H. L. Hix teaches in and directs the creative writing MFA at the University of Wyoming. His most recent poetry book, Chromatic, published by Etruscan Press, was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award, and he has published a number of other books of poetry, poetry in translation, and criticism.

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Two Poems by H.L. Hix


Sonnet composed of statements made by George W. Bush in September 2001

Our country will . . . not be cowed by terrorists,
by people who don’t share the same values we share.
Those responsible for these cowardly acts
hate our values; they hate what America stands for.
We can’t let terrorism dictate our course of action.
We’re a nation that has fabulous values:
as a nation of good folks, we’re going to hunt them down,
and we’re going to find them, and . . . bring them to justice.
Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
They’re flat evil. They have no justification.
There is universal support for what we intend.
Americans are asking: What is expected of us?
I ask you to live your lives, and hug your children.
Go back to work. Get down to Disney World.


Rondel supreme restating an argument from Osama bin Laden

Wherever we look, we see the US
as the leader of terrorism and crime.
If a Palestinian, if any Muslim
retaliates, they condemn and attack us.

Gerry Adams can visit the White House;
Ramzi Yousef, they imprison and condemn.
Wherever we look, we see the US
as the leader of terrorism and crime.

Who stations troops at all points of the compass?
Which country has dropped an atomic bomb?
Kabul, Baghdad: who occupies whom?
Who is desperate for whose resources?
Wherever we look, we see the US
as the leader of terrorism and crime.

[from the forthcoming book, God Bless]