Dayenu

Dayenu – or The Eleventh Plague – an alternative reading for Passover 2020

 

i.                   If he had mocked only the differently-abled

And not also praised the “good people,” chanting Jew Will Not Replace Us

It would have been enough

 

ii.                 If he had dog-whistled hate-group-conspiracy-theorists suffering white-anxiety

And not also hyped birtherism, called black kids thugs, and their mothers “low-IQ”

It would have been enough

 

iii.                If he had pegged Warren- Pocahontas, Clinton- Nasty, Pelosi- a Sick Puppy

And not also dubbed immigrants ‘animals,” while separating families at the border, and putting

children in cages

It would have been enough

 

iv.                If he had stigmatized Mexicans as rapists

And not also molested Moriah, Mindy, Jill, Jessica, Cassandra, Jennifer, Natasha, Samantha,

Lisa, Rachel, Kristin, Cathy, Karen, Ninni, Summer, Stormy, and Temple

It would have been enough

 

v.                  If he had boasted of grabbing women by their genitals

And not also nominated a sex offender to the Supreme Court

It would have been enough

 

vi.                If he had packed the Judiciary with unqualified, NRA Hand-Picked incompetents

and given them lifetime tenure

And not also played Wayne Lapierre’s lap dog, letting the gun lobby curb his pledge for “very meaningful background checks” after multiple mass mall, and school shootings

It would have been enough

 

vii.               If he had defrauded students at Trump University, and misused charitable funds

for his own political gain

And not also offered a quid pro quo to a Ukrainian foreign government against an American

citizen for his own political gain, and then perjured himself for his own political gain

It would have been enough

 

viii.              If he had labeled lies “alternative facts” and every criticism “fake news” and termed

the Press the Enemy of the People

And not also paraphrased Minister of Propaganda Goebbels, “if you repeat a lie often enough, it

becomes accepted as truth”

It would have been enough

 

ix.                If he had mimicked Hitler’s strategy that “broad masses of a nation … more readily

fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies

but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods”

And not also praised Putin’s “82 percent approval rating,” called Kim a “smart cookie,” cozied

up to Crown Prince Salman, “very friendly” Duterte, “Big Daddy” Xi, and “my favorite dictator”

el-Sisi

It would have been enough

 

x.                  If he had turned his back on our traditional Canadian and South Korean friends

And not also threatened NATO’s 70-year alliance, and withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord

It would have been enough

 

xi.                If he denied global warming while gutting the EPA

And not also rolled back Obama-era laws limiting toxic emissions; allowed drilling on Native

Sacred Lands, repealed policies protecting wetlands, and defanged the Endangered Species Act

It would have been enough

 

xii.              If he had thrown paper towels, “these beautiful, soft towels. Very good towels,” to

hurricane-ravaged Puerto Ricans while withholding disaster relief funds

And not also cut the budget for CDC and dismantled the global health security team in charge of

Pandemic Preparedness Response in spring 2018

It would have been enough

 

xiii.             If he had compared Covid-19 to the common flu and insisted social distancing was a

hoax while continuing to push for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act

And not also crossed out Corona and called it the Chinese-virus

It would have been enough

 

xiv.             If he had said on national television “I don’t take responsibility at all,” and “one day

it’s like a miracle, it will disappear”

And not also continued to encourage Church gatherings on Easter Sunday, before finally

admitting in the same press conference on April 4th 2020, as I was writing this, that “there will be

a lot of death”

It would have been enough

We should have said enough

We could have cried enough

We did not do enough—

 

You may now all drink your second cup of wine

Richard Michelson, April 6, 2020

 

RICHARD MICHELSON received the 2017 National Jewish Book Award, and the 2018 Sydney Taylor Gold Medal from the Association of Jewish Libraries. His many books for children and adults have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker. His most recent poetry collection More Money than God (Pitt Poetry Series) was a finalist for the Paterson Prize. Michelson served two terms as Poet Laureate of Northampton MA where he hosts Northampton Poetry Radio.

www.RichardMichelson.com 

Mo Willems | You Are a Gift / Fancy Hotel Magazines | March 2020

Mo Willems’ 4th Annual Benefit Exhibit.  A portion of the proceeds from this exhibit will benefit the Shelter Sunday Coalition which provides essential services to those who are homeless and families in the Hampshire County Community

March 1 to March 29, 2020.

YOU ARE A GIFT

The struggles of the last year, it’s unkindness and pettiness, can obscure an important fact: living a generous life is a gift. I am reminded how lucky I am to be surrounded by good people. And you are one of them.

FANCY HOTEL MAGAZINES

Having spent a great deal of time in hotels this past year, I am acutely aware of the joys and comforts in knowing where I will spend the night. Consequently, proceeds to this 4th annual benefit exhibit will be donated to the Shelter Sunday Coalition.

View the exhibit here.

You Are a Gift, Marker, 6.75 x 4.5 in

Leonard Baskin, Sculptor:
A Retrospective
September-October 2019

Gallery talk Friday, September 13, 2019 6-8pm in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out.  Richard Michelson  and Hosea Baskin discuss Leonard Baskin’s sculpture and his career.  Talk begins at 7pm.

 

See the exhibit here

Idolatry, 24×14.5×14 in. wood, 1971-1972

Rebecca Leveille | Hugs & Kisses and the Room of Lies | June 1 – July 31, 2019

June 1 – July 31, 2019
Opening reception: June 14, 2019, 6-8pm
In conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out

Rebecca Leveille’s new works examine the concept of the “narrative envelope” as it relates to both communal myths and to personal experience. Her small works and large painted environments (paintings in the round) delve into the the subjectivity of both escapism and determinations of objective reality. Employing a vast array of the visual tools of narrative, figuration, and abstraction, she asks the viewer to at once surrender to and be critical of her provocations.

See the upcoming show here.

The Willing Suspension of Disbelief | April 26 – May 26, 2019

Now extended to May 26th!

April 26 – May 26, 2019
Opening reception: May 10, 2019, 6-8pm
In conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out

 

R. Michelson Galleries is pleased to present Linda Post: The Willing Suspension of Disbelief. This exhibition of large-scale oil paintings, saturated with dense color, reflects on narratives which delve into memories and dreams.  Linda’s work examines the nature of womanhood, the space within relationships and the conjunction of dreaming and waking states. By exploring imaginative land and seascapes, she creates a sense of uncertainty and mystery. Please join us for the Opening reception on Friday, May 10th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out). See more images of the show here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Didn’t Know How to Read But We Knew How To Live | April 15-May 6 2019

Literary works by Newly-Literate Grandmothers from Suncheon, South Korea
April 15-May 6, 2019
Reception: Friday April 26, 2019, 6-8pm
Speaking at the event will be Ms. Okhyeon Na, Director of the Suncheon Picture Book Library

These twenty grandmothers from Suncheon, Korea, did not learn to read and write as children because they were women, they were poor, and they were born in Korea in the early twentieth century. Through a program at the Suncheon Picture Book Library, they had the opportunity to learn much later in their lives and it has given them the ability to express their own life stories through writing and drawing. These Korean grandmothers, who went through life’s trials and tribulations, and survived the historical turmoil in South Korea, tell us their own stories in heart-warming and humorous ways. These are deeply personal stories that they can now write in their own words and pictures. These stories and pictures were compiled and published in a picture book which debuted at the Bologna Children’s Book Festival.

Read some of their stories here

Dog by Sun Jah Jung 9.5x7in crayon

Deborah Rubin | Cityscapes | April 2019

Deborah Rubin has been pushing the boundaries of photo-realism since the mid 1970’s with a focus on nature.  Her large-scale flower works made her one of the most sought-after floral painters in the country. “Cityscapes” is a bold new exhibition of urban landscapes. With their angular lines and flat planes, this series offers a sharp contrast to the organic curves of her well-known trees and flowers.

Please join R. Michelson galleries for the Opening Reception of Cityscapes on Friday, April 12th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out).

View gallery here.