In addition to being a diplomat, Maxwell is an aspiring poet who participated in National Poetry Writing Month, in which participants attempt to write a poem a day for a month straight. He chronicled his efforts on his blog, and Diplopundit selected one of his works, “Invitation,” as particularly compelling.
It begins: “The Queen’s Henchmen / request the pleasure of your company / at a Lynching — to be held / at 23rd and C Streets NW / on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 / just past sunset.”
Interesting. Not that poems should be read literally, but that is the address of State Department headquarters, and Maxwell and three others were placed on leave Dec. 18.
The poem is grim, with the lynching described as “A blood sacrifice — / to divert the hounds — / to appease the gods — / to cleanse our filth and / satisfy our guilty consciences.”
But there’s a moment of levity, when the event is described as being “B.Y.O.B. / Refreshments will not be served / because of the continuing resolution.”
Clearly he’s well versed.
Friends no more
Hollywood has its share of high-profile breakups. Here’s the Washington version: It’s all over between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and former senator Pete Domenici.
Reid (D-Nev.) dropped word of the rift in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, saying he soured on Domenici (R-N.M.) after news broke that his former pal and longtime colleague had fathered a child 35 years ago with Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of then-Sen. Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.), when he was 46 and she was 24.
Reid said he turned down a meeting request by Domenici, with whom he served for more than two decades. Apparently he’s so upset he can barely bring himself to utter the man’s name. “I don’t mention Domenici’s name anymore because of what he did to Michelle Laxalt,” he told the paper.
But Domenici still hopes to reconcile, he told the Albuquerque Journal. “Harry has been a longtime friend,” he said. “I’m sorry for what happened 35 years ago, and I look forward to any opportunity to talk with him about these matters.”
The IT department
Chatter is that the White House is bringing in some high-powered legal talent to beef up its technology shop.
We’re told that Twitter’s legal director, Nicole Wong, who had been vice president and deputy general counsel at Google, is to be named senior adviser to White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park focusing on Internet privacy and cybersecurity issues.
The expected move, noted Tuesday by CNet, would fill a new position as the White House works on cyberthreats.