Potomac Journal

A Journal of Poetry and Politics

"When power corrupts, poetry cleanses." - John F. Kennedy

What other publication focuses on poetry and politics? - No Other

The Potomac was determined to become a nonesuch literary review.

  • No true review in Washington D.C. would be complete without politics.
  • Their editorial policy is apolitical.
  • They don't dichotomize issues into left or right, they are more in favor of right or wrong.

For Example...

They know that the tax-and-spend system of government is incredibly corrupt, and realize that campaign finance reform on all levels is necessary to restore true democracy.

They are trying to spread the word about it.

"I am...here amid all this huge mess of traitors, loafers, hospitals, axe-grinders, & incompetencies & officials that goes by the name of Washington." - Walt Whitman

On the Literary Side...

They publish a

  • Mix of poetry
  • Prose poems
  • Quictions (quick + fictions) from numerous authors around the nation.

And from time to time they provide book and art reviews.


Poem 1: "A Kudo for Mr. Death"

Jacqueline Jules

Mr. Death, you have mellowed me.
Once, an e-mail mistake
would have stiffened and crumbled me,
like a stale chocolate cookie.

But today, with your generous help,
I'm as spongy as fresh bread,
juicy as a ripe cantaloupe,
knowing there are worse things
than forwarding a personal comment
to the wrong person.

Unfortunate mistake, but not as unfortunate

as you, Mr. Death. You've done
far more damage to my life than
a few days of office embarrassment.

Take the single kudo, Mr. Death,
but lose the smug grin.
Your inbox is still jammed
with complaints.


The beginning of the poem is similar to how we complain, stress out over the smallest problems.

Our life will take a new turns that is filled with new outlooks.

The narrator of this poem has recently had a run in with death and then they learned to appreciate life more.

Big problems seem small when compared to death.

Poem 2: "The Daily News: Rot in Hell"

Andres Castro

We, the people, are celebrating in the streets.
After nearly ten years, after the wars—
the million deaths and casualties of all sides,
after placing soldiers holding M-16's
in Grand Central Station, after cutting U.S.
civil servant jobs and raising costs on necessities,
after losing the moral authority of America
in the eyes of nearly every country in the world,
after gasoline prices are higher than ever
and corporations own us, after The Haters
have exponentially multiplied from the handful
that planned and financed the changing of the world
(the actual mass murderers died on 9/11),
the President gave an order that ultimately
put a bullet over the left eye of Osama Bin Laden—
done by a handful of Navy Seals that received
no casualties. Hear the spinning USA! USA! Winning


It is talking about 9/11

It is talking about how America finally has a reason to be happy after so many years of struggling; they killed a big terrorist who has jeopardized America's safety for a long time.

"I felt very bad in Washington...I didn't like my job, and I didn't know what was going to happen to me, and I was cold and half-hungry, so I wrote a great many poems." - Langston Hughes

Work Cited:

"A Call to Occupy." The Potomac. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2013.

"The Potomac — Andres Castro." The Potomac — Andres Castro. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2013.

"The Potomac — About." The Potomac — About. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2013.

"The Potomac — Damon McLaughlin." The Potomac — Damon McLaughlin. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2013.

"The Potomac — Jacqueline Jules." The Potomac — Jacqueline Jules. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Jan. 2013.