Insisting on Happiness

Slow Down, Dr.’s orders, the bossy poet, insisting on happiness, however improbable. Our show today celebrates the imperative of happiness, with poetry of Mark Strand, Mary Oliver, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Louis Stevenson, e.e. cummings, W. B. Yeats, John Muir, Kabir, Rumi, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Thomas Lynch, Hart Crane, Robert Creeley, Fransisco Albanez, and yours truly, Profesor Mossberg, and more, reflecting on how poetry is a deux ex machina, to lift, heft, heave, hoist our flagging, sagging, weary and teary spirits, Dr. B’s Rx as we dutifully pursue happiness. It’s our job. Come now, slow down . . .

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