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
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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, December 13, 2008

Chirot: Through the chink in the Fence

Through the chink in the Fence

For Petra

through the chink in the fence--

a strip of sky & earthen wall--

in what faraway land

among hostile forests--

to sit in someone else's room
among books not mine
& write about the sky

to pen ghosts' writings,
take dictations

of phantom songs

the untold, the unwritten
hidden in plain sight

YOUR CHILDREN--Alexis Grigoropoulos--Poem written by children for his funeral

This is a translation of a tleaflet that was circulated at the funeral
of Alexis Grigoropoulos. It was written by school children:

We are not terrorists, yobs, thugs.
We are known, but still unknown.
We make dreams, don’t kill our dreams!We are impetuous, do not kill
our impetuosity!
Once you too were young.
Now you chase money, you only care for image, you got fatter and lost
your hair.
We expected that you would support us.
We expected that you will show some interest, that for once you will
make us proud.
You live fake lives, you have bended your heads down, you have dropped
your trousers and you are waiting for the day you will die.
Where are our parents?
Where are the intellectuals and artists?
Why aren’t they outside to protect us?


Hakan Akcura

Video: Convoy of Death & US Silence as Afghan Ally Removes War Crime Evidence

U.S. Keeps Silent as Afghan Ally Removes War Crime Evidence
By Tom Lasseter
Seven years ago, a convoy of container trucks rumbled across northern Afghanistan loaded with a human cargo of suspected Taliban and al Qaida members who'd surrendered to Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, an Afghan warlord and a key U.S. ally in ousting the Taliban regime.
In case you missed it:
Afghan Massacre : The Convoy of Death
In Afghanistan, filmmaker Jamie Doran has uncovered evidence of a massacre: Taliban prisoners of war suffocated in containers, shot in the desert under the watch of American troops.

As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities:

As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities: Voltaire

The tale of the slaughter at Wounded Knee in South Dakota is [an] example too well known to require detailed repeating here, but what is less well known about that massacre is that, a week and a half before it happened, the editor of the South Dakota's Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer -- a gentle soul named L. Frank Baum, who later became famous as the author of The Wizard of Oz -- urged the wholesale extermination of all America's native peoples: "The nobility of the Redskin is extinguished, and what few are left are a pack of whining curs who lick the hand that smites them. The Whites, by law of conquest, by justice of civilization, are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of the frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians. Why not annihilation? Their glory has fled, their spirit broken, their manhood effaced; better that they should die than live the miserable wretches that they are.": David E. Stannard

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Winter 2009 Issue of Presente Out in January 2009 Winter 2009The upcoming issue of Presente, the newspaper of the movement to close the SOA, will contain a lead story about H.I.J.O.S. (Hijos e Hijas por la Identidad y la Justicia contra el Olvido y el Silencio / Sons and Daughters for Identity and Justice against Forgetting and Silence), an organization of children whose parents "disappeared" in Guatemala. Furthermore, you will find a report-back from the prisoner of conscience delegation to Chile, important information about the February 2009 events to close the SOA in Washington, D.C. and much more.The cover photo was taken by James Rodríguez on the central plaza in Guatemala City on June 30, 2008.  
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We need more help to spread the word about the SOA. Would you be able to order and distribute 150 copies of the upcoming issue of Presente in Washington? If you are interested, please send an e-mail to by December 15th. The cost is $24 per box to cover printig and shipping costs. For ordering, please send a check or money order by mail to SOA Watch, PO BOX 4566, Washington, D.C. 20017 or use our PayPal link
Image Transforming Experience Building Supportive, Respectful, and Collaborative Relationships with Survivors of Human Rights Abuses
Local Organizing
Los Angeles When You Build It, They Will Come An amazing grassroots organizing effort brought the vigil to close the SOA to life in Los Angeles, California in January 2008.
Direct Action
Image A Place of Initiation Some say there is healing in remembrance. We remember our wounds so that we can make sense of them, acknowledge them, and then re-member ourselves in order to heal.
Barack Obama Petition to President Barack Obama As President, Barack Obama will have the power to issue an executive order to close the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC).
Image Eric J. Garcia Eric J. Garcia created the Hypocrisy editorial cartoon from page 2 in the Fall 2008 issue of Presente.

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MARIO LOPRETE--Arte & Design--Lasciare Il Segno--Opens Tonight 13 December-

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Inaugurazione sabato 13 dicembre 2008 ore 18.00

Mario Loprete-sedia dipinta ad olio-2008

Erica Campanella, Maurizio Cariati, Gianni Cella, Mario Loprete, Anna Madia, Vincenzo Marsiglia, Andrea Riga, Stella Tasca, Vittorio Valente.

Protagonisti dell'evento 9 Artisti che con le loro creazioni occupano l'open space personalizzandolo come un angolo della casa.

Tele, sedie, sculture e installazioni interagiscono per offrirci uno spaccato di arte contemporanea applicata al design.

Erica Campanella
propone una sedia ed una tela di ispirazione sacra, riportando in entrambe alcuni passi tratti dall'antico testamento e precisamente il momento della Creazione. Colore predominante l'oro.
Maurizio Cariati lascia il suo tipico segno anche su sedia dove una pancia estroflessa raffigurante una donna incinta prende forma.
Il titolo dell'opera"piccolo guarda il mare" simboleggia un momento di dolcezza e dialogo unico tra l'ambiente,la mamma e il nascituro.
Gianni Cella ci offre la sua vena ironica con delle maschere a parete ed un "candeliere mannaro" raffigurante un licantropo, il tutto grazie anche alla collaborazione dell'azienda Superego design di Asti.
Mario Loprete questa volta ci proietta con le sue tele nel mondo criminale; volutamente candido lo sfondo della sedia impreziosita da un jeans trompe l'oeil il tutto dipinto ad olio.
Anna Madia artista raffinata, nella sua pittura raffigura una icona femminile fiabesca lasciando il suo segno sia su tela che su sedia.
Vincenzo Marsiglia, noto astrattista, è presente con una serie di quadri ed un pezzo interattivo della serie "interactive star" il tutto dialogherà con una sedia adornata da un cuscino realizzato con un tessuto barocco dove l'artista ha lasciato il suo tipico logo. il pensiero dell'artista si può così sintetizzare: la staticità di una sedia che per mezzo del movimento della persona crea un movimento dell'opera.
Andrea Riga propone una sedia dipinta con una tecnica particolare, simile alla porcellana e al vetro, raffigurante il volto di un ragazzino, a parete presenta la sua pittura ricca di particolari, di velature e mai banale.
Stella Tasca ci coinvolge con le sue dolls su sedia a cui fa da sfondo un piccolo dittico raffigurante dei teatrini.
Vittorio Valente gioca con il silicone nei colori e nelle forme personalizzandolo sulle tele e su una sedia. La materia utilizzata catturerà sia la vista che il tatto.

Mostra eclettica e particolarmente interessante che vivrà il suo animo natalizio nell'albero reso "opera unica" dalle decorazioni ideate dagli artisti.

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Merci pour votre attention / Thank you for your attention


The team / L'équipe

Et tous les participants / And all the participants:

Julien Blaine
Bernard Heidsieck
Annie Abrahams
Lucille Calmel
Franck Ancel
Vincent Epplay
John M. Bennett
Jean François et Jérôme Blanquet
Allan Revich
Philippe Boisnard
Xavier Cariou
Damien Bénéteau
Simon Gris
Ismaïl Bahri
Anastasia Bolchakova
Pierre Louis Aouston
Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Simone Stoll
Daphné Bitchatch
Claudine Londre
Tristan Mory
Don Boyd
Pierre Charpy
Olivier Cans
Rei Dishon
Steve Stuart
Collectif Get(res)
Nicolas Carras
Philippe Rahmy
Luc Pelletier
Serge Hildebrandt
Eric Cassar
Thomas Rodriguez
Hervé Péchoux
Murat Onol
Chloé Duloquin
Sébastien Bourg
Marie Pierre Bufflier
Suzanne Brun
Jim Leftwich
Karim Kharbaoui
Viviana Murina

Video: Gaza... oh beloved Gaza

Gaza… oh beloved Gaza | Palestine Think Tankont>


Film "Chronicles of a Refugee" now available online..‏

Chronicles of a Refugee
by Adam Shapiro, Perla Issa, Aseel Mansour

Chronicles of a Refugee is a 6-part documentary film series looking at the global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years. Starting with 'al-Nakba' (catastrophe) in 1948 (part I) and continuing through repeated community and individual expulsions (part II) and enduring discrimination by virtue of being Palestinian (part III), the first three episodes are more historical and informative, presenting an almost comprehensive review of 60 years of dispossession.

The last three parts tackle many issues facing Palestinian refugees, and are meant to open up debate on taboo and contentious issues. Part IV deals with identity formation and the impact of being in diaspora. Part V looks at strategies for the Right of Return and who is doing what to achieve realization of this right. Part VI focuses on issues of leadership and representation, from the perspective of what kind of representation have Palestinians had over time and what do they want now.

Filmed in over 15 countries, with more than 250 interviews of Palestinian refugees who have lived in over 25 countries, this is the first documentary film to look at the global Palestinian refugee experience over the last 60 years. The film presents Palestinian refugees who were displaced in 1948 and their descendants, and includes the wide range of age, socio-economic status, education level, etc.

Disc 1
Part I: "Nakba Dailies" (79 minutes)
Part II: "Daily Nakbas" (89 mins.)
Disc 2
Part III: "Homeland Without ID (papers)" (79 mins.)
Part IV: "Identity Without a Homeland" (78 mins.)
Disc 3
Part V: "Talk About Return" (78 mins.)
Part VI: "Return of the Talk" (84 mins.)

Chronicles of a Refugee is an independently produced film made by Adam Shapiro, Perla Issa and Aseel Mansour, with a musical score by Ramallah Underground and Tarik "Excentrik" Kazaleh. Funding for the project was made possible through individual contributions and the film is in no way associated with any organization, political party, faction or otherwise.

Adam Shapiro is co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement, and has previously made the documentaries 'About Baghdad', 'Darfur Diaries', 'Becoming Nadya' and 'Nowhere to Flee'.

Perla Issa is a Palestinian from Lebanon, who recently produced a short documentary on Nahr Al-Bared. She also worked with Shapiro on the documentary 'Nowhere to Flee' and was part of the team that produced the documentary series, 'Arabs and Terrorism'.

Assel Mansour is an indpependant Palestinian filmmaker from Jordan. His filmography includes 'Little Feet', 'Nightmares of Reality', and 'Alert Guns' (co-directed).

10-minute preview on YouTube

The Daily Star (Lebanon): Weaving together the diverse narratives of Palestinians in exile
As-Safir (Arabic): 'Chronicles of a refugee' does what is the duty of the PLO to have done
Al-Akhbar (Arabic): "Chronicles of a refugee" documents the journey of diaspora

Screening Rights
Contact the filmmakers via e-mail

Chronicles of a refugee

Film Specs

Classification: Documentary series
Directed by: Adam Shapiro, Perla Issa, Aseel Mansour
Release date: December 2008
Length: 8 hours 7 mins. (split into 6 episodes on 3 DVD's)
Language: Arabic and English, with English subtit

Adam Shapiro & his wife Huwaida Arraf are co-founders of the Intl. Solidarity Mvt.(ISM).
His previous film was shot in Darfur. -AFS
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 8:44:24 PM
Subject: "Chronicles of a Refugee" now available online...purchase yours and give a gift to 5 families‏


I am pleased to inform you that my latest documentary work, "Chronicles of a Refugee" is available now for purchase online via our distributor, Palestine Online Store.  You can order by going to:

http://www.palestin eonlinestore. com/films/ chroniclesofaref ugee.html

This film series is an unprecedented effort; a kind of people's history of the Palestinian refugee experience on the global level.  Rather than focusing on one camp or one country, we filmed all over the world to put together a social history, and then to tackle some major issues facing Palestinians today, including difficult, often taboo subjects.

For both Palestinians and their solidarity supporters, this film will serve as a key point of discussion and debate, something we hope to achieve through various interactive mechanisms, including organized screenings in communities around the world.

For those who are interested in the region, this film serves as an intimate look at the lives of a people who have often been at the center of regional and global events, but who are often overlooked as individuals, families and people.

Please consider purchasing a copy for your family and letting others know as well.  Sales of the film will help subsidize free distribution of the film in refugee camps and in Gaza, and to any Palestinian family that cannot afford to pay.  We are keen to get this film series into each and every Palestinian household worldwide.

If you are interested in helping to organize screenings in your area, or if you would like to help in other ways (especially with translation! ), please let me know by writing to:


We also have a Facebook group for the film series set up at:

http://www.facebook .com/group. php?gid=36863209 131

And soon we will have a website up and running...If you are interested in updates and screenings, please also send me an email to the address above so i can add you to the announcement list (or sign up for the Facebook group).  The website will have an interactive feature, so that discussions can occur globally about the issues raised in the film.

Many thanks for your support and I hope you will consider purchasing a copy.

In solidarity,

Adam Shapiro

Friday, December 12, 2008

TAKE ACTION: Close School of Americas-- Rumsfeld Authorized Torture

  • Rumsfeld Authorized Torture: Take Action
  • Join the Presente Activist Distributor Network
  • February 2009: Come to Washington, DC
  • Work at SOA Watch
  • May/June 2009: Delegation to Paraguay

    Senate confirms Rumsfeld Authorized Torture

    Take Action: Ask President-elect Obama to Ban Torture and Close the School of the Americas

    Yesterday the US Senate released a report confirming that Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other senior US officials are responsible for authorizing torture at Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo Bay. Similarly, the torture manuals used at the School of the Americas/WHINSEC - made public in 1996 - were also authorized by the highest levels of the Pentagon in the early 1980s. Read the Reuters article here:

    TAKE ACTION: Please Call the Obama transition team and share the below message at 202-540-3000 - after instructions, press "2" to speak with the transition team.

    "President- elect Obama, as a member of the School of the Americas Watch - I ask that after you are inaugurated President that you issue executive orders to ban torture - no exceptions, close the School of the Americas/WHINSEC and close Guantanamo Bay."

    Please also take a moment to Contact President-elect Obama via his website to paste in the above message at:

    Join the Presente Activist Distributor Network
    Thank you for your participation in the campaign to shut down the School of the Americas (SOA/WHINSEC)!

    We need your help to spread the information about the SOA/WHINSEC and about the reality of U.S. foreign policy. To that end, we want to expand the network of activist distributors around the country to get the paper in as many hands as possible.

    Please visit the Presente webpage to learn more about the newspaper of the movement:

    You can order one box with 150 copies ($24 will cover the printing and shipping costs) via PayPal

    You can also e-mail your address to Rebecca at or give her a call in the office at 202-234-3440 (please place your order before December 17, 2008) and send a check or money order for $24 by mail to:

    SOA Watch
    PO Box 4566
    Washington, DC 20017

  • Save the Date! Come to Washington, DC in February 2009.
    SOA Watch, the Latin America Solidarity Coalition (LASC), and the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) are planning a gathering during Presidents Day weekend in February and a Lobby Day to Close the SOA the following Tuesday (February 17). The weekend will encompass a high-profile panel on issues of militarization in Latin America.

    Join the SOA Watch staff in Washington, DC
    Check out the SOA Watch webpage for internship and job openings in the SOA Watch office in DC. We are currently seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator as well as an intern for a three to four-month period.

    Being an intern at SOA Watch means becoming part of the staff, which is made up of paid, unpaid, full-time and part-time activists who are all dedicated to the work of the organization: standing in solidarity with the people of the Americas, working to close the SOA/ WHINSEC and changing US foreign policy.

    Click here to read the job and internship descriptions.

    Delegation to Paraguay
    SOA Watch is co-sponsoring a delegation to Paraguay in May/June 2009. Click here for an application to join the delegation.

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    Thursday, December 11, 2008

    DANIEL DE CULLA: Visual Poetry/Poesia Visual "por un curioso azar belico se encuentran en la Biblitoeca . . .. "

    Thank you very much to Daniel de Culla who sent this extraordinary series which begins with this unique historical-military-bibliographic discovery, found in the library of a Monastery--

    Through time, ever the wresting away, looting or destruction of texts via wars and censorships of competing ideologies, religions, States---

    "By the curious hazards of war, one finds in the Biblioteca del Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial various works by Arab authors, among them the Canon and the writings dedicated to its commentaries, with especially a very remarkable redacted text by the famous Cordoban Averroes . . .

    In 1612, the Spanish captain Pedro de Lora learned that Sultan Muley Zidan of Moracco was going to be moving his priceless library of 4,000 manuscripts comprising all the recorded Arab, Turkish, Persian and Hebrew sciences . . .

    In the heat of battle the Spanish soldiers . . . wrested away the bibliographical treasures which they put at the disposal of the Spanish monarch"

    Tonerworks Call for Artist Book Edition for The Visualit Booklet Series


    from Dorian Ribas Marinho

    Please note these two Calls have deadline of the the end of this month, December 2008

    and this with deadline of December 2010


    Wednesday, December 10, 2008

    Bangs, for Bucks, Poetry and Steel Reserve: re Don Share's comment re Harriet Blog

    Jenny Holzer--"Projections"

    "Dark at End" Ch. Bernstein


    "Exceptions to this non-ist non-ism are those "Making a Name for themselves" as the 'original Founders' who promote heavily the Hottest Item on the market--the obeisance to a disciplined practice of non-originality, non-individuality, non-authorship and non-authority as the conditions for creating what is "Authorized" as A New Avant Formalism of Conformity."

    “Bean bag chairs are becoming more and more widespread in the world of business as research companies have declared them conducive to a more productive environment than regular chairs.”

    Instead of the "troublesome" writers of previous eras, Conceptual Poetry offers an efficient, impersonal service worker, a copyist who unlike Bartleby will not "prefer not to," but "stay on the job" and simply do as is told via the directives and "Avant-Garde,"'Innovative" Conceptions of Conceptual Poets hired as Consultants.

    --db Chirot, from
    >Appendix B: Conceptual Poetry and the Work Place: the Death of the Author and the Birth of the Drone, A Science Fiction Poetics of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    presented in full below--

    This link arrived in the email today, sent by Kent Johnson, without comment.

    "More bang for your buck . . . "

    Was I perhaps being alerted to some new form of Poetic Malt Liquour like the "Liquid Crack" of Steel Reserve 2/11, popularly known among the hard core cognescenti as the "can that delivers more bang for your buck?"

    . . . it's hands down the best bang for your drinking dollar... but you'll probably get arrested if you drink more than a forty ouncer. So be careful! I have hallucinated and time travelled under the influence of steel reserve.

    Purchasing Steel Reserve is often an act of desperation by would-be drinkers in times of economic hardship.

    Aside from drinking cleaning solvents, Steel Reserve is perhaps the cheapest possible way to exit this reality. Its combination of astonishingly low price and extraordinarily high alcohol content has made it popular among both bums and young people.

    Although notably foul tasting, this is a drink that will take you where you want to go (quickly and cheaply). At $.99 a tallboy . . .

    The Steel Reserve logo is a stylized number 211, which aside from being an ancient symbol for steel, is also the penal code # for armed robbery. It’s likely that steel reserve has been the inspiration for many a convenience store jacking. Poor judgment and personal injury are notoriously correlated with the consumption of Steel Reserve.

    As it turned out, I was being directed to the blog of Don Share, for which I am thankful as I did not know of it before.

    Here's an excerpt from Don Share's blog--

    Tuesday, December 9, 2008
    Conceptual poetry gives you more bang for your buck
    ... according to Kenny Goldsmith! Click on the funny money, or here,

    to find out more. Or less, given what a dollar's worth these days... which goes to show you that American poetry is on the verge of bankruptcy. And also that mere mention of "flarf" inflates web traffic (present company excluded). Speaking of funny business and silly language hijinx... "Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", "bishop", "chapel", "empire" and "monarch" from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband" and "celebrity". Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled."

    In this particular post, Don Share is alluding to a Harriet Blog post which shows two ways of folding a dollar bill to create new "words" and "statements" or "jokes," much in the manner of the fold-ins inside the back covers of Mad Magazine.

    Anyone interested in or even marginally familiar with the hordes of hoary lore and contemporary Urban Legends surrounding the symbols, conspiracies and secret society messages (historically dominated by attributions to the Free Masons) on American bills and coins will find these two "poetry" examples pretty lame in comparison.

    But then, as the Italian proverb says, "Who walks with the lame will begin to limp."

    Of much more interest in these "New McCarthyism" times (so dubbed by the great French "rag" Le Monde is Mr. Shares' (what a poetically fittingly "market economy" name for this topic!)presenting the lists of words being deep sixed and those which are their replacements among the living.

    The two poetries named in the Harriet Blog bear an interesting relationship with George Orwell's 1984's Appendices regarding the creation and effects of "Newspeak."

    One of these forms of poetry stresses non-individuality and non-originality as though pushing a non-alcoholic cocktail of Buddhism and Nihilism in the Boring non-Nirvana non-approach to one's non-poetic poetry of non-career careerism. Exceptions to this non-ist non-ism are those "Making a Name for themselves" as the "original Founders" who promote heavily the Hottest Item on the market--the obeisance to a disciplined practice of non-originality, non-individuality, non-authorship and non-authority as the conditions for creating what is "Authorized" as A New Avant Formalism of Conformity.

    The other form of poetry cited often bears a resemblance to the daily "Two Minutes of Hate," which the workers in 1984 participate in via their rabid near seizures induced by an outpouring of outrage and obscenities that they mouth as the prefabricated Pavlovian responses to the televised figure leading them through their daily traces.

    On the one hand, the obediant and self effacing drone, and on the other, the snarling, rabid member of a like-minded mob.

    Fusing the two, one perceives the "institutionalization" of poets and poetries with in the array of Institutions providing "entry level white collar labor" for the vast assortment of Bureaucracies doing the "busy work" of the Military-Corporate-Acedemic State.

    Together, the two poetries produce a Yin-Yang of self effacement merging into the acceptance of the functions of one's employment and career as a poet, coupled with the release of rage at being trapped in a career which impedes the pace of one's career of being a poet.

    This Yin-Yang Good Cop Bad Cop combination is a form of "disciplining" poets within their disciplines . . . as careers . . . and out to make the most bang for the bucks they have invested--

    as well as the most bucks for the bang--

    El Colonel smiles. Going to the wide open window he gazes through aviator sunglasses at the bright birds, the luminosity of the landscape and "reflects on the irony that reflective glasses shield one's reflections from observing eyes by their mirrored reflections of a thwarted inquiry."

    Here, culled from the Urban Legends and Ancient Masonic Lores of the Bucks at their Biggest Bang Straight from the Buck's Mouth so to speak of recent times--

    Concerning "Conceptual Poetry and more bang for the buck"--


    "Conceptual Poetry and its Others"---Haunting Questions Found Hidden in Plain Site/Sight/Cite (Essay) & RubBEings Statements & 30 Visual Poetry Works
    for the Symposium "Conceptual Poetry and its Others

    Poetry Center of the University of Arizona
    29-31 May 2008

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    Appendix B: Conceptual Poetry and the Work Place: the Death of the Author and the Birth of the Drone, A Science Fiction Poetics of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    The Concept of Conceptual Poetry one finds among some Conceptual Poets is one that resembles a form of training for the embrace of working in bureaucratic and corporate settings as an "impersonal" manipulator and mover of masses of material in the form of words. Conceptual Poetry becomes a "discipline" for the production of "well adjusted functionaries" carrying out the "boring" tasks of filing, copying, sorting and arranging word-data. The "unoriginality," "impersonality" and boredom raised to the level of "Conceptual Poetry" is perhaps a way to aestheticize the dystopian existences of millions of "lower level" workers in globalized corporations and bureaucratic State apparati.

    Perhaps finding in this manner a Poetry in the Conceptions of themselves as bored, unoriginal, impersonal data copiers and processors, employees will become "happier" about their jobs and less questioning of their exploiters and exploitation. To be rid of all of the baggage of "the personal," the yearning to prove oneself "original," and to accept a lifetime of boredom, without wondering about "the meaning of all this," and "what is it doing for ME!"

    The Conceptual Poet may in this manner be able to have their services be much in demand, and so "to make a name for oneself," by emphasizing the impersonality of others, and training them to "disappear" into the services they provide as handlers of all the unwanted, uninteresting masses of material that need somehow to be sorted, copied and stored.

    Conceptual Poets becoming the creators of the glamorization of non-creation serve as "beacons" lighting this boring, dull, impersonal industriousness by which it may be seen "in a better light" by the industrialists and the Conceptual Poet consultants with their own cliques of admirers in the Management and Socio- Cultural spheres.

    It is not "wage slavery" and "drones" one is providing the world with, but instead an exciting, "avant-garde" Conceptual Poetry taught in all the best universities! And so Conceptual Poetry becomes a new method of Consulting for firms interested in innovations in "employee relations."

    Conceptual Poetry examined in this light may be seen as a form of preventing the kinds of breakdowns among lower level employees in the bureaucratic and corporate fields one finds in the writings that depict and explore the effects of the rapidly industrializing and mass data producing machines of "progress" of the 19th Century. These "breakdowns" appear in the forms of Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener," with his "I would prefer not to," and among the bottom level clerks and copyists in the works of Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Balzac and Dickens, several of which point to the works of Kafka, himself an employee in an immense bureaucracy.

    Instead of the "troublesome" writers of previous eras, Conceptual Poetry offers an efficient, impersonal service worker, a copyist who unlike Bartleby will not "prefer not to," but "stay on the job" and simply do as is told via the directives and "Avant-Garde,"'Innovative" Conceptions of Conceptual Poets hired as Consultants.
    Conceptual Poetry becomes the non plus ultra form of aestheticizing drones for their Conceptual management as Poetry for the analyses and admirations of their Bosses and Trainers, their Managers and Owners, their CEOs and Instructors, for all those at the top and their elite consultants, Conceptual Poets and the academies which train them.
    "No more Kafkas!! No more Gogols!! No more Bartlebys!!"

    The "death of the author" is the birth of the drone, a transformation that occurs when persons are asleep, as the pods from Outer Space give birth to the impersonal copies of the once human beings in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."