Thursday, 19 July 2012

An American Farmer's Lament by Jovi Radtke


  1. I love the production values here. Some rather forced rhymes, but you'd be a fool not to listen to the sentiment; I tried to touch on the movement from rural to urban economies in our family histories in 'Line' (read p.25 of IMPpress, online ezine volume 3 at or
    It's great that poetry can be used as protest. My favourite line was 'We continue to plant pumpkins in a land of chocolate bars' (round about 4.05ish). Nice spot; good post: what's your take on it?

  2. Well, it's dogma, and it works as dogma, but I think it works as poetry as well.

    I think the highlight of the poem is the statistic about how many agricultural workers there used to be and how many there are now. The whole piece revolves around this fact.