but the effects of Occupy Portland and the Occupy Movement continue to be felt today. Our nation is better for it. Occupy Portland rally, October 6, 2011, Pioneer Square On October 6, 2011 the first Occupy Portland rally marched from Waterfront Park down NW Portland, down Broadway, and en...
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I thought "Black Widow" went "I'm a black widdle baby". Here I lament why there aren't more dance songs from baby perspectives. #IggyAzalea #RitaOra
"Black Widow" seems about 14 minutes long. But only recently did I discover the refrain is "I'm a black widow, baby." What I had been hearing was "I'm a black widdle baby." It had mystified me slightly why such a slinky, repetitive song was sung from the first person perspective of a little baby, let alone a specific skin color. Most pop songs are about grown-ups, common themes: "You do/did this to me", "I feel this way", "Let's do t...
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My latest post for National Poetry Month... #NPM15
"Persimmon" by Robert Rauschenberg (1964). Taken in the Art Institute of Chicago... by ME! The "male gaze" is an important concept. However, the phrase often diminishes the sense of power held by the person being gazed at. Beauty and social hierarchy has its privileges, and its nuisances. "The Once-Over" by Paul Blackburn from the late 1950s holds that sense nicely. "Stirring dull roots with spring rain" alludes to "The Waste Land" ...
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A look at graduate students who work as teaching assistants, on the verge of a strike against the University of Oregon, demanding paid leave for families and livable wages. #GTFFReadyToStrike
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Good stuff.
The Oregonian has run yet another dim witted education editorial demanding that the best things for our schools is more of the test-and-punish approach. That has not been shown to work anywhere, an...
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Dreamed this morning I was in the final gunfight in "Scarface". Yes, it was funnier than it sounds. And came about from watching a documentary about Gore Vidal. Yes, I'm doing okay.
This morning, I woke up after dreaming I was in the final scene of Brian DePalma's 'Scarface' as one of the rival druglord's henchmen in a violent gunfight with coked-up Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino). The garish interior of Montana's mansion was all around. Fountain in the atrium with a generic statue of women holding a globe with "The World Is Yours" in neon. While stressful, I was able to crawl on the floor and avoid Montana's ...
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"Put a little about yourself here so people know they've found the correct Bruce."

Good tip, Google.

I am seldom incorrect, but usually eager to be proven wrong. So, I am the often-correct Bruce.
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  • University of Oregon Honors College
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