Category Archives: Bates (Scott)

Fighting Back against the Program

In this Scott Bates parable, one can get pushed around only so much before turning to rebellion.

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Whitman’s Blast of Green Grace

Scott Bates’ homage to Walt Whitman tells of amorous encounters from the grass’s point of view.

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Keeping Environmental Hope Alive

In the face of horrific environmental devastation, Scott Bates dreams of “the jungle above the sun.”

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In Praise of Light Summer Reading

This Scott Bates imagines a nightingale relaxing into summer reading.

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Viagra and the Drums of War

Scott Bates’ “Viagra” offers up an explanation as to why America’s war hawks won’t go away, even after they bungled so badly.

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Paradise Lost (Scott Bates’ Mole Version)

Scott Bates’ animal fable about an epic mole parodies “Paradise Lost” and provides a skeptical look at poetry and religion.

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Poems Celebrating My Birth

My father celebrated my entrance into the world with two poems, one serious, one not.

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My Father Moved through Dooms of War

My father’s recollections of the D Day beaches influenced his poetry.

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Libertarian Conmen Want Your Fatted Calf

This Scott Bates poem captures the swagger of those who con their fellow Americans while trumpeting free enterprise and bootstrapism.

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Mother Goose’s Ecological Warnings

Scott Bates’ variation of familiar Mother Goose rhymes warn us of environmental devastation.

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Christmas Bird Count from Santa’s Sleigh

This joyous Scott Bates birdwatching poem imagines Santa’s Blitzen involved in Audubon’s annual tally.

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Letters from Mrs. Santa Claus

Two Scott Bates Christmas poems show Santa on the move, thanks to the melting of the polar ice caps.

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The True Meaning of the Holy-Days

The seabird in this Scott Bates poem captures the true meaning of the holidays.

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If Oz Became Modern Day America

This Scott Bates poem revisits the Land of Oz and finds that modern America has broken out.

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Two Parables Involving Falling Leaves

Scott Bates and Lucille Clifton find poetic lessons in falling leaves.

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Trippin’ Out and Dreamin’ of Utopia

This psychedelic Scott Bates poem, written in 1970, dreams of a better world.

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My Father Moved through Dooms of Love

At my father’s memorial service, we read poems by e.e. cummings, Shakespeare, Jacques Prévert, and my father himself.

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Farewell to the Boy with the Golden Crown

Yesterday at my father’s memorial service I read ones of his poems about the recurrent cycle of life.

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My Father’s Love Song to Phoebe

For my mother’s birthday, I post a love poem written to her by my late father 67 years ago.

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The Killer Always Comes Back

This Scott Bates poem explores the dark side of those Americans that are drawn to guns and gun violence.

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In Praise of Irreverent Squirrels

This Scott Bates poem about autumn also captures his irreverence for authority.

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Ballad of a Nun, a Bordello, and Mary

Scott Bates’ “Ballad of Thoughtful Love” retells a medieval fable about a nun-turned-whore who is saved by the Virgin Mary.

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What Light Verse Meant to Scott Bates

My father used light verse to stay optimistic in the face of a grim reality.

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Moving through Death’s Doorway

My father’s poem about Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl” is comforting me as he slides towards death.

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Fable of the Rose and the Vine

This Scott Bates fable sings the praises of individual vision.

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Getting Lost in One’s Research

A fanatical scholar loses himself–literally–in his research.

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Memories of Summer Hiking in France

This summer poem by Scott Bates brings back childhood memories of hiking in the hills around the Mediterranean.

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The Transcendental Meaning of Pizza

Scott Bates describes the sacramental dimensions of devouring pizza.

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Poets Unacknowledged Legislators? Maybe

A debate on whether poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

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Lesson of War: Fear + Fear = Hate

Two Scott Bates poems get at the dark days in America following World War II.

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A Sleepy Bird Dog Ballad

Here’s a fun poem about a sleepy hunting dog, written many years ago by Scott Bates in the regional dialect tradition.

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