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
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
David Baptiste Chirot
740 N 29 #108
Milwaukee, WI 53208

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.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Battlefield of Perception

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Anarkeyological Evidences


These pieces had planned to
put up for Bastille Day as
part of an ongoing series
various media various sizes
making use of plaques
around the city of Milwaukee which have to do with its Quebecois-Indian roots. The first white/mixed-race settlers
in what was to become
Milwaukee were Quebecois.
The city's first Mayor, Juneau, a Quebecois who had arrived in 1820. (Milwaukee incorporated in 1850.) These pieces made using
a plaque in Pere Marquette Park on the River downtown,
commemorating the first meeting between Marquette and
two Quebecois voyageurs with Indian residents. As in so many
places in the USA, what largely remains of the French and Indian settlements and their culture are place and river names, some street names and names of businesses run by the settlers' descendents. In honor of my heritage and their cultures' presence here (though none of my family lived here)
I have gone about making rubBEings and my clay impression paintings and inkings of the letterings marking their passage
in time and place. Years ago Milwaukee's Bastille Days was
much better than it is now. There were a couple very large tents for the Quebecois and Indian heritage, and Ojibway Indians
present demonstrating crafts and canoe making. A geneological tent for tracing ancestries also. Music featured bands from other parts of le monde Francophone--one year a
spectaculur group from Haiti that played powerful African rythmed music with lyrics in Creole extolling a "Good Spirit"
Voodoo. I got to spend time with the musicians, speaking Creole and hanging out, looking at their religious images and objects. They also asked for help in finding "something to smoke"--some pot. Not too hard to find in a festival crowd. There were other tents for various aspects of Franco-American culture--Cajun, Creole, Quebecois--and large tent of French Culture sponsored by French Cultural Ministry and Alliance Francaise. Except for a tent run by Alliance, these are all long gone. Now a good part of the festival is generic garish displays of overpriced crafts and foods, hardly any of it French or even Cajun, and an immense inflated Miller Lite bottle towers over the Eiffel Tower. Since America's up and down relations with France have been mostly down since the War in Iraq, it's not surprising there's less enthusiam for acknowledging our Franco-American heritage and connections. And France, our oldest ally--I recently saw a book entitled--OUR OLDEST ENEMY. Meaning la Belle France--as "americans" had fought against the French under the British colonial masters in the French and Indian War. Be sure to buy some Freedom Fries while reading this one! I'm surprised some one hasn't suggested sending the Statue of Liberty back to France by now, and putting in its place something Made in USA.
Even with the erasing through time and politics of the historical and cultural presences of a culture, there are always fragments and traces that remain. Something as banal as a plaque can have a depth of meaning that reverberates with far more than its words. These pieces just a few done and will be putting up others in various media and sizes. A book of them done as a series is forthcoming from Reed Altemus' press--check out Reed's great Visual Poetry site tonerworks linked here. A number of pieces done in a series of decompositions from fullwords to atomizations of words to barely decipherable letter-particles was done in flourescent spray paint and refuses to come out on the scanner and blog. I am doing another such series using different materials and will post when accomplished. The Alliance Francaise does have every year good books and journals in French very cheap--this year found a book of short stories by the great poet Jules Supervielle and some good art books that are various volumes in huge series on various aspects of art and artists, methods, techniques, materials through time. For a dollar a book you can't beat it. Better than getting an ersatz beigne for at least twice as much!
When you get hungry devour some French words and images. From experience i can tell you, some French words and art , bread, water and cigarettes, and you can survive. And find and make the French words here with the French voice traces of Milwaukee.

"Hunger" by Arthur RIMBAUD (trans. W. Fowlie)

If I have a taste, it is only
For the earth and stones.
I always feed on air,
Rocks, coal, and iron.
. . .
Eat the pebbles that are broken,
The old stones of churches;
The gravel of old floods,
Bread scattered in gray valleys.

The wolf cried under the leaves
As he spat out the fine feathers
Of his meal of fowl:
Like him I consume myself.
. . .