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.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Top CIA Official Confesses Order to Forge Iraq-9/11 Letter came from White House--- International Clearing House


  Send Page To a Friend

Tape: Top CIA official confesses order to forge Iraq-9/11 letter came on White House stationery

In damning transcript, ex-CIA official says Cheney likely ordered letter linking Hussein to 9/11 attacks

By John Byrne

09/08/08 "Raw Story" -- - A forged letter linking Saddam Hussein to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks was ordered on White House stationery and probably came from the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a new transcript of a conversation with the Central Intelligence Agency's former Deputy Chief of Clandestine Operations Robert Richer.

The transcript was posted Friday by author Ron Suskind of an interview conducted in June. It comes on the heels of denials by both the White House and Richer of a claim Suskind made in his new book, The Way of The World. The book was leaked to Politico's Mike Allen on Monday, and released Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the White House released a statement on Richer's behalf. In it, Richer declared, "I never received direction from George Tenet or anyone else in my chain of command to fabricate a document ... as outlined in Mr. Suskind's book."

The denial, however, directly contradicts Richer's own remarks in the transcript.

"Now this is from the Vice President's Office is how you remembered it--not from the president?" Suskind asked.

"No, no, no," Richer replied, according to the transcript. "What I remember is George [Tenet] saying, 'we got this from'--basically, from what George said was 'downtown.'"

"Which is the White House?" Suskind asked.

"Yes," Richer said. "But he did not--in my memory--never said president, vice president, or NSC. Okay? But now--he may have hinted--just by the way he said it, it would have--cause almost all that stuff came from one place only: Scooter Libby and the shop around the vice president."

"But he didn't say that specifically," Richer added. "I would naturally--I would probably stand on my, basically, my reputation and say it came from the vice president."

"But there wasn't anything in the writing that you remember saying the vice president," Suskind continued.

"Nope," Richer said.

"It just had the White House stationery."

"Exactly right."

Later, Richer added, "You know, if you've ever seen the vice president's stationery, it's on the White House letterhead. It may have said OVP (Office of the Vice President). I don't remember that, so I don't want to mislead you."

Suskind says decision to post transcript unusual

Suskind posted the transcript at his blog, saying, "This posting is contrary to my practice across 25 years as a journalist. But the issues, in this matter, are simply too important to stand as discredited in any way." It was first picked up by ThinkProgress and Congressional Quarterly's Jeff Stein.

Suskind's new book asserts that senior Bush officials ordered the CIA to forge a document "proving" that Saddam Hussein had been trying to manufacture nuclear weapons and was collaborating with al Qaeda. The alleged result was a faked memorandum from then chief of Saddam's intelligence service Tahir Jalil Habbush dated July 1, 2001, and written to Hussein.

The bogus memo claimed that 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta had received training in Baghdad but also discussed the arrival of a "shipment" from Niger, which the Administration claimed had supplied Iraq with yellowcake uranium -- based on yet another forged document whose source remains uncertain.

The memo subsequently was treated as fact by the British Sunday Telegraph, and cited by William Safire in his New York Times column, providing fodder for Bush's efforts to take the US to war.

The Sunday Telegraph cited the main source for its story on Iraq's 9/11 involvement as Ayad Allawi, a former Baathist who rebelled against Saddam and was appointed a government position after the US occupation.

Nothing in the story explains how an Iraqi politician was privy to the fake memo, but the New York Times column alluded to Allawi and described him as "an Iraqi leader long considered reliable by intelligence agencies."

"To characterize it right," Richer also declares in the transcript, "I would say, right: it came to us, George had a raised eyebrow, and basically we passed it on--it was to--and passed this on into the organization. You know, it was: 'Okay, we gotta do this, but make it go away.' To be honest with you, I don't want to make it sound--I for sure don't want to portray this as George jumping: 'Okay, this has gotta happen.' As I remember it--and, again, it's still vague, so I'll be very straight with you on this--is it wasn't that important. It was: 'This is unbelievable. This is just like all the other garbage we get about . . . I mean Mohammad Atta and links to al Qaeda. 'Rob,' you know, 'do something with this.' I think it was more like that than: 'Get this done.'"

Magazine asserts Feith created bogus document

Today, The American Conservative also published a report saying that the forgery was actually produced by then-Defense Undersecretary Douglas Feith's Office of Special Plans, citing an unnamed intelligence source. The source reportedly added that Suskind's overall claim "is correct."

"My source also notes that Dick Cheney, who was behind the forgery, hated and mistrusted the Agency and would not have used it for such a sensitive assignment," the magazine wrote. "Instead, he went to Doug Feith's Office of Special Plans and asked them to do the job. … It was Feith's office that produced the letter and then surfaced it to the media in Iraq. Unlike the [Central Intelligence] Agency, the Pentagon had no restrictions on it regarding the production of false information to mislead the public. Indeed, one might argue that Doug Feith's office specialized in such activity."

More of Suskind's transcripts are available here

Nagasaki Headline and article Ny Times 9 August 1945

Front Page Image

Atom Bomb Loosed on Nagasaki

2d Big Aerial Blow
Japanese Port Is Target in Devastating New Midday Assault
Result Called Good
Foe Asserts Hiroshima Toll Is 'Uncountable' -- Assails 'Atrocity'

Soviet Declares War on Japan: Russia Aids Allies: Joins Pacific Struggle After Spurning Foe's Mediation Flea: Seeks Early Peace: Molotoff Reveals Move Three Months After Victory in Europe

Attacks Manchuria, Tokyo Says: Red Army Strikes: Foes Reports First Blow by Soviet Forces on Asian Frontier: Key Points Bombed: Action Believed Aimed to Free Vladivostok Area of Threat

Truman to Report to People Tonight on Big 3 and War: Half-Hour Speech by Radio to Cover a Wide Range of Problems Facing the World: He Signs Peace Charter: And Thus Makes This Country the First to Complete All Ratification Requirements

Foreigners Asked to Stay Home

Tammany Ousts Last of Rebels: County Committee Ratifies Executive Group's Action -- Meeting Picketed

Allies Cut Austria Into Four Zones With Vienna Under Joint Control

385 B-29's Smash 4 Targets in Japan: Tokyo Arsenal and Aircraft Plant Are Seared -- Fukuyama and Yawata Cities Ripped

U.S. Third Fleet Attacking Targets in Northern Honshu

Truman Reveals Move of Moscow: Announces War Declaration Soon After Russian Action -- Capital Is Started

Tokyo 'Flashes' News 3 Hours After Event

4 Powers Call Aggression Crime in Accord Covering War Trials

Guam, Thursday, Aug. 9 -- Gen. Carl A. Spaatz announced today that a second atomic bomb had been dropped, this time on the city of Nagasaki, and that crew members reported "good results."

The second use of the new and terrifying secret weapon which wiped out more than 60 percent of the city of Hiroshima and, according to the Japanese radio, killed nearly every resident of that town, occurred at noon today, Japanese time. The target today was an important industrial and shipping area with a population of about 258,000.

The great bomb, which harnesses the power of the universe to destroy the enemy by concussion, blast and fire, was dropped on the second enemy city about seven hours after the Japanese had received a political "roundhouse punch" in the form of a declaration of war by the Soviet Union.

Vital Transshipment Point

Guam, Thursday, Aug. 9 (AP) -- Nagasaki is vitally important as a port for transshipment of military supplies and the embarkation of troops in support of Japan's operations in China, Formosa, Southeast Asia, and the Southwest Pacific. It was highly important as a major shipbuilding and repair center for both naval and merchantmen.

The city also included industrial suburbs of Inase and Akunoura on the western side of the harbor, and Urakami. The combined area is nearly double Hiroshima's.

Nagasaki, although only two-thirds as large as Hiroshima in population, is considered more important industrially. With a population now estimated at 258,000, its twelve square miles are jam-packed with the eave-to-eave buildings that won it the name of "sea of roofs."

General Spaatz's communique reporting the bombing did not say whether one or more than one "mighty atom" was dropped.

Hiroshima a 'City of Dead'

The Tokyo radio yesterday described Hiroshima as a city of ruins and dead "too numerous to be counted," and put forth the claim that the use of the atomic bomb was a violation of international law.

The broadcast, made in French and directed to Europe, came several hours after Tokyo had directed a report to the Western Hemisphere for consumption in America asserting that "practically all living things, human and animal, were literally seared to death" Monday, when the single bomb was dropped on the southern Honshu city.

The two broadcasts, recorded by the Federal Communications Commission, stressed the terrible effect of the bomb on life and property.

European listeners were told that "as a consequence of the use of the new bomb against the town of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, most of the town has been completely destroyed and there are numerous dead and wounded among the population."

The United States Strategic Air Forces reported yesterday that 60 per cent of the city had been destroyed.]

"The destructive power of these bomb is indescribable," the broadcast continued, "and the cruel sight resulting from the attack is so impressive that one cannot distinguish between men and women killed by the fire. The corpses are too numerous to be counted.

"The destructive power of this new bombs spreads over a large area. People who were outdoors at the time of the explosion were burned alive by high temperature while those who were indoors were crushed by falling buildings."

Authorities still were "unable to obtain a definite check-up on the extent of the casualties" and "authorities were having their hands full in giving every available relief possible under the circumstances," the broadcast continued.

In the destruction of property even emergency medical facilities were burned out, Tokyo said, and relief squads were rushed into the area from all surrounding districts.

The Tokyo radio also reported that the Asahi Shimbun had made "a strong editorial appeal" to the people of Japan to remain calm in facing the use of the new type of bomb and renew pledges to continue to fight.

[A special meeting of the Japanese Cabinet was called at the residence of Premier Kantaro Suzuki to hear a preliminary report on the damage, The United Press said.]

A Propaganda Front

Voice broadcasts and wireless transmissions aimed at North America and Europe during the day apparently were trying to establish a propaganda point that the bombings should be stopped.

For example, a Tokyo English language broadcast to North America, accusing American leaders of fomenting an "atrocity campaign" in order "to create the impression that the Japanese are cruel people," as preparation for intensive Allied bombing of Japan, took up the subject of atomic bombing, and described it as "useless cruelty" that "may have given the United States war leaders guilty consciences."

"They may be afraid that their illegal and useless and needless bombing may eventually bring protest from the American people unless some means of hardening them can be provided," the broadcast continued.

The broadcast to the United States went on to ask: "How will the United States war leaders justify their degradation, not only in the eyes of the other peoples but also in the eyes of the American people? How will these righteous-thinking American people feel about the way their war leaders are perpetuating this crime against man and God?"

"Will they condone the whole thing on the ground that everything is fair in love and war or will they rise in anger and denounce this blot on the honor and tradition and prestige of the American people?"

The broadcast said that "authorized quarters in Tokyo made the following statement on Aug. 8 with regard to the United States disregard for humanity:

"International law lays down the principle that belligerent nations are not entitled to unlimited choice in the means by which to destroy their opponents.

"This is made clear by Article 22 of The Hague Convention. Consequently, any attack by such means against open towns and defenseless citizens are unforgivable actions. The United States ought to remember that at the beginning of the fighting in China, it protested to Japan on numerous occasions in the name of humanity against smaller raids carried out by Japan."

[Article 22 of The Hague Convention of 1907 Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land states: "The right of belligerents to adopt means of injuring the enemy is not unlimited."]

The Tokyo announcer used the French phrase "villes demilitarises," or "open towns," although Hiroshima was known to be a quartermaster depot and a garrison town of considerable military importance.

The description of the havoc followed the line offered earlier in the broadcast to the United States, the "disastrous ruin" that struck the city, crushed houses and buildings, and "all of the dead and injured were burned beyond recognition," said the broadcast.

Back to the top of this page.
Back to today's page.
Go to another day.
Front Page Image Provided by UMI

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Before “Curveball”: The “After” Effects Poetry of Baseball, the Radio, Espionage, & Hiroshima---Moe Berg, Jack Spicer, Araki Yasusada


Before "Curveball": 


The "After" Effects Poetry of Baseball, Espionage & the Fire & A-Bombings of Japan




"Wall Shadow made by the Light of a New Sun of Terror"
d-b Chirot


Moe Berg: Spicerian Catcher, Radio Star & Spy



     One of the more truly strange and fascinating figures in the annals of
spydom, polylinguistics, newspaper and book addictions, a friend of the
rich and famous, of scientists, writers and social lights,  is the
professional baseball player Moe Berg,  of whom two adult bios and one
juvenile readers' accounts have been penned.  (ESPN also made a good
video bio.)

     Since he was a lifetime catcher, (after an early-in-career injury,
solely used as a backup, often third string; a weak hitter, with very good
defense, which, as with so many backup catchers, permitted him to have a long career), Berg may be thought of as one part of Jack Spicer's Poetry battery
of pitcher and catcher.

     As a member of a team of mainly All Star players sent to Japan in 1934
(he'd also gone in '33), Berg, while the team played in another city,
took a tour of Tokyo during which he ascended to the top of  a building
and took movie camera footage of the harbor and important buildings of
the capital city.  These images were later to be Berg's entree into the early
days of the OSS, and proved invaluable for the targetings of Gen. "Jimmy" Doolittle's firebombing raids over Tokyo.  Berg's espionage career culminated in another form of "bombing mission" when he was sent—armed with a gun for an assassination if necessary/possible--to attend a war time lecture by the great German Physicist Heisenberg in Switzerland and bring back a report of it.  Berg's understanding of German—and physics-- was considered good enough for him to be able to detect any evidence of Heisenberg's working on a Nazi A-bomb.

Berg was a bizarre character who grew progressively stranger and more
deliberately "mysterious" in later life, letting it be thought that he
was still an agent, while actually having been let go after the OSS
began to turn into the CIA.

Due to his obsessive reading of newspapers--which he would not let
anyone else touch until he had read them, as until then they were
"alive"--and to his wide reading in obscure topics, Berg became famous in
the mid 1930's as a guest on "Information Please" Quiz Shows on the
radio.  The weird combination of a baseball player with the knowledge
of a "professor" made him a huge favorite.  To the end of his life he
was able to live off of friends and in their homes due to his early
celebrity and "connections" across many strati of society.

Berg always let it be known that he studied and mastered many
languages--though it is unclear how much he really knew or could
speak.  He was able to create a myth about himself which gave him
freedom from a life of having to do much work (many years of his career he played
in very few games), and at the same a dependence on others, opening and
closing many strange doors during his life.

 Berg was able to exist in seemingly disparate worlds
by the continual manipulation of his self-created image of a man who
was very good with words—"words for every occasion,"-- the vast vocabulary of the memorizer of
mountains of information, from the most trivial, obscure and dull   to
the most significant, useful, and interesting.  Adding to this his
self-created aura of a quick-study learner of a great number of
languages 'dead' and living, Berg was able to wow others impressed by
words, from sports writers and PR radio people to professional
lecturers, "experts," and his bosses in the OSS.  These in turn
promoted him professionally and personally.  


Berg literally became a man who lived by his wits via
the creation of a persona who existed only in language.  His
biographers note that as the years went by, the chasm between his
outward persona, with its vast vocabularies, and his inner
"emptiness" as an actual person, grew ever wider.  The illusions he
performed became ever harder to sustain, and the limits of his actual
world grew smaller and smaller.

Via the ambiguities of his actual knowledge of languages and
vocabularies, roots and grammars, long before he became a
professional spy, Berg had created such a niche for himself.  When he
skipped a ball game to take clandestine films, he was in a sense
"projecting himself" via these images into his future role as a
surveillance-being, a hired listener and reader, a hired "catcher" of
(stolen) signs from the "pitcher" of the opposing team.

A graduate of Princeton, the third string catcher and radio star, the
ambiguous newspaper addict and obscure book collector Mr. Berg became
involved in the A-bomb saga begun by one of Princeton's
most famed future Professors, Albert Einstein.

And at the heart of all these events is the activity of words employed
in both a "foreign service" and in the service of the creation of a
persona who existed sporadically in the "Objectivist" poetry of
baseball  box scores and much more of the time "under cover" among "shadowy" and "shadowing"
rhizomes, among the "Curveballs" of languages, words, and signs.  Moving quietly on his huge flat feet among the "stolen signs" and "moving pictures" Berg was creating
interconnections between baseball diamonds and the fissioning of
atomic particles linking the USA and Japan.  Interconnections whose fissionings find their particles emerging in poetries  by a proliferating series of poets living, dead, fictional, ghostly and creating "translated" works "After" each other.

Walking quietly, listening closely in an impersonation of a person listening closely, Berg played the parts he had created for himself, which he watched himself performing, as though a witness to his own actions via the eyes of others, those who would be implanted in memory with the aura of his ever growing legend. The third string catcher who had enjoyed celebrity via the radio quiz shows, moved stealthily enough to be noticed by his "audience" of superiors, from studio and stadium to the greatest stage of all, the Theater of War.  And, much more in keeping with his mysterious existence as a "professorial" as well as "professional" ball player, he performed the all important yet behind the scenes—as though on radio, unseen to the listeners-task of amassing the information to be divulged via the greatest quiz show of them all---that of espionage at the most critical and intellectual challenging level-- the as yet closely guarded "secret" of physicists and engineers, the Atomic Bomb.


Working to see if the Germans had the makings of a Bomb, Berg all
along carried within him the cinematic and linguistic seeds of the
Bomb's ultimate destinations in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, thanks to his All Star home movies, which functioned now as "projections" on to a screen not yet known to anyone.  


In a strange way indeed, Moe Berg is actually a "deep cover" player in
the baseball/Hiroshima poetry connections found within Jack Spicer's
work, and made fully explicit by that would-be author of an "After
Spicer" work,  the fictional Araki Yasusada, in the poem "Horsehide and Sunspot, 17
July 1968--Hiroshima Municipal Stadium."



On the diamond where a temple once stood.


As seventy thousand voices are fused by a sphere and.


{along margin, written horizontally Don't forget shrimp for Shimpei


A corolla of screams ringing absence is viscerally real.


And, so, like a sunspot, is baseball.

From the baseball diamond of Princeton where Einstein later teaches,
via a clandestine film made while playing hooky from a ball game, to
the Candlestick Park of the pitchers and catchers of Spicer's radio
broadcast games, to the fictional poet attending a game in Hiroshima
Stadium, one finds the famously flat-footed radio star, spy and
catcher, language-obsessed, walking through the 20th century's atomic
Holocaust of fissioning, fusioning, fall out  particles of atoms and
poetry, box scores, coded messages, screaming headlines, obscure and
trivial '"faits divers" and a landscape of writing in which the
"writing on the wall" is the physically embedded shadow of the last
living instant of a human being.

From a moving picture image to a shadow fixed in concrete by the light
flash of a never before seen sun. .  .



Or does the flame cast shadows?

          At Hiroshima, I hear, the shadows of  the victims were as if

          photographed into concrete building blocks.

Or does it flicker? Or are we both candles and fingers?

          Or do they both point us to the grapheme on the concrete wall—

The space between it

Where the shadow and the flame are one?


(Jack Spicer, from Language, Graphemics 6)


Baseball games seen by the eyes of a participant/ bench warming
player, heard on the radio by a poet of Outside, observed by a
fictional poet created by a pseudonymous "late" writer . . .


(The purported Author of the Yasusada texts is the pseudonymous "Tosu Motokiyu," who is originally listed as an editor and translator of Yasusada's works into English, and later on , when  it is "revealed" that he is indeed the "real Author" of the fictional Yasusada Oeuvre,  it is also revealed that he is already dead, and it that  his Will  to continue to exist posthumously as his pseudonym, his "real identity" to be kept secret by the inheritors of the MS.)

This trajectory of reading and writing moves through identities real,
imagined, covert, pseudonymous, dead, ghostly, Outside . . . writers
and readers that are themselves  fissions, fusions, recorded images
and voices, receivers and transmitters of the ghostly, the Outside,
the dead, the living-dead, the imagined, the hallucinated, the
Shocked, the voluntarily or not covert . . . among forgeries and
doublespeak--propaganda and prayers--

a trajectory of energy, mass and light speeding towo/ards a shadow
embedded in concrete--

not a "writing ON the wall"--but a writing IN the wall--

a concrete shadow in three dimensions of a light eclipsing the sun in
broad daylight--

And in its --or "under cover" of its—Mushroom  Cloud darkness are all the words ever
written so intermingled that they have become --unreadable--or are they now
being transmitted in an Other way from this cipher of/at the edge, of the
"last instant"-


What sounds come forth from the depths within the
wall--or have they all become at once both  "concrete" and "shadow"- . . .


Concrete and shadow transmitting a language from the other side of silence and a flash of light—


A poetry without poets—which via the long long time of its Fall Out—scatters the radiated particles which begin to form into poets—


The "unknown poet" Moe Berg –who creates unwittingly a particle, a part, a role, which mysteriously and unnamed, unrecognized—finds itself in the ghostly exchanges of the dead Lorca and the Spicer who "translates" him and writes "After" him---and these ghostly particles radiating in turn  into that fictional poet who creates works which contain Spicer as a "participant," writes works written as an "After Spicer"—and which, like Spicer's letters to the dead Lorca—contain the fictional Yasusada's letters to the dead Spicer—


Concrete and shadow as one being—


Transmitting from the other side of silence and light—


Radio ballgames  . . . haunting the American poets who are its catchers, its receivers--


"Nature is a haunted house," Emily Dickinson wrote," and Art a house that tries to be haunted."


Are Japanese Hiroshima and Nagasaki poets—living within the haunted house—

Created by Americans—


Living in a Haunted House of Nature created by means which are "Unnatural"--


While American poets created by Fall Out are simply trying to be haunted?—


Or are the poets perhaps finding themselves via transmissions attending to, attentive with, the ghosts who are otherwise denied existence—

A haunting which appears and disappears in poetry—

A poetry without poets which via transmissions haunts a "receptive" being and creates in that being its own poets—


Themselves forms of concrete and shadow—communicating with the dead, with the "After Effects" of dead writers to whom they write—and which After Effects create fictional poets of pseudonymous origin in turn writing to dead poets—


Radio ballgames from which the slow footed catcher and radio star emerges,


Bearing within him the proto-poetries of the After effects which will by a "reverse engineering" find him as one of their own, a camouflaged and disguised play actor in a Theater of Real War—


An unrecognized "non- poet" poet who is a "real ancestor" ghost so to speak haunting the American poets and their colloquies with the dead . . .


A non-poet poet who unrecognized is inhabiting the poetry of poets real and fictional, dead and living—


The maker of clandestine home movies which when projected blast their way through screens and into the Fire Bombings of Tokyo (for which General Doolittle used them in planning the attacks) and the Atomic blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki—


Stealing signs cinematic and verbal—the catcher is an undercover pitcher, a transmitter—a "receiving" camera turned projector—


Whose images turn into concrete and shadow—


Presence of absence of the being who is casting the shadow—


A flash of light which extinguishes a life and preserves its shadow--—


Bringing into contact absent and present poets—shadow and concrete—



Shadow and concrete of a poetry without poets whose transmissions make of its receivers -- poets—of "After Effects" --




"Concrete Wall-Shadow"  --d-b Chirot


Spray paint, concrete mix, fire burns, figure made of outline of a photo of a survivor of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-Bombings


"Post-Game Show" Notes:


Both the bios for adults of Moe Berg are very good, the other I have
yet to read.  Moe Berg is also the only person one may find having
bios at such sites as Famous Jewish-Americans, the CIA website and
many baseball sites and some other espionage ones.

Catchers often later in life become radio announcers and managers.  The
only one who is a kind of relative of Moe Beg is Bob Uecker, the Hall
of Fame broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers, also a star of the
Johnny Carson Show and the TV sit com Mr. Belvedere.  Like Berg,
Uecker was a famously mediocre hitter--he had a "perfect". 200
average--the only pitcher he could hit was, inexplicably, Sandy
Koufax-- --and also very good defensively.  He, unlike Berg, was able
to use his gift with words as a stand up comedian and a writer--his
Catcher in the Wry is a fun read.


Part Two


Moe Berg grew up in Newark, NJ--(the Newark he knew and grew old
to feel an alien in of another poetry connection, The System of Dante's
Hell--of Amiri Baraka/Leroi Jones--and the old Jihad Record Label
from same city--)--his father and mother, Jewish immigrants from
Russia wanted him to be a lawyer or teacher.  He did indeed pass the
Law Bar, attending Columbia part time--and briefly the Sorbonne, in
philology,  but did very little work--as little as possible--in that
direction.  His real ticket from Princeton, he was convinced, was
baseball.   This he proved to be true--though his father never attended
any of his Professional games—ever.

A"print" connection with the baseball catcher-and-pitcher obsessed poet Jack Spicer is Berg's penning of an essay on
"Pitchers and Catchers" for the Atlantic monthly--
as well as the radio connection via Information Please--

those appearances on the air,  answering questions like the meaning of
"loi" and the "Willie-Nicky exchange" (telegrams between the cousins
the Kaiser and Czar)--followed Our Man the rest of his life--people
always asking him some bit of trivia or the meaning of a foreign word
on a menu at a posh club--while you'd get wise guys from the stands
hollering--"recite Leviticus!"--

his boss at the OSS was the famous William "Wild Bill" Donovan--a name
not unlike those of the ballplayers Moe traveled among for fifteen

Casey Stengel, one of the greatest spontaneous poets of baseball via
his "Stengelese" --called Berg--"the question mark
fella"--because of his studious practice of "mysteriousness"--

bizarrely and sadly, once no longer a spy officially, Berg made every
effort to appear to others as a spy--

the last thing an undercover spy would do--or would they?--maybe , he
let people know in a half hinted way--his cover was to be so obviously
a spy--

since it was all harmless, the OSS-turned CIA let Berg play along at
this for decades until his death in 1972

(his last words--perhaps in code?--were:  "how did the Mets do tonight?")

the progression from Moe Berg the language-obsessed ball player and
spy to a name dropping hinter-at-being-a-spy straight out of a spy
comedy film--to Spicer with his radio ball games and Outside voices,
Martian Language--to Yasusada--the fictional Spicer-obsessed poet
writing a poem of baseball and the atom bomb present at the Hiroshima
Stadium during a game--

is a form of poetry created by the leakage of language through the
cracks and "fault lines," "between the lines of the bases" and "via
the air waves" among the  continually proliferating anarkeyological
strati of time's erosions and corrosions of words among the
mineral-chemical deposits--
and their "after effects" whether it is Spicer's "After Lorca,"
Yasusada's "After Spicer" or oneself penning as it were an "After
Yasusada" encountering the figure of Moe Berg


--skipping a ball game to
film Tokyo for an as yet non-existent spy service for whom he was to
be intimately  involved in the story of the atomic bomb--(the films
later used by Gen Jimmy Doolittle for aids in the firebombing of
whose after effects as well known images of shadows of figures
embedded in walls  in turn are found in Spicer and
Yasusada--traversing the real, the not yet real, the "After" Effects of
the real, its fall out-(including the radiation sickness which kills Yasusada's daughter, and the cancer which later kills him)---and transmutation via  a "real poet" of  the
"real" Outside--into the poetry of a fictional poet created by a
pseudonymous "author"--

through these leakages, poetry moves, overflowing the "bounds of the
mighty world"--while at the same time maintaining a focus with the
clarity of a (baseball) diamond--a diamond cutter, cutting through
the glass separating the living and the dead, the real and the unreal,
the statistical and the fictional . . . within this diamond with its
ball games, called by Berg "my theater"--where the catcher "wears a
mask"--and by which theater Berg learned to wear also the rest of his
life kimonos at home--there are the other dramatis personae--the
masks donned and created  by Spicer, Yasusada--in various of their
guises--in which history, espionage, come together in a flash
illuminated by the atomic explosion, raining death and particles (the
air so thick with them--atomic winds and rain, the sucking up of dust
to form the immense mushroom)--so that language itself is inhabited by
a Fall Out--and consequent "after effects of radiation"--producing
these writers of "After" books--now producing their own "After" books,
poems, and

--this writing you are now reading, After effect itself of
these readings--with "cult" baseball players and "Occult" poets also
"cult" figures in themselves--congregating among the shadows in a
darkening room--
as it dawns on one suddenly--
is it any wonder to be found inside this leakage of language, physics,
radiations, --ball games played, radio-heard, fictionally observed--
as, after all, one's  own, my own, father was a student of Heisenberg,
the figure at
the center of the highlight of Berg's espionage career--

as Heraclitus writes in a surviving fragment that has leaked through
anarkeyological strati and time--

"one cannot hide from that which never sets"—


That  New Sun whose rays eclipse those of the Old, and in so doing create shadows which are  concrete, "embodiments" at once of "an instant" and "eternity"---


A literalization of Baudelaire's formulation—the first—of Modernity as that which is eternal in the ephemeral;  a concrete shadow  as the notation of a light flash in which occurs the instant in which the ephemerality of life is

joined in union with the eternity of death.


And out of this union paradoxically created by fissioning, emerges a poetry of the "After Effects" of an organic, living body being "in a flash" changed into a concrete shadow.  A Poetry in which the slow footed Catcher, spy, radio star, obsessive reader and sometime cameraman is "projected" into the

"radioactive half lives" of  Spicer "After" Lorca and Yasusada "After" Spicer and now this present writing as an After Yasusada finding Yasusada After Spicer, Spicer After Lorca, as a series  linking all Spicer and Yasusada via baseball, radio and Hiroshima with Moe Berg, whose links with baseball, radio and Heisenberg in turn link to this writer as an After Effect  receiving and transmitting in turn these signals brought by the Fall Out of  a concrete Wall shadow, the radioactive notation of an appearance of the New Extreme Experimental American Poetry----


A poetry in which the  military origins of the "avant garde" rejoin their poetic and  artistic "namesakes," in which a Flash of Light illuminating a concrete shadow "sees, as through a glass, darkly" a New Extreme Experimental American Poetry in which  Art is a House Haunted by basement torture chambers, just above which are the gilded literary salons of "radical" and "mainstream" poetries obsessed with formal arrangements, whose "liberatory openings" allow for an escape from the sounds of screaming just below their feet.



"When You Have to Leave America To Be Free" Sami Al'Arian, Aquittaed 2 Years Ago, Still in Prison due to AIPAC Pressure (with repost 8/2/08 entry)

The US Justice System, already riddled by double standards, has these doubly compounded by AIPAC's interference.

'When You Have To Leave America To Be Free':

"This all stems from AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee]," Gravel told IPS. Lawmakers are afraid of offending the powerful lobbying group -- which supports a hard-line position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in line with Israel's right-wing Likud Party

This is a related article, reposted from last Saturday, 2 August 08

Saturday, August 02, 2008
The Ongoing Persecution of Sami al-Arian By ALEXANDER COCKBURN

The Ongoing Persecution of Sami al-Arian


There are few prospects in the justice system so grimly awful as when the feds decide never to let go. Rebuffed in their persecutions of some target by juries, or by contrary judges, they shift ground, betray solemn agreements, dream up new stratagems to exhaust their victims, drive them into bankruptcy, despair and even suicide. They have all the money and all the time in the world.

Posted by David-Baptiste Chirot at 6:02 PM 0 comments

Israeli Video: The Horror of Israeli Occupation

The Horror Of Israeli Occupation
West Bank Checkpoints
5 Minute Video
 A video clip that dramatically portrays the meeting of Israeli solders and Palestinians at controversial West Bank security checkpoints. This clip is taken from "Land of the Settlers", the acclaimed documentary developed by Chaim Yavin, Israel's premier news anchor.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Video: "Bomba Atômica 6 de Agosto de 1945"

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself help center | e-mail options | report spam

DBChirot has shared a video with you on YouTube:

Bomba Atômica de hiroshima e Nagasaki
© 2008 YouTube, LLC

Video: Japan, Films of Hiroshima, 1946/08/05 (1946)"

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself help center | e-mail options | report spam

DBChirot has shared a video with you on YouTube:

1) Japanese Films of atomic bomb blast at Hiroshima, released one year later
2) Underwater atom blast rocks Bikini (line down middle of film frames) Admiral Blandy commander of task force, 2nd test of Operation Crossroads, cameras point to site of underwater explosion Test Baker, mushroom cloud of explosion, carrier Saratoga finally sinks, another view of the blast from overhead airplane. (sound track cuts out at very end)
© 2008 YouTube, LLC

Video: "Francis Bacon painting"

YouTube - Broadcast Yourself help center | e-mail options | report spam

DBChirot has shared a video with you on YouTube:

Ever since I became one with my Francis Bacon obsession, I have been seeing him every where.
© 2008 YouTube, LLC

Monday, August 04, 2008

AlterNet: Iraq in Pictures-BAGHDAD CALLING - review, images & links--Using Cellphones, Iraqis Record their Daily Reality

Iraq in Pictures

The dangerous face of ordinary life has been captured by Iraqis on their cell phones.

To Provoke War & NOT To: Cheney Considered Using Navy Seals to Fake Iranian Attack/Israel Warned Not to Create "USS Liberty Pt II"

To Provoke War: Cheney Considered Dressing Navy Seals as Iranians and Shooting at Them

Seymour Hersh explains Cheney's covert plans.

Mullen Warns Against USS Liberty Redux

By Press TV

The top American military officer has warned Israel against orchestrating 'USS Liberty Part II' to provoke a US-led war against Iran.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

from Luc Fierens: Mail ArtAction Call by Ghislain Olivier in support of Phillipe Pissier, charged wwith sending "Obscene " postcards

(Note Correspondance of Phillipe Pissier and Thierry Tillier appears on this blog below--scroll down--)

> dear fluxists,
> many of you are also mail-artists, please read this carefully, in France a mail-artist Philippe Pissier will be prosecuted because of receiving a mailing with some tits on it. We live in 2008?
> Another Belgian artist ghislain olivier asks all mail-artists and artists to start a support mail-artaction to send mail-art to the Postoffices of Cahors who
> were so stupid to apply old laws concerning obscenity ..?
> "Q"
> mail art action
> no deadline
> send to
> La Poste (Centre de Tri)
> 80, Rue Hautesserre
> F-460000 Cahors France

> &
> La Poste (Conseillers Spécialisés)
> 55, Rue gabriel Niel, 46000 Cahors FRANCE

thanks for your action, but i made a mistake in the translation. 

The artist (Pissier) has been noticed by the postoffices because of sending out  so-called "obscene" postcards.

 But i guess we all received some mailings  like this in the old days of mail-art (some mail-artshows have erotic themes, why not) . 
Most of these mail-artists are no perverts or sexists or sadists but just playing with the imagination but censorship
probably only hits individuals and no corporate companies (see the sado maso advertising  of  YSL and "Hard Candy" of Madonna.)

When you see the billboards of lingerie in Europe you would not think this is possible.
but yes.
Merci encore

Luc Fierens