Limousine, Midnight Blue: Fifty Frames from the Zapruder Film  is a sequence of fifty 14-line poems. It uses that famous and appalling film of President Kennedy’s death as a prism through which to view America and the world. Refracted rays touch on crime and punishment; guilt and responsibility; charisma and love; the dying victim’s experience during the stretched-out seconds of his violation and death; and the dark world of war profiteering, narco-traffic, and deceit where the facts of power determine history. Epic tradition (e.g., Homer, Dante, Milton) shares these pages with science, religion, and popular culture, now funny and now horrifying. Limousine, Midnight Blue is a haunted book about a haunted film of an event whose hungry ghosts still walk the American unconscious, rattling their chains louder every year.


Billy Collins (the popular two-time Poet Laureate of the U.S.) described the book:

“Ovid himself might have taken notice of this volume. It’s one thing to turn a woman into a tree, another more advanced thing to transform fifty frames of the Zapruder film into as many sonnets. Limousine, Midnight Blue is a radical display of poetry’s ability to freeze time, to catch fugitive-and here, disputed-moments in the amber of form”.

The text is enriched by the author’s deep acquaintance with the sources of the Western tradition. A translator of Sophocles and Plato, Jamey Hecht has written on the disaster of 11-22-63 in the pages of Counterpunch, Media Monitors Network, Global Outlook, The Kennedy Assassination Chronicles, and, where he was Senior Staff Writer from 2003 to 2006.  Hecht has spoken at conferences of both J.F.K. Lancer and C.O.P.A. (the Coalition on Political Assassinations), and edited the books Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil by Michael C. Ruppert, and Someone Would Have Talked: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Conspiracy to Mislead History by Larry Hancock. Hecht has taught world literature at various universities on both coasts, and his poetry and prose have been published in a wide variety of scholarly journals and literary magazines. He earned his Ph.D. in literature at Brandeis University (1995), where he studied poetry with Frank Bidart, Allen Grossman, and Mary Baine Campbell. Dr. Hecht’s position regarding 11-22 is essentially that of theologian James W. Douglass in his heartbreaking, insightful, and well-documented recent book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters (Orbis Books, 2008).

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Review in Rattle by Joanne Baines

Review in Behind the Lines by Philip Metres

Review in From the Wilderness by Mike Ruppert


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LINKS: JFK’s Withdrawal From Vietnam

History Matters (Rex Bradford)

ExitStrategy (James K. Galbraith)

The Kennedy Assassination and the Vietnam War (Peter Dale Scott)

1963 Vietnam Withdrawal Plans (Mary Ferrell)

JCS File 1963: 8th SecDef Conference on Vietnam: May 6, 1963, pp. 6, 7 USG)

JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters (James Douglass)