Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at
as with this blog, the arts are investigated as a part of rather than apart from the historical, economic, political actualities of yesterday, today, & tomorrow
as with al my blogs--
contributions in any language are welcome

Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
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David Baptiste Chirot
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Friday, February 17, 2006

reveries and rubBEings

Someone wrote once that the rubBEings activity of mine uses a method "at once childlike and ancient". I much appreciated this for rubbing is probably the earliest form of copy art, and I have often felt, been like a child working on the rubBEings. Actually i have often laughed at myself when an awareness will come that what one is doing is like child's play--working with the thick lumber crayon and in a form of trance or reverie rubBEing the markings in surfaces of all sorts.
And oddly, memories of childhood start to flood me at times. I suddenly am in a different zone of existence, freed from the shackles of the immediate and floating in an other space, yet anchored by the materials one is working with. They take on talsimanic features and become the points at which energy is released, an energy of a form of dreaming, reveries of the materials themselves. So it is that in rubBEing on a telephone pole one finds faces released from knots and hears sounds pour forth from the configurations of the grains in the wood, rings and ovals, singing with the movements of the hands. Often these events bring back the sense of wonder one had as a child, standing before anything, any scene, one could enter a dream found in the concrete, tangible world, a dream born of the encounter with the simplest materials. I often find these dreams coming back, memories and images of childhood dreamings when touching the different materials--wood, metal, plastic, glass, etc etc I had wondered if this isn' al due to my sense of humor at doing what a child does, a childlike form of working. Did that association trigger these memories and imaginings, suddenly so vivid and alive, long ago reveries of a child come back through the agency of touching an elemenatal material? I have wondered about this many times, for the expereince occurs and re occurs, comes out of the blue as it were, olut of the material and one is suddenly plunged again into a reverie that knows no time barriers.
In his POETICS OF REVERIE Gaston Bachelard writes of this--I have been very happy to be reading this book for it elucidates such events. Bachelard writes:

When reverie goes so far, one is astonished by his own past, astonished to have been that
child. There are moments in childhood when every child is the astonishing being, the
being who realizes the ASTONISHMENT OF BEING (in itlaics in the text) We thus
discover within ourselves an IMMOBILE CHILDHOOD, A CHILDHOOD
WITHOUT BECOMING, liberated from the geaar wheels of the calendar.

I imagine that everyone has some form of activity which must effect this return of the
astonsihment of being. I know I find it in making the rubBEings especially.
These "reveries" pieces are of ones (cars, too) in a state of reverie.

1 comment:

e g g s h e l l - o r c h e s t r a said...

i enjoyed this essay very much and agree with the importance of keeping PLAY a priority and abandon over-seriousness at times! thank you always for your inspirations-looking forward to that letter,