After his secondary education at The Roxbury Latin School, Astrue earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University, where he served as President of the Yale Political Union, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
Astrue, who previously served in the Social Security Administration as Counselor to the Commissioner, served in the US Department of Health and Human Services as General Counsel and as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Leigislation. He also served as Associate Counsel to the President of the United States at the White House in the Reagan and George Bush Sr administrations. In the private sector, he practiced law and was as a senior executive at several ... more »
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AM Juster Poems
Dear Lord, Please flood her nerves with sedatives and keep her strong enough to crack a smile so disbelieving friends and relatives
A long eugenic past reduces roses to a vain and pampered caste.
To a Painting of Echo
Foolish artist, why must you sketch my face And hound a goddess eyes cannot detect? I am the daughter born of Speech and Space, Babble's mother, a voiceless intellect.
Note From Echo
Narcissus, I no longer haunt the canyons and the crypts. I thrive and multiply; uncounted daughters are my new companions.
The other frogs consider me aloof And mock each out-of-season mating call, But I regard my plight as living proof That faith can foster something magical.
I dream the Florida of Body Heat With Kathleen Turner twisting in her dress, Wind chimes unsettling my sweaty sleep And lovers marinating in deceit.
Into The Country Of The Gadarenes
Arthritic fingers of the olive trees Accuse the sun of ancient injuries. The shallows harden to an ochre crust
We saw the mass grave at the Moscow Zoo. A sullen man dug up a human skull Then held it high for journalists to view. Forensic specialists arrived to cull
Long Strange Trip
The flower children gone to seed Bake brownies for the PTA And give to liberals in need.
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Please flood her nerves with sedatives
and keep her strong enough to crack a smile
so disbelieving friends and relatives
can temporarily sustain denial.
Please smite that intern in oncology
who craves approval from department heads
Please ease her urge to vomit; let there be
kind but flirtatious men in nearby beds.
Given her hair, consider amnesty
for sins of vanity; make mirrors vanish.
Surround her with forgiving family
and nurses not too numb to cry. Please banish
trite consolations; take her in one swift
and gentle motion...