"Fact & Fiction" by Norman Rockwell‘Fake News’ and Other Poetry by Bruce Dale Wise The Society January 10, 2017 News of Note, Poetry 6 Comments Fake News By Caud Sewer Bile Fake news is rather difficult to say just what it is. What’s fake to listeners could be what’s true to someone else. And no news outlet can be free from slanting what they find, and crafting articles that seem to fit their point of blind. Fake news is rather like the news that someone else describes, and doesn’t fit within the mindset of one’s local tribes; for it is very hard to write about reality; and truth is very hard to get from one’s locality. All news is rather odd that way in that what one receives can only matter to someone if it’s what one believes. In the Final Act By Cawb Edius Reel Just one day after famous daughter Carrie Fisher died, her mother Debbie Reynolds also passed away in stride. Perhaps it was too onerous for her to take the loss; to lose one’s child before one dies is a hard road to cross. Unsinkable, though Molly Brown upon the screen could be, when lovely Princess Leia left, the force left presently; and Tammy list’ning to the whisp’ring cottonwoods above, perhaps was overwhelmed by all the hardships borne of love. A heart attack, and then a stroke, no singing in the rain, oh, help me, Obi Wan Kenobi, there is only pain. Bruce Dale Wise is a poet living in Washington State. He often writes under anagrammatic pseudonyms. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 6 Responses Michael Dashiell January 11, 2017 With freedom of the press and news before the printing press was invented, some news is bound to be fake as deliberate deception or mere hearsay. From newsstand tabloids to social media to the freedom and scope of the Internet, little can be practically controlled. Breaking news can already be broken news. Reply Debbie Johnson January 11, 2017 These are both well written with strong rhymes. It seems anymore all news is somewhat contrived in that the stories reflect the opinions of the media reporting. “Just plain news” is rare these days. The second poem is certainly a tragic story. Keep writing. Reply Blake Elliott January 12, 2017 The fake news one was really fun. It was neutral while still being insightful. Now let me think of some constructive criticism. I wish some of the rhymes were like chimes: where they resound at the right times. It would’ve made it sound better. It wasn’t bad, and it can be tricky to pull off good rhyming in free-verse or in prose (I’ve personally written cringe worthy stuff), but that’s my hopefully helpful bit of advice, though it is a minor thing. The second piece had very well executed rhymes, but I liked the news one better, because I’m political. Isn’t this kind of writing a good way of blowing off steam from news and politics? They were pleasing, so please write more. Reply Bruce Dale Wise January 13, 2017 Michael, Nicely put: “Breaking news can already be broken.” Debbie, You are right, “Just plain news” is rare these days. I know it is an impossibility, but I like it more when journalists strive to achieve a truth-laden reportage. The tragedy of “In the Final Act” is all the more poignant, because of the contrast of their screen characters, which brought them fame, to the conclusion of their lives. Achilles, in the underworld, pointed out, in Homer’s “Iliad,” life is superior to fame. Blake, You are right. I tried to be “neutral while still being insightful.” Even though you probably dislike the slant rhyme of the first couplet, I liked how it added to the dull, prosaic, abstract quality I was striving for. But the second couplet’s rhyme hits unexpectedly with “blind” where one would expect “view.” Of course, though the other rhymes are exact, they belong to the opening attitude. I do enjoy your critiques; it gives an author a chance to explain the reasons he or she uses a particular technique. Of the two poems, I liked the second poem because of its iconic imagery. Reply Nalwil Aes March 3, 2018 Fake News travels. In loud whispered tones. Anyone with a radar sense knows where it hides. The best clue might be that when there is real fake news it probably is delivered in packages which contain those words; “fake news”. Reply Lew Icarus Bede March 3, 2017 Now that the news cycle on the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is over, it is works like this tennos that will remain; but I imagine it too will be mostly incomprehensible in the future. How can one make something that will endure? or can one? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.