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Eugene J. McCarthy: Selected Poems Library Binding – January 1, 1997


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  • Library Binding: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Oak Press; 1st edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883477158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883477158
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,466,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eugene J. McCarthy, author of nearly 30 books on such diverse topics as poetry, humor, non-science fiction (economics) and children's books for Certified Public Accountants represented Minnesota in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for more than two decades.

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In 1948 Eugene McCarthy was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served five terms. He was the first congressman to publicly challenge the vicious antiCommunist attacks of Senator Joseph McCarthy and was instrumental in the creation of the Democratic Study Group, which set forth a liberal program of action for the Democratic Party. McCarthy was a member of the famed "Class of 1958," one of 13 liberal Democrats who defeated incumbent Republicans in that year. He ran against President Lyndon Johnson in the 1969 election as an antiwar candidate, and his campaign mobilized thousands of young people across the nation, changing the face of presidential campaigns, and the Democratic Party forever.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sarvai on March 8, 2006
Format: Library Binding
Eugene McCarthy went to Lyndon Johnson's ranch and refused

to shoot one of the tame deer Johnson kept as hunting stock.

Perhaps that was a factor in Humphrey's being selected

rather than McCarthy as LBJ's running mate.

McCarthy spent some time in a monastery as a young man

before he entered public life.

His antiwar position galvanized the nation and caused the

withdrawal of Lyndon Johnson from the presidential race.

There is never an excess word in McCarthy's brilliant

and compassionate poetry.

THE DEATH OF THE OLD PLYMOUTH ROCK HEN

-by Senator Eugene McCarthy-

It was tragic when her time came

After a lifetime of laying brown eggs

Among the white of leghorns.

Now, unattractive to the rooster,

Laying no more eggs,

Faking it on other hens' nests,

Caught in the act,

Taken to the woodpile

In the winter of execution.

A quick stroke of the axe,

One first and last upward cast

Of eyes that in life

Had looked only down,

Scanning the ground for seeds and worms

And for the shadow of the hawk.

Now those eyes are covered

By yellow lids,

Closing from the bottom up.

Decapitated, she did not act

Like a chicken with its head cut off.

No pirouettes, no somersaults,

No last indignity.

Like an English queen, she died.

On wings that had never known flight.

She flew, straight into the woodpile,

And there beat out slow death

While her curdled voice ran out in blood.
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