- Jay Parini: Is America at war with itself?
- We shouldn't let a few bad cops and a crazed sniper define us, he says
Jay Parini, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College. His latest book is "New and Collected Poems, 1975-2015." The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)Now Dallas: a shameful attack on the rule of law itself, with five officers dead and seven wounded in the course of duty during what had been a peaceful protest against police violence in America.