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, February 23, 2007

"For Lebanon, For Palestine"/Mid East Women Poets/Hypermedia Fest/"War Pigs!!!"/Kent Johnson/Prophet Blackmon/"Man on the Grassy Knoll"/Lech Kowalski

The War on Drugs--
photo of amphetimine addict, 1960s', from Larry Clark's great classic book TULSA

Poetry Readings in Milwaukee for St Patrick's day and days--

Los Angeles Readings for 11 March 2007

Hypermedia Festival of Performance and Video, Buenos Aires

Excellent book, with many talks with Leonard Peltier in it

Mail Art/Visual Poetry Call
"For Lebanon, For Palestine
Human Right-Peace-Liberty"

Size: max A4 (postal)
Deadline/Fecha Limite: Ongoing/Sins Limites
David-Baptiste Chirot
740 N 29 #108
Milwaukee, WI 53208

If you would like to send Visual Poetry and writings, art works of any kinds, please do--
they do not have to be part of the Visual Poetry/Mail Art Call
if you would like to include statements and links with your work, these are welcome
this space for free exchange of work & ideas & methods--

"For Lebanon, For Palestine":

Omaggio Pier Paulo Pasolini
the poet, from across the other side, never ceases solidarity with the living--
eyes looking into eyes, never losing sight of each other--

"It has to be reinvented"
-Arthur Rimbaud

these two pieces by
d-b chirot

Jukka Kervinen

Joaquim Branco

Michael Rothenberg

Sean Bonney

Last week it was announced that a Super 8 film of the Presidential Motorcade in Dallas, Texas 23 Novmber 1963 has been found. It has been widely circulated in the worldwide media and web. The film ends (supposedly anyway!) "90 seconds before the assassination" of President John F. Kennedy. Recently the window from which Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shots (again, supposedly!)--recently was sold at auction for an immense sum. None of these events have meant the end of "the Man on the Grassy Knoll"--here a few images of "him"--inspired by the film and auction--

(still from the Super 8 film)

This is an excellent film, starting with the Nakba --Catastophe--of 1947, with a focus on the events since 1967 in the Occupied territories. There are interviews with Chomsky and especially good ones with Dr Ilan Pappe of Israel, author of the book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. This is the most complete history yet as Dr Pappe makes use of military documents never before available. There is also footage of the lives of children in Gaza and interview with a psychologist who has studied a thousand Palestinian children and young teenage girls and boys. Speaking of the effects of the Occupation on them, he says, "Many of them have lost the will to live." One boy asks the cameraman repeating the question: "Could you live here?" Peace activists from Israel, Palestine and USA also contribute. The film is made by two young Arab-Americans who wanted to go find out what was happening and try to understand it as much as possible and share what they found with others.

From "War Pigs!!!" yt communication bulletin Sept 11 2006

Edited by Frances Kruk and Sean Bonney, "somwhere in Hackney", England

Contributors include: Jow Lindsay, Fabian McPherson, d-b Chirot, Ceri Buckmaster, Andrea Brady, Kevin Thurston, Justin Katko, Pierre Hugill, daniel f. bradley

here are a few pages--

cover by Sean Bonney

Frances Kruk

M. J. Weller

Sophie Robinson

A great film: East of Paradise by Lech Kowalski

In the first half, his mother recounts in Polish her life in a Soviet Gulag during World War Two.
The second half is Kowalski's life and filmmaking story beginning with cheap pornos, through drug addiction, Punk Rock, the Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunders and a rough life on NYC's Lower East Side. Kowalski sees his life as having been a search for an extremity of experience in order to find an understanding of what his mother has learned from hers, if it is possible for him to do so.
In a brief Coda, mother and son reflect on the meaning of their experiences, and the viewer is faced with finding their ways of seeing the interconnection which Kowalski hopes to have conveyed, in a complex, frayed and difficult way. Kowlski is honest about the strangeness of his search, and the oddness that to him he saw glamour in his mother's life's endurance and wants to emulate it in a fashion true to his times and world.
Kowalski is one of the very few artists who has presented in his work the harsh lyricism of the spirit of the raw realities of addiction, life on violent and strange fringes, and Punk music.

On 15 February Kent Johnson gave a greatly received afternoon talk on poetry, memory and issues of the "author", weaving the reading of an interview with himself by a Bosnian photo-journalist and writer with accounts of his friends, teachers and events from his days as a student and young poet at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In the evening, he gave a powerful, at times scary reading to a large audience of new poems as well as many from "Lyric Poetry After Auschwitz".
Kent is also a fan of and has a painting by Prophet Blackmon, who at the same time had a shared show of Holiness Art at UW-M. Prophet is a well-known "Outsider" artist who i have known a long time, as he sells his works on the streets and depending on the persons, will give healing prayers and diagnoses as well as spontaneous talks on spirituality and the visionary sources of his painting, which he was directed to do by God. Prophet was also present for the screening of the film "God's Spaceship" and answered questions and spoke for along time afterward. The film is interview done in 1989.

For reviews of "Lyric Poetry After Aushwitz"
see John Beers' in Big Bridge 12
and by d-b chirot in

(i have an essay in Big Bridge 12 also, "Raw War"
and visuals poems in the "Blends and Bridges" section edited by Bob Grumman)