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"...Why Plan; when we stop?"

This lyric is attributed to Robert Lowell from his "Endings (For Harriet Winslow.)" Lowell was an American poet born in 1917. After first being rejected by the American military at the outset of World War II, Lowell was drafted in 1943 and eventually deserted after the Allied firebombing of Dresden. Lowell claimed he was a conscientious objector, but served time in prison for his actions. Many of his poems dealt with the subject of war and soldiers, and he later became an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and nuclear proliferation.

"...When you can squawk and wait for word from above
And change yourself into something you love."

Attributed to David O'Meara, this lyric is drawn from "The War Against Television" a poem which appeared in 1999's "Storm Still." The title of the book is taken from one of Gord's former favourite sources of reference: Shakespeare.

This from a now defunct literary review site: "Storm Still is the infamous stage direction in "King Lear" during the scenes of Lear's descent into madness on the heath. The title captures the essentially romantic, tragic, and ironic tone of O'Meara's collection as well as its peculiarly Canadian sensibility (this is the land of the Ice Storm). Employing predominantly free verse, O'Meara also uses traditional forms and is particularly adept in his handling of the sonnet. The use of language is highly conscientious and there is an aggressive questing after the right vocabulary and image: the result is many successes, though at other times the strain is too evident and some lines and poems are overwritten."