The A1 Verse: Joe Manchin’s gift of gob

By Thomas Gaulkin | March 28, 2022

(Image credits: DonkeyHotey, Peabody Energy, David Maiolo, Ed Hawkins)

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 March 28, 2022.

We suspect it’ll occur again.


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(from the original by Christopher Flavelle, Julie Tate and Erin Schaff)

On a hilltop looms a smokestack.
    (A dying Appalachian
Power rose through the single figure,
    shaping the nation
interwoven with his gob
    at key moments.)
to benefit the urge.


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