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


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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
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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.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

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Until the pranks turned ugly, it was heartening to follow the dust-up between a bunch of street artists and their nemesis or nemeses, identity unknown.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Art & Walls & Raw Wars/Drew Kunz/VANDALISM QUESTIONS--works of Luke Daly/rubbings by Barrett Gordon

"From the Other Side of the Wall--of Fences--Someone Sees Through . . . (even from the Other

Side of the Moon Seeing Through . . .)"

-d-b chirot

One would sometimes, through a chink in the fence, take a peep into God's world to try and see something; but one could see only a trip of the sky and the high earthen wall overgrown with coarse weeds, and on the wall sentries pacing up and down day and night. And then one would think that there are long years to come before one, and that one will go on coming to peep through the chink in the same way, and will see the same wall, the same sentries and the same little strip of sky, not the sky that stood over the prison, but a free, faraway sky."

--Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The House of the Dead

The old "Modernist Socialist Realism" "Seperation Wall"--it's tearing down supposedly signalled "the End of History".

Art and Walls--from the Cave Paintings to the present anti-Street Art "Splasher" defacings of street art by "Name"/"Commericial" street artists in NYC . . . art inside and on prison walls, hospital walls, gallery walls, museum walls, walls of homes, walls of "Seperation"/"Apartheid"--the walls of the "Museum Without Walls"--barricade walls . . . bathroom walls . . . "over the wall"--"off the wall"--a homeless person moves among only walls--more walls than the person inside an apartment, a home . . . walls of posters, walls for immense private advertising--"the wall of sound"--newspapers-on-walls--Wanted Posters on walls--"the Walls of Jericho"--"hitting the wall"--"beating your head against the wall"---"stonewall"----"the left field wall is known as the Green Monster"--

And then there is always that "wall seperating art and life" . . . one has heard about all one's life and personally never seen---
though for sure seeing a great many other kinds of the walls the world has to offer--a veritable Global Cruise Tours of Walls being offered!!!!

Berlin Wall, 1968, photographed "from the Other Side"--the East German Side--

The world's biggest Prison--almost as many inmates in here alone as in the entire USA prison population of 2.2 million. (The USA is "Number One" in this category--another Gold Medal--!)

from Walt Whitman's "Hospital Notebook" kept while he was volunteer hospital aide, American Civil War

for a great many more pages from this and three other Whitman notebooks of the period of the late 150's-mid 1860's (the period roughly from the first publication of Leaves of Grass
to the end of the Civil War)
see blog entry for 31 May 2007 (Whitman's Birthday)

maybe some one will see the potential for the "anti-drive-in" outdoor cinema on these walls?----screenings for a captive audience--like the ones shown in jail on "How to Behave While Being Arrested"--(isn't it too late, since one is already arrested?--ah!--but this is to prepare you for next time!!! which will surely come---)

a child "at home"--in Gaza--below--
Homeless children

"wall removal" allows for the greater contemplation of The Wall---
and a sky-wall of heliopters, jets--missiles--

still, children fly balloons--

d-b chirot

Iran: stencil & grafitti

"have stencils, will travel"

Albert Ayler & Don Cherry

"Protector of the Woods" painted by Leonard Peltier

Peter Klassens, 2001: "Homage a Courbet aux barricades de la Commune"

defacings of street art by well known/"commercial" street artists, done by the group the media dubbed the "Splasher" after this tag was left besides some of the defacings--

Two Images from Drew Kunz--

excerpts from Drew's new Chapbook "Tether" will also be shown here
as well as more of his visual works
(and i hope also selections from past works)

Drew with Stacy Szymansek edited the terrific journal TRAVERSE
and on his own has edited
Direct Poetics
and now edits
Track and Field

in a letter Drew has referred to these as "cameraless photographs"--

by what particular alchemy they are so beautifully achieved i do not know--

(the imparting of this is for Drew alone to decide--)

from the Series "Screaming Wall" & "Raw War"

spray paintings/spray paintings w/collage & rubBEings

"Screaming Wall: Mercenary AKA (Carlos Weider? Juan Stein?) Homage to Roberto Bolano's
Distant Star"

"Screming Wall"

"The Inimidator"

"Pow Pow Power Poem--Raw War"

"Raw War"

"A War--Insignia"


To touch a line and make it sing--

more "Splasher" defaced street art--

(defaced Shepard Faery piece)

"The Most Dangerous Burqa"


Art and Poetry of Luke Daly
Collabs with Michael Slosek & Barrett Gordon

some recent Chicago rubbings by Barrett Gordon

House Press began in Buffalo, NY as the writers and artists who create and publish the books and journals under its imprimateur were living in that area. In the last year, a number of the House members have moved to Chicago--(a Big Event for me persoanally)--and continue to work there in company with their companions still in Buffalo and other areas.
In Chicago is Eric Unger, editor of SPELL,
an excellent journal of poetry and visual poetry with very high reproduction quality of the visual works, including photographs.
In a forthcoming entry i'll write much more about House Press and Spell and another House journal, String of Small Machines.
For this entry I wanted to focus on the two artist/poets whom i have met personally and whose work i greatly admire. When Kevin Thurston first put me in touch last summer with Barrett, other than Buck Downs, whom Kevin also introduced me to via theemails and mails--Barrett was the person i had met doing rubbings in all the decade or so i have been doing them. He came and visited and i was able to finally have someone to share with some of the hundreds and maybe thousands small things learned in all that time working alone inddors and out in every sort of weather aand in every sort of place. It was a great experience to be able to tlak with somone about the exciement of working with rubBEings and different ways of seeing and thinking and hearing and touching with them, becuase for me it is a total experience. Barrett has one relly big book of rubbings out now from House Press i'll be showing some from in a future entry and has been sending me via email and mail work he has been doing since moving to Chicago. We are goint to be collaboarting on a book togetther which i am very exited about to say the least!
Luke Daly i first heard of via Barrett--he sent me a copy of Luke's The Vandalism Questions which i read in a state of "shock of recognition"--It's the first book of poetry i have ever come across that is addressing directly the world i live and work in and obviously Luke does as well live and work in it and see and hear and touch it also. The excitement i felt was incredible and i couldn't wait to meet this guy and see more of his work. This book is far and away one of my select few favorite poetry books i have read in a long time. Lataer, meeting Luke and seeing more of his work, i discovered much more of his visual poetry, esecially his works done in color using stamping inks which i feel a deep affinity with in the expressiveness of the subtle shiftings of mottled tones, the very mysteriously hinted-at obscure forms which slightly blur and blotch among surfaces. It's the work of an artist with a very highly devloped and aware eye for the colors, forms, musics hidden in plain site/sight/cite which is the "overlooked" "unseen" world of decompositions, decays, rusts, bucklings, dusts, the decrepit, the debris-strewn, fragment-fraught, rubble-gorgeous world. This way of seeing is a way of seeing in time--and with time--the processes of time in a world that one sees as it is passing to cite Saint Paul.
For Basho the fundamental element of art in the universe is change and in Luke's work you'll find change in time, and time's effects on forms, colorings, shifting meanings and soundings of words, are in continually ongoing flow of change.
In both Luke and Barrett's work there is the direct physical embrace of the world of signings & singings & the direct contact with objects in the world in the flow of time. Their work is exciting and encourgaing to me in that , selfsihly--i have more people to talk with about al this.
There seems to be a recurrence of the vogue which has been repeated at various times in American history and art/literary history since the 1830's--the rediscovery of "walks" and "listening" and "looking" in streets and parks not so much as a necessity and a way of entering into a direct living with these--as it is a form of tourism in one's environment, a kind of "visiting" "exotic places" which give one a break from the boredom and sameness of "the daily grind". Interestingly among the origins of this form of walking is the combining of the "walk in the park/country" (th e taking of healthy air & exercise, contempaltion of nature) with the "visit to the cemetery"(moral musings on Eternity, mourning, remembrance, contempaltion of the aesthetic embodied in the artwork of statues, gravestones, mausoleums, memorials, epitaphs and vaults).
The invention of cemeteries as simultaneously parks filled with art works and monuments ,memorials, for contemplation of a combined moral/aesthetic kind began in the 1830's with one of the first examples being Mount Auburn Cemetery, on the border of Cambridge, and Watertown, MA. (I used to live by the side entrance with the mysterious railroad tracks and train that stopped just before dawn, on the Watertown side.) Since the cemteris in Boston were too full for any more new residents to move in, expansion was necesary. And, the city itself becoming too crowded, the Cemetery and its park-lik qualities suitable for weeknd outings, was used as a stepping stone in the creation of new suburbs. The Cemetery to this day is an incredible place to walk--and Mary Baker Eddy hasa telephone in her vault, which you can try to call. (I used to but never got an answer--maybe she was screening her calls--)
I wonder if the current vogue for walking and discovering art/ethics in the world's streets and parks--besides the tourism aspect, and the aspect of bringing back "artefacts" from it--isn't also related to a form of mourning and memorializing and monumentalizing. The walkers of today seem to be adjusting to a strange place--in the first place, a world outside of a vehicle--and as well--a world unplugged--from car cd players and portable cd players--a world in which they "suddenly" "hear" the sounds they have never bothered about before. In a strange way one has a kind of "forgotten, lost" world being as it were parachuted into by "explorer-tourist" "observer-listeners" equpped with various kinds of media to essay a kind of inventory and "impressions" of this "new world" which has been there all this time and yet not existed hardly at all. Suddenly the monuments, the memorials, the eptipahs, spring to life and are read and seen for the first time--and just as suddenly there emerge all the tuned out sound--voices, tree boughs soughing, birds, insects, cars, factories--and for a while this combined cemetery-park serves as the in-between world--neither completely pastoral nor completley urban--or, if one is making tours of the streets--one is astonished to find how much they really do "look like" streets--seen in fotos and movies, on tv--an already familiar world, yet at the same brand new--"seen for the first time" in "real life"--and so a site for "exploration"--
Since this phenomenon began in the 1830's and seems to repat at various times in American history and cultural history--i've started to think about it in terms of changes of technologies of vision--and so begin a new form of studying this--in relation with "art" and poetry--in the 1830's the loomotive was chaning the ways people saw--frm moving vehicles they peceived things from new angles, and passing by at differing speeds in relation to the fore and backgrounds--the speeding up of the processes of printing demanded a speeding up of the production and delivery of texts and images--soon the daguerreotype appears--the telegraph--alongside the fads in psycic communications with the dead--the huge unscrolling panormas accompanying traveling lecturers on voayges to far places--a coming and going of ways of seeing, in which paradoxically what is often discovered is what was not seen before because almost no one was looking--until disentangling from a new technology and looking backwards as it were--they saw the world they had "left behind" . . . which curiously had "been there al the time"--
But that is just speculation while one gets underway with studyng this through time in gereater and greater detail--

To repeat, what I like so much In Luke and Gordon's work is that it is always in the world that is always already here--and i eagerly look forward to everything that they do and very thankful to have met them and that they now live fairly close by.

Note: here you can get an idea of the "look" and hopefully a hint of the "feel" of the books from House Press--
as i said, i'll be writing on more of the books and on the journal--in forthcoming entry

Also, not "to give away" too much of the books, have shown far less than i would have liked to here--

(The cover sadly a bit smudgy from being carted about in my backpack with all my junk--)

poem by Michael Slosek

click to enlarge

multimedia by Luke Daly

"The V Q's" --one of my favorite new poetry/visual poetry books of last several years

Recent Chicago Rubbings by Barrett Gordon

(more in next entires--some others are in entrees for late May early June)

"chained down"
"open mic form"
"science landscape"