The A1 Verse: Not very fine and not very mine

By Thomas Gaulkin | November 22, 2021

(Bulletin illustration; Fairphone / Flickr CC-BY-SA)

Every so often, a story published on the front page of the New York Times is so well written, meaningful, and appropriate to the Bulletin’s concerns that small snippets of it, properly chosen and arranged, produce something more than journalism, something that approaches … poetry. That blessed coincidence occurred November 22, 2021.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


How U.S. Lost a Clean Energy Treasure to China

(from the original by Eric Lipton and Dionne Searcey)

Saw it coming
nothing to stop it
helplessly took one of mine

Struck by the giant
no grip on the global
weaning the world off mine

Begged generations
hundreds of millions
to mine the mine of mine


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