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Rumsfeld - The Unknown

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, oh...okay the former Secretary of Defense, is an accomplished man. Not only is he worked on the war in Iraq, he has been a pilot, a congressman, an ambassador, a businessman, and a civil servant and he is also a poet.

Rumsfeld's poetry is paradoxical: It uses playful language to address the most somber subjects: war, terrorism, mortality. Much of it is about indirection and evasion: He never faces his subjects head on but weaves away, letting inversions and repetitions confuse and beguile. His work, with its dedication to the fractured rhythms of the plainspoken vernacular, is reminiscent of William Carlos Williams'. Some readers may find that Rumsfeld's gift for offhand, quotidian pronouncements is as entrancing as Frank O'Hara's.

Following is a poem from Rumsfeld- The Unknown

The Unknown

As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.

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