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.

Friday, August 11, 2006

"For Palestine, For Lebanon"--and "for" "Democracy"

Thank you to all who are sending works in the postal and emails, and letters of support.
And thank you to Cesar Reglero and Boek861, who write at their latest listing of Mail Art Calls:

"Repetimos y ponemos en primar lugar "For Palestine, For Lebanon" Human Rights-Peace-Liberty con la esperanza de que todos la energia creative del universo se concentre para detener esta matanza."

"For Palestine, For Lebanon"
Human Rights-Peace-Liberty

Size: A4 (postal mails)
Deadline/Fecha limite: Ongoing/Sins Limites
Documentation: all works received will be exhibited immediately at
Addresses: via email:
via post mail: David-Baptiste Chirot 740 N 29 #108 Milwaukee, WI 53208 USA

The American government continues to speak about the democracy that it is bringing to the Middle East and that Israel is helping to preserve in Lebanon. Didn't the Palestinians have democratic elections? Yes, but they elected "the wrong people" so they are not "our kind of democracy." (Neither is Venezuela, which keeps electing President Chavez.)
"Democracy" then becomes likes obscenity: it "exists in the mind of the beholder."
And not with the actual people. (A great many of whom must therefore die.)

"Democratie"/"Democracy" -- Arthur Rimbaud, in ILLUMINATIONS

"The flag's off to that filthy place, and our speech drowns the sound of the drum.
"In the centers we'll find the most cynical whoring. We'll smash all logical revolts.
"To the pepery dried-up countries!--in the service of the most gigantic industrial or military exploitations.
"Goodbye to this place. No matter where we're off to. We conscripts of good will are going to display a savage philosophy: ignorant in science, rakes where our comfort is concerned; and let the world blow up! This is the real march. Forward, men!" (Trans. Wallace Fowlie)

"Le drapeau va au pays immonde, et notre patois etouffe le tambour.
"Aux centres nous alimenterons la plus cynique prostitution. Nous massacerons les revoltes logiques.
"Aux pays poivres et detrempes!--au service des plus monstreuses exploitations industrielles ou militaires.
"Au revoir ici, n'importe ou. Conscrits de bon vouloir, nous aurons la philosophie feroce; ignorants pour la science, roues pour le confort; la crevaison pour le monde qui va. C'est la vraie marche. En avant, route!"

"The first casualty of war is language." Cluster Bomb Poem

d-b chirot
Taller del Sol
from Boek861
Antonio Sassu/Gruppo Sinestetico "Guerra"

Clemente Padin

Thierry Tillier

Guido Vermeulen "Israel vs Lebanon Conversation"

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

"Hallucinatory summer of war", "signaling through the flames"

"Hallucinatory summer of war" "signaling through the flames"

In the Sunday 6 August 06 Milwaukee Journal there was an article about a mental asylum on the outskirts of Zefta, Labanon. As the surrounding area neared being completely cut off from the world by Israeli air strikes and rockets, the entire staff left, leaving behind a couple young nurses and the asylum population. Medications were almost completely gone--the nurses were making them last as long as possible by cutting the remaining pills in halves and even then at the time of the report had only two days supply left. As great as the fear of the bombardments is, perhaps a worse one growing among those with the ability to be aware of what is happening, is the fear of the madness about to come, from within as well as from without. The patients feel they can deal however poorly with the bare minimum of food and water, with the constant fear of being bombed. (The staff and some patients painted a Red Cross on the asylum roof, but no one knows how long the Israelis will arbitrarily honor this.) The one thing they truly dread is their medications will be cut off, and with that, they will be cut loose perhaps forever in their private psychoses.
The sense of impending doom and despair is overwhelming, and the cruelty of the forced march back into psychoses' hells is unspeakable. The dedication and courage of the remaining nurses is inspiring.
The report reminded me of reading of Antonin Artaud's years in asylums during World War Two in occupied France. The mentally ill, because completely useless to society, were at the bottom of people whose needs had to be met. Food, clothing, heating supplies being scarce, the asylum inmates had next to nothing and often nothing at all. Chained in unheated, urine and feces soaked cells, unfed for days at a time, dressed in thin clothes with perhaps a ragged blanket in freezing temperatures, patients either died or went further into their madnesses. Artaud was among them. After reading the story of the patients in Zefta, I read and listened to some of his late works, written after release from the war time asylums.
In his Preface to The Theater and its Double, written years before he went into the asylum, Artaud writes prophetically regarding the Theater of Cruelty which became the Theater of War--
And if there is still one hellish, truly accursed thing in our time, it is
our artistic dallying with forms, instead of being like victims burnt
at the stake, signaling through the flames.

Artaud wanted a form of acting, actors, who would train to be able to create this effect. Little did he know he would have to live it. The people in Zefta are being forced to live the Theater of Cruelty, for an audience that looks down from the sky, from thousands of feet above, impervious to their signaling, able to end the performance with the flick of a bomb bay switch. The Theater at Zefta won't be missed long--all over Lebanon and Palestine everyday new Theaters of Cruelty open by the dozens. And every day their audience grows hungrier and hungrier for ever more victims, more flames--and less signalings. That's what this audience wants to do away with in Artaud's idea--the signalings. In this Theater of Cruelty the final words go to the extinguishers of signals. "Theater closed for lack of actors." The "final curtin."

Thank you to everyone sending works for "For Palestine, For Lebanon" and thank you to all who have written letters of support and encouragement.


Size: A4 Max (for postal mail)
Deadline/Fecha Limite: Ongoing/Sins Limites
Note: since this is an ongoing exhibition, you may send as many works and as many times as you want to
Addresses: for works via email:
for works via postal mail: David-Baptiste Chirot 740 N 29 #108 Milwaukee, WI 53208 USA

d-b chirot

Jean-Claude Gagnon
Emerenciano Rodrigues

Clemente Padin

Sunday, August 06, 2006


For the notes for these works and information for the Mail Art/Visual Poetry Call "For Palestine, For Lebanon" please see below--

First, two series made
6 August 06 called "Walls
of Beirut" and which contribute
to the "For Palestine, For Lebanon" Call




Mail Art/Visual Poetry Call

"For Palestine, For Lebanon"
Human Rights-Peace-Liberty

Size: Max A4
Deadline/Fecha Limite: Ongoing/Sins Limite
Documentation: all works received exhibited immediately at
David-Baptiste Chirot 740 N 29 #108 Milwaukee, WI 53208 USA

Walls of Beirut:

One time when I was in the political prison of the CRS in Paris, I was in a cell just large enough to stand in. At the foot of the door was a small gutter of white tile used for pissing in. At one point, CRS men beat the Morrocan man in the cell next to me to death. The blood flowed in the white tiles at my feet. The CRS men urinated and spat into the blood, discoloring it as it flowed. Those images have stayed with me and last night after seeing fotos of Beirut buildings from the air, just as I had seen the tiles from looking down at my feet--I dreamed of white tiled walls in Beirut splashed with blood and bodily fluids and chemicals.
For years I have dreamt of painting on walls (Iwas a housepainter for a number of years and have graffitied walls also--)--paintings with immense hieroglyphics in unknown languages at the edges of understandings--or fragments of known langauges--or simply letters --but these dreams of walls had no letters at all.
This evening I made these paintings with the few cans of spray paint I have at the moment--in an alley--using some tiles I had found thrown out in the trash a week ago.
They are at once memory, dream and concrete reality.
In an alley of Milwaukee, the presence of Beirut, the memory of the murderous racist paramilitary . . . and the anniversary of Hiroshima.
And also several letters today from dear friend Clemente Padin, who knows far more than I about these things and for forty years with his life and work has been leading the struggle against them, giving an example to people everywhere of "Art and the People".
OFFENDER HANDBOOK is a real book one is given after being sentenced to probation/parole in State of Wisconsin--or that one is supposed to be given, as many aren't. (I joked with the officer giving it to me--oh--so it teaches me how to be an offender--even better?--as in the lockup they show the prisoners many times a day a video on "The proper Way to Behave When Being Arrested"--a bit too late, since you already have been arrested!--but nothing like being prepared for next time! Actually considering the number of "suspects" shot, a good thing to know the proper way to move around the trigger happy arresting officers.)
I made this book for Clemente because of the years he spent in prison and with torture under the dictatorship in Uruguay, due to his works' bad effect on the "morale of the army". In his work, Clemente makes brilliant use of the ways that bureaucracies, the State, institutions, the military, manipulate language in order to control thoughts and behaviours of people to such an extent that they often have no idea that they are behaving and thinking exactly as they are supposed to be doing. I think if we begin examing a great number of our own thoughts, habits, prejudices which we take to be truths--we will find how many of them are "received ideas" we have unquestioningly accepted from any old where and hung on to as though the gospel truth. Visual Poetry like Clemente's works to shake loose the sign systems we use to conceal our own thoughts and actions from ourselves, in order to do what we are supposed to do for the "good" of "society" i.e. the dominant ideology. Visual Poetry , then, "above all, to make you see" (Joseph Conrad)--what has been made invisible, concealed--by a brainwashing of the systems of signs--which makes appear "natural" what is intensely "constructed"--