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Be True, Bonus Episode: "Prophesy II, Chapter 3"

John reads from his work-in-progress about the resurgence of old, male, monied American power.

John reads from his work-in-progress about the resurgence of old, male, monied American power.

The age of Aquarius is a footnote
to our defeat, the hearts and minds
of a timid people afraid to doubt 
too long in mournful night, afraid
to be judged before the next battle, 
always girding to avoid the struggle 
of darkness and light, the lonely
soul in mournful night, the calling
cry a wail, then a muster.

They choose 
the slaughter
of innocents
to a levelling. 

They chose power.

My people prefer the waste of war.

John Tessitore has been a journalist and biographer. He has taught history and literature at colleges around Boston and directed national policy studies on education and civil justice. He serves as Co-Editor Across the Pond for The Wee Sparrow Poetry Press. His poems have appeared in a variety of books and journals. In each episode of Be True, he reads and discusses one of his published poems.

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Be True
In each episode, John Tessitore reads a poem he has published, and tells the story behind the poem. John has been a newspaper reporter, a magazine writer, a college lecturer, and a biographer. He has directed national policy studies on education and cultural policy, and serves as Co-Editor Across the Pond for The Wee Sparrow Poetry Press. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals and he has published seven chapbooks and a novella available at www.johntessitore.com.