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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Are These William Carlos Williams Poems or Ross Mirkarimi Ethics Hearing Excerpts?

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

click to enlarge Mirkarimi's ethics hearing is poetic
  • Mirkarimi's ethics hearing is poetic
Here's a game. Are the following chunks of words William Carlos Williams poems or evidence in the Ross Mirkarimi Ethics Commission hearing?

1) So much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white

2) I cannot.
And neither can he.
You have to reject
Ivory's actions.
We both
I cannot involve
new people.

3) So different, this man
And this woman:
A stream flowing
In a field.

4) I have to be
very smart to protect
(my son) and myself.
I always believe in
my instinct.
And now I would like to
run away.

5) I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold


Time's up. Here are the answers:

1) William Carlos Williams poem: The Red Wheelbarrow, 1923.

2) Evidence in Ross Mirkarimi Ethics Commission hearing: Mirkarimi's text message in response to his wife Eliana Lopez texting him, "You have to call [outgoing Sheriff Michael Hennessey] and stop this before something happen. Ivory is giving the investigators everything. Use your power." The exchange, released by Mirkarimi's attorneys and published in the Chronicle, helps counter Mayor Ed Lee's charge that Mirkarimi sought to foil the investigation into the couple's New Year's Eve domestic dispute, which left a bruise on her arm and a false imprisonment conviction on his rap sheet.

3) William Carlos Williams poem: Marriage, 1916.

4) Evidence in Ross Mirkarimi Ethics Commission hearing: Lopez's email to neighbor Ivory Madison when Madison advised her to call the police. The Chron reported that Lopez then had a 40-minute phone conversation with Linnette Peralta Haynes, Mirkarimi's campaign manager. Half an hour after the talk, Lopez texted Madison, "I'm not going to call the police. I'm going to open a record with my doctor." Madison called the police about a minute later, although she says that she hadn't seen the message at that point.

The phone records also show that Haynes called Lopez soon after leaning that Madison called the police, according to the Chron (Haynes' lawyer has claimed that it was Lopez who made the call). This is the conversation where, Madison alleges, Haynes asked her to call off the cops. Mirkarimi's legal team notes that there had been no cell phone calls between the him and Haynes over the two previous days, suggesting that Hayes was not acting on Mirkarimi's behalf.

5) William Carlos Williams poem: This Is Just To Say, 1934.

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