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, May 04, 2007

Visual Poetry/Exhibitions/4 May 1970/2007 Anniversary of Kent State Shootings


"It has to be reinvented"--
Arthur Rimbaud

(the above by d-b chirot)

Kent State University, 4 May 1973
Kent, Ohio, USA
National Guard kills 4, wounds 9
tape recently released to media recorded order to fire
protestors responding to the American secret bombing and expansion of Vietnam War into Cambodia

demolition of a house where protest being held --destroyed in just under three minutes

Settlers' grafitti, Hebron

d-b chirot (4 pieces above)

Foto Exhibtion, Nablus

Collages by Moki Cherry, from Exhibtion at ArtoMat, Long Island City, NY

Poster by Clemente Padin, for Bush's stop in Uruguay during Latin American trip

Tens of thousands of pages of documents relating to Leonard Peltier's case will not be released to his lawyers by the United States Governement for "reasons of National Security." Since the events in question happened over 30 years ago, it is very hard to understand why National Security should be at risk . . . But then, Mr. Peltier and the American Indian Movement have been called at various times "terrorists" --along with the old standby, "savages"--by the American government and press. "The only good Indian is a dead Indian"--and the next best is an Indian in prison for life regardless of evidence and lack thereof for "reasons of National Security."

Foto Exhibition, Hawwara Checkpoint

Antonin Artaud

These are rubbings made in Chicago by my good friend and fellow artist/poet Barrett Gordon. I first met Barrett on a visit he made to Milwaukee last Fall and shared with him some techniques and we talked about ideas and experiences with rubbings. With many thanks to Kevin Thurston, who introduced me to their work and them via email, Barrett and Buck Downs (an excellent poet who lives in Washington, D.C.) are the only two artist/poets I know of who have worked with rubbings outside of the usual use of them for making copies of gravestones and plaques, etc. Barrett actually has a book of his earlier work called GRAVE RUBBER from House Press --that uses words rubbed/copied from gravestones and rearranged to form phrases and sentences of his own as forms of poems. Buck makes rubbings of single words, making of the word a minimilist poem in itself, focusing the attention on the forms of the letters, the form of the word as aa whole, as an object, and also the sense of the at once connection/disconnection between the visual/oral/aural senses of the word. The single word, isolated on the page--begins to look oddly mysterious, stranger and stranger the more one looks at it. I would say personally they begin to look a bit on the peripheries of being haunted to me! Both the methods--uses of the words complete, without any manipulations visually or use of visual imagery in itself as a form of sounding notation or simply as visual writing in its own right so to speak--I call "straight" rubbings. The connection with direct copying of what is both literally and literarily there as langauge is kept intact and rubbed in a straight forward manner, with little shading or "dirtying" involved--the visual elements as an "excess" (visually, sonically) are kept to a minimum.
Since last Fall Barrett has been developing his work in many different ways--I will be presenting some of these as he sends them--and also some of Buck's--I'm very thankful to both of them for sharing their work with me and for getting to know them--especially Barrett as Chicago is not very far from Milwaukee so we have met a few times. It is incredibly inspiring to find another person in the world who is involved with the work of rubbings as for years and years I knew of no one else at all interested in this. (I began making them almost daily in April of 1999.) It's been an immense chnage in my life to know someone to talk and write with about aspects of rubbings--ideas and daily odd experiences, textures, types of paper, the ways one sees differently at different times of day and so finds things in the evening one won't in the morning--all sorts of things small and large that are tremendously fun and exciting to me--but until Barrett I had no one to exchange thoughts and experiences about these things with on a practical level. So I am very happilly thankful to know him and his work--
If you yourself or someone you know has worked with rubbings over a period of some time--please contact me:

rubbings by Barrett Gordon