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.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Happy Birthday Walt Whitman!!! "delicious as the kisses of God.-"

The Four "Lost Notebooks"

whose covers and some pages from them are shown below--
disappeared from the Library of Congress Whitman Collections in the early 1940's--and were anonymously returned in 1995.

These Notebooks cover the period of the late 1850's through the American Civil War, the period in which the first editions of Leaves of Grass appeared and during which Whitman moved from New York City to Washington, D.C. to work at a small government job in a tiny office in the Department of the Interior. Whitman's main reason for moving was to be near his wounded borther and he began to to spend almost all his extra time taking care of the sick, wounded and dying soliders of both sides in the hospitials in and around Washington. (When Whitman's superiors discovered he was the author of the notorious Leaves of Grass--he was fired immediately from his very minor government job. This gave him more time however for the soldiers in the hopsitals--he continued working with them even for over year after the War had ended, caring for the severely wounded until they could be sent back to their hometowns and areas.
These four notebooks, especially the later three--contain the kinds of raw materials which went into Whitman's Civil War sections of his much later book SPECIMAN DAYS--some of his most powerful writing, culiminating in the great "The Real War Will Never Get In the Books".

Here's an abridged version--from Walter Lowenfels' classic One Hundred One American Poems of Protest from 1969--of one of the very few truly angry pieces Whitman ever wrote in poetry--a prophecy of the American future we live in now--our present--which he saw very clearly taking shape at the time. This poem, "Respondez" is one of the poems that Whitman did not include in leaves of Grass, but is published in editions with that book, but outside of it. Whitman made this choice due to the poem's tone of rage being so different from the optimism of Leaves of Grass as it stood at the time. "Though he writes famoulsy in leaves of grass that he contradicts himself, Walt didn't like to contradict his public personal/image very much or very often--) A similar tone of outrage can also be found inthe opening pages of the other of Whitman's prose masterpieces, Democratic Vistas.

"Voice goes after/what eyes can't reach" is taken from Leaves of Grass

("My voice goes after/What my eyes can't reach" in the poem)

"delicious as the kisses of God.-"

a page from the Hospital Notebooks

Fascinating to see the visual layouts, revisions, scratch outs, cross out, spelling changes and questions--the handwriting as direct expression of moods, tones, shifts of thought--evocations of the events and places-insights and glimspes into Whitman's methods of working "on the scene" and later on, in his rooms in boarding house--

A cardboard butterfly with poem inside wings--made by Whitman

Whitman in the post-Civil War years (above) and during the War (below)--

"The Earliest Notebooks"

mid-late 1850's, New York City primarily

"Work Book" late 1850's--beginning 1860's

New York City--Washington D. C.

"The 1862 Woorkbook"

these details regarding the soldiers--reappear in filled out forms in Specimen Days--as does most of this information--notes to Whitman what to bring to the men--as small gifts or things they had asked for--

"Th Hospital Workbook"

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

"Mimeo Mimesis": jw curry on copying a bp Nichol poem/Crashtest/visaural visceral poetry/posters & protests

From jw curry:
copying a bp Nichol mimeo Visual Poem . . .

"Mimeo Mimesis"
Click to enlarge--
this is an amazing piece re mimeo copy art/visual poetry--and copying mimeo copier art/visual poetry--
above i cropped it to make easier to read when enlarged--
below is the way it appears in the journal--all pages in the journal are like this--making use of the backs and fronts of already used office and other official papers, documents, maps, guide books, etc.--

This demonstration in Bolivia--a few months before the latest "Pirates" movie came out--

On saxophone, Albert Ayler, to his left, Don Cherry on trumpet

Building "Seperation" Wall in Baghdad--work goes on at night--

Links for Crash Test
Xavier Stern
Laurent Herrou
Marco Giovenale's
Kris Rzepka
are here at this blogspot

Ficus Strangulensis

some excerpts from first part of series of "Poems Without Poets"
d-b chirot