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.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Roberto Bolano--UNARMED Journal--"Aesthetics of Disappearance"--

--d-b chirot:

"Roberto Bolano fumar Cigarrillos del Realismo Visceral"

"Roberto Bolano Smokes Visceral Realist Cigarettes"
Visceral Realism is a Poetry Movement in the Mexico City of late 1960's in Bolano's novel
The Savage Detectives

Roberto Bolano is one of my favorite writers. Via translations in more and more countries & languages he is becoming known as one of the greatest writers of "our times", and his novel By Night in Chile is now often being cited as one of the greatest Latin American works of all time.
Among Bolano's many themes are the complicities and interelationships of poetry and writing with Fascism, torture, and State Terrorism, which is far more extensive, extreme and pervasive of all facets of existence than any of the plots and acts of Terrorists it uses as justification for its excessiveness without measure of retaliation and repression.

(Terror is after all the invention of the State--The Terror of the government of the First French Republic.)

Many of Bolano's works take place among the new worlds/states of being/statuses created by "the other 9/11" as it is now perversely called--the American backed Pinochet coup in Chile on 9/11/73.

Reading these works is to find in a very disturbing way the reflecting shards of broken mirrors in which what is beginning to be seen is not the reflections of Chile and its disappeareds, its tortureds, its complicitous ones, its exiles alone--but also for a US American reader--reflections ever sharper of the American post 9/11 reality. Torture, disappeareds, the assault on civil liberites and the Constitution, the ability to turn any person into a "suspect", the wire tapping and interception of mails, the intrusion into library book lists, computer identity informations . . . new forms of thought/action controlling a populace, manipulating their votes, their choices in news and information . . . the creation through time of a culture of complicity, silence, lack of attention or continual diversion . . .

There are a great many more aspects to the works of Bolano! Read him and see--this just to suggest ways in which his work brings together elements of the late 1960's--in Mexico--and beyond--and the Coup in Chile and its ongoing after effects--with the events of today in ways which no other writer I know of has done. He does not do this directly, but by making one aware of the ever ongoing reverberations of repression, retaliation, revenge on the human psyche.

And no one else has found ways to write with the long sentence in quite the way Bolano does in By Night in Chile, nor make use of the Hard Boiled Style in conjunction with contemporary poetry and a casual delivery as Bolano does in Distant Star and some of the stories in Last Evenings on Earth. This style is also used with differing tones of narrators' voices in The Savage Detectives and Amulet. (The latter features reflections on the narrator of the former--and sveral of the same characters are shared by the two books, which are concerned with Mexico City and Mexico in the loate 1960's.)

Next year, Nazi Literatures of the Americas will appear in English, from which Distant Star was taken as a small episode calling out for elaboration.

In all these works a dark humor runs through the horror--a light glinting in the reflecting shards of shattered mirrors, walls, bodies, texts, minds, cities . . . the light of a "distant star"--of a bare bulb swaying in concrete undergound torture cell--and also another form of Bolanian "Sophoclean" light for one to begin to see with eyes changing through the reading of this brilliant writer--

speaking of "light"--
9/11 2001 Commenorative Lighter--

Capitol buildings being bombed, Santiago, Chile 9/11 1973

The elusive, evil poet/pilot, creator of Opus Dei skywriting poetry created from what may be an old Messerschmit--Alberto Ruiz-Tagle aka Carlos Wieder, the central focus of Distant Star--is he the pilot of the jet in the top foto . . . ?

a "sighting"--or not?--of Carlos Wieder---
or of the poet/teacher Juan Stein also in Distant Star, Wieder's ideological opposite--?--
as a mercernary . . . or revolutionary . . . or double agent . . . somewhere . . . in space and time . . .somewhere in an obscure publication . . . glimpsed in a grainy yellowing newsprint foto . . .

--d-b chirot

a face from Wieder's exhibition of the New Chilean Art--
walls covered with posed fotos of dead and dismembered bodies, a concrete floor with a finger on it--
in 30 % of the posed fotos it appears the victims may have been still living . . .

the exhibition, in a spare bedroom in Wieder's apartment, shown to a very limited audience, is cause for his rumored court martial from the Chilean Air Force and the end of his career as a poet of sky writing and officially carried out tortures, sexual assaults, murders accompanied by his "art" photography, his sky writing, his poems many of which seem to be eerie echoes of others' poems, if not outright plagiarizations . . . -
-his implied serial killing and its serialized presentation as strips of frames of film--on a wall--

"The World's Largest Prison"
Amnesty International has called for immediate destruction of the Illegal Wall and Settlements and return of these lands to their rightful owners.
Every day the Wall construction, all the new Israeli-only roads and checkpoints, cut off more land, more water, make getting to work, school or water ever more difficult and in many cases impossible.
Over 80% population under International poverty level, over 80% malnourished.
Over 90% of children examined in over a few thousands have severe trauma along with physical disabilites including hearing impairments from bombardments, deformities and diseases from malnutrition and from unsafe drinking water due to the cut off of almost all water entering Gaza.
Over 60 % of the 124 children killed last year were found to have wounds in the back of the neck and upper shoulders and back, as well as lower back of the head. These were not "collateral damage" deaths from targeted assasinations in overcrowded streets--these were executions by snipers.

The effect found in thousands of children studied by psychologists and the effect aimed for by military and political authorities--is the breaking of the will of the subject population. To break the will to live by pressures applied from both within the psyche and without, on the body--the environment--to create a condition of living death. When the will is annihlated, there will be no more will to resist, to return, to to anything but die away . . . like the "Manifest Destiny" meant for "the Vanishing American Indian" . . .

Unarmed Journal
#56 Arrives

the journal is roughly the size of a 4 X 6 postcard, just a tiny bit smaller--

the method of listing the contents is unique--employing visuals as well as titles in writing--
and from issue to issue--contributors from many different countries--
the Journal is distributed FREE in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and via mailings to contributors past and present--

The new issue of a favorite journal just arrived--Unarmed--for the first time it has a color cover--quite beautiful!--by Erica van Horn, who co-runs the Coracle Press in Ireland.

Each issue also includes a Chapbook by a single featured poet--the one on lower right here a very good one by bill bissette--
The current one, on top here--by Joel Dailey, called "How to Wallpaper Like a Pro"
(the full cover foto is of earth moving and demolished house removal in post-Katrina New Orleans, where Daily lives and works)
(in future entry wil post some of the contents of various issues and chaps--)

if you want to send submissions, contact editor Michael Mann and:

1405 Fairmount
St Paul, MN 55105

Red Cloud in old age

"They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it."

Removal of people--removal of earth--trees--water--

Baghdad Wall being built at night by Americans--

Albert Ayler & Don Cherry

"Aesthetics of Disappearance"

Hebron--and fruit market there--
then (1990 fotos--)
and now

Heavily armed illegal settlers guarded in turn by IDF soldiers--
help make sure streets of a Palestinian town are kept clean of Palestinians

"Dedicated . . . "

The "post avant" of American performance/installation Art???--
Abu Ghraib . . . "Gitmo" . . .

(Like Carlos Wieder's New Chilean Poetry . . . )

A Soviet person in process of becoming a non-person . . .

"One cannot hide from that which never sets"

No matter the obliteration the Zero Poems endure, hidden in plain site/sight/cite--

by Clemente Padin
emprisoned and tortured two and a half years
during dicatorship
International pressure helped gain Clemente's release before full four year term served for making work detrimental "to the morale of the Army".

d-b chirot
the above was for an exhibition in Argentina

This book is currently listed to appear in the USA in 2/2008, from New Directions.