Monday, February 16, 2015

Our Final P3/Right to Die/Breeding for Truth/3 Cartoons/

This will be the final edition of Ed Coletti's P3.  It feels to me as though ten years or close to that is about enough and that this blog has run its course.  We live in an age of instant communication.  Facebook actually may do a better job of getting out the word.  I realize that the P3 and its archives live much longer than do  social media postings.  However, the popularity of blogging may be declining exponentially.  BUT, I will not give up blogging entirely! No Money In Poetry will continue to live!  NMIP serves a somewhat different function for a more specialized readership.  People who enjoy literature and writing, painting, sculpture, drama, and cinema should remain interested in reading it.  I will be able to get out NMIP more frequently, perhaps monthly or bimonthly.  If you already are receiving emails announcing NMIP editions, you'll continue to receive them.  If you are not being notified and wish to be, simply drop me an email at edcoletti(at)sbcglobal(dot)net.  Of course substitute an ampersand (@) for the "at" and a period (.) for the "dot."

 

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(P1) Philosophical


This wonderful letter appeared in the Jan. 28th issue of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and pretty much says it all for me. (This issue of People appeared prior to Brittany Maynard's brave move to die in Oregon.

Right to die

 
EDITOR: If you are reading this, you are going to die. Evidence for eternal life relies on faith. My solution to this truth is living. I live today to its fullest because this is the only life I know. 

Our wise, enlightened forefathers bequeathed us inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I submit that this includes the right to die. So many believe that we don’t have this right. We have no national religion nor church, only the constitutional right to practice our beliefs — or unbelief.

For those who warn of the slippery slope of mass suicides or mandatory euthanasia, I disagree. We mammals have an innate sense of survival. We humans persevere under the most horrific conditions. I want to live. I daresay that you do, too. But when we reach a point of insurmountable pain despite the best palliative care, or unremitting inconsolable depression, or have reached a state in our life that we know we are finished, why can’t we choose our demise without having to break the law or put loved ones who want to help us at risk?

Dear reader, I wish you a peaceful death surrounded by your loved ones. Let me go in peace, too.

CHRIS SORK
Santa Rosa

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(P2) Poetical



Breeding For Truth

by Ed Coletti



When as in a science fiction movie

or in a Wallace Stevens poem

hell, that all-defining inferno,  could

be extinguished and children might be

more apt to recognize their parents

as the frauds we all become when we sire

posing as thoroughbreds while, no more

than the nags the word “parenthood” demands,

we preen, prance and perform our dressage

(though only great money can bring this off)

poorly, transparently, and our words,

our advice to them, rumbles from

within an empty hogshead of sour sherry,

useless, undrunk, without any utility at all

except the confidence that children also

become parents and fail in each

particular the same way an odds-on

favorite stumbles, falls, and is shot.

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(P2) Political



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26 comments:

Lin Marie deVincent said...

Hi and Goodbye, Ed. It's been swell. Thank you for the years of enjoyable posts. I too appreciate art, poetry, comics, philosophy & politicks. Best wishes for the future. LMDV

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Batja Cates said...

Really enjoyed the posts, poems & art Ed. Don't usually have the luxury of reading but broke wrist.
You are my Silver Lining!
Batja Cates

Lynne Knight said...

I can see why you feel emotional!I'm not alone among those who will miss EC's P#, but I'm happy to hear that NMIP will continue to live!

Cheers,

Lynne

Larry Schug said...

Thank you for the enjoyment I've received while perusing P3. It has inspired me, un-corked my imagination, and helped me see the light in new interesting ways. It has entertained me. You can't ask for more. Good fortune in the future.

Larry Schug

Kathleen Coletti said...

Sounds like the right decision for you...can't believe it's been 10 years...I'm very impressed!
xo, k

Bob Fisher said...

Ed, you are a real jewel

Sara Byrnes said...

Hi Eddie,
I am one of your silent readers... always enjoy your perspective and willingness to share it. You are an inspiration!
Thanks,
Sara

David Madgalene said...

Ed,
listening to "MIlestones" by Miles Davis as I read this, and how
appropriate. Indeed a milestone!
I,too, for some peculiar reason feel a little misty-eyed...
but, I think is the right move, and frees you up for bigger and better
things.
I feel confident, too, that the P3 will live on, albeit archivally, in the
blogosphere, and am much pleased to know that NMIP will continue.
Excelsior!
Onward!
David

David Rollison said...

Thanks Ed, for keeping the spirit alive. RIP Phil Levine and the Spirit of Poetry.

Norman Ball said...

I don't know that I've seen a NMIP for a while Ed. Pls put me on the list. An end of an era. Ten years was a great run and I've enjoyed it for the short time I was along for the ride.

take care
norm ball

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Larry Carlin said...

Sweet.
Saying "farewell" in a very erudite fashion.
Let's get together soon.

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Chiara Coletti said...

Eddie, I note that last week Andrew Sullivan also gave up his blog. He said he'd done it for enough years, ore power to both of you.

Love,

Chiara

Charles Miller said...

Hi Ed,

I appreciate all your good efforts - keep me posted!

Charles

Mike Matthews said...

Hi Ed, congratulations on a great run, love, mikey

A. O. Black said...

Ed
Well it defeated me again, I tried to put up a comment, but it did not succeed.
So ad me to the NMIP if you would be so kind.
and on we go.
Annice

Lucille Friesen said...

Ed C at 70


Your first words to me were “I like
that yellow car.” You smiled and I,
greeted, slid through the back door
and into the Sonoma Poetry World.
I didn’t know you were one of its
grand daddies, a root of the tree.

There’s nothing to it, 70, you
will find that eating sushi and
watching the birds fly in and out
of your back garden are
even better, lighter, easier to
take with you down this road.

Your brand of poetry, your pictures
like dreams in technicolor and
your jazz heart will beat it’s way
through this decade with the sly
finesse of a Coltrane solo, reaching
always for that last far out note.

Lucille Friesen (King-Edwards)

Gayle Swift said...

Good morning,

Yes we live in interesting times. I am deeply touched by your final P3 and the synchrony of the right to die article.
I’ve happily read most of your posts but have been a poor responder and for that I am truly sorry.
I find I am not good at Facebook as well. Speaking of which, glad to hear that Sam is OK, and loved the picture.

There is something so fragile about being an artist, but what else can we do but create?
Much love to Ed Coletti.

Gayle

Valerie Larsen said...

Hi Ed,

Do you really feel that blogging will pass away? Just keep writing. Sounds almost silly to say that because you are a writer, so, you write. Thank you for all your sharing. and taking on difficult subjects.

Warmly,
Val

David Beckman said...

Hi Ed,

I'm scrambling around but home later this afternoon. The last P3 is a sad
and poignant moment. What you've given all of us over the years -- the
entire literary community and beyond -- has been a great gift.

Patti Antonaccio said...

whoa, breeding for truth, grabbed me. see you friday night xo
Patti Antonaccio

PD Dunagan said...

straight from da "empty hogshead of sour sherry" it's been grand to see da posts Ed, thanks!

Paul Stagnoli said...

Hi Ed!



Sorry to hear you are shutting down ECP3. I enjoyed hearing other viewpoints.



Regards,



Paul