The Renegade is a poem by Sam Hazo ’49, the author of numerous books of poetry, essays and fiction who was the founder and longtime director of the International Poetry Forum.
A close friend of mine, now in his mid-90s, wrote me a letter recently that contained this line: “Knowing is stifling; not knowing is creative.” He had been commenting on how people deal with their inevitable deaths. Some opted to live stoically, even penitentially. Others responded by creating a life in the time remaining. In some, knowledge of death’s certainty resulted in a kind of paralysis. For others, not knowing exactly when death would occur freed them to pursue alternatives that could be creative and fulfilling.…
“Poetry is what prose can only talk about,” a former colleague of mine mentioned to me once in passing. He was right then and now.
In 1999 I returned to Notre Dame for the 50-year reunion of the class of 1949. I had missed all previous class reunions for various reasons but decided it was important to come to this one. I might add that my wife, whose ardor for Notre Dame is second to none, may have had something to do with that.…
For the Time Being
A day will come when nothing
will matter but the day itself.
The essence of power, most Americans (and indeed most people throughout the world) would say, is strength. And the military might of a nation, they probably would concur, determines how powerful it is.
By this standard, most people regard the United States of America as the most powerful nation on earth for the simple reason that its military assets are second to none.…
One of the qualities that makes a statement unforgettable is that it has the originality of utterance. It seems to spring from necessity, like a scream or an oath, but it is more than that.