Poetry Corner: Shallow Roots by Michael Novick

Shallow Roots by Michael Novick [excerpts] I have shallow roots in the blood-soaked soil of Turtle Island. My father arrived from Bialystok in the '30s, in his teens. There are no Americans in my genes and my genes are in no Americans. My non-biological grand-daughter was raised in Europe and has become a Swede, married to a Swede, with two lovely Swedish children. I am glad she didn't have to grow up here, steeped in misogyny and corruption. My roots are shallow in this blood-soaked land of [...]

Poetry Corner: Silence for Gaza by Mahmoud Darwish

Silence for Gaza by Mahmoud Darwish [excerpt]   Gaza not the most beautiful of cities it is Its shore not bluer than these of other Arab cities they are And its oranges are not the most beautiful on the Mediterranean And Gaza is not the richest of cities And it is not the most progressive among cities But it is equal to a nation's history Because it is the ugliest in the enemy's eyes Poorer, more miserable and most ferocious Because it is the savage lesson for [...]

Poetry Corner: The Legacy by James Connolly

The Legacy by James Connolly "Thy father is a poor man," -- mark well what that may mean, On the tablets of thy memory that truth write bright and clean, The father's lot it was to toil from earliest boyhood on, And know his latent energies for a master's profit drawn. Or else, ill-starred, to wander round and huckster-like to vend His precious store of brain and brawn to all whom fate may send Across his path with gold enough to purchase labor's power, To turn it [...]

Poetry Corner: The Decline of Patriarchy

The Decline of Patriarchy and the Rise of Feminine Energy by Jackie Lopez   The rose above my head has blossomed and says, “Speak your soul to me.”   The patriarchal aliens have left the planet. The oceans are emerging out of the sea. The cosmos is all aglow. And, many a theatre buff is touching the hem of my garment. Cinderella found her shoe and decided to swim with the Mermaids. Snow White became immersed in literature and reads to the 7 Dwarves. Beauty made her [...]

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Poetry Corner: Green Corn Rebellion

Green Corn Rebellion by Oso Blanco   Ogalahomi farmer, raise your axe, Cherokee and Black farmer, rise up and go to D.C. August 1917, home grown revolution. The boys and Uncle Danny blast down the bridge. Stand us together on John Spears's farm, Power of D.C. "used against us", as well as destruction of MOTHER EARTH, Is only the power of man. Green Corn rebellion, green corn rebellion, Come forth again. Green corn rebellion rise from within ...  From deep in the heart of every Cherokee Nation [...]

Poetry Corner: Endangering Species

Endangering species… © by Raymond Nat Turner   Endangering species—   First Negroz and wild Karens in power—members of the Strong- arm Williams-Thom-ass Clarence-led Bassackwards Tribe; Riding mostly 2/4 time, bareback, backwards on donkeys— Donkey dung caked on old soles of their sandals and stilletos…   Endangering species—   First Negroz and wild Karens in power—Hellfire Missiles from Predator Drones slamming into Family farms—irrigating crops Crimson; Assassins killing and cackling, “We came, we saw, he died…”   Sanction stranglers who think Nothing of wasting a half million [...]

By |2020-12-01T20:56:07-05:00December 1st, 2020|Poetry Corner, Raymond Nat Turner|0 Comments

Poetry Corner: The “REVEL”-ution

The REVEL-ution by Jon Olsen Aug. 9, 2014  (Nagasaki Day) [Excerpt]   Our faith in government, once based on trust Has now irrevocably turned to rust. Oh yes, there are a few Whose loyalty to us is true. But countless others felt the need To attach themselves to corporate greed.   You think the president calls the shots? Then it's you who don't connect the dots! The corporate elite, the one percent, Have directed laws to be bent In their favor against us all, Who in their [...]

By |2020-10-29T18:06:03-05:00October 29th, 2020|Anti-capitalism, Capitalism, Poetry Corner|0 Comments

October 2020 So Cal Community Calendar

URGENT UPDATE: Supreme Court lets Trump end Census early The US Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and has allowed Trump to end census data collection on October 15!! Be sure to complete the 2020 census form for your household IMMEDIATELY.  GO TO: HTTPS://census2020.govorCALL:for English 1-844-330-2020for Spanish 1-844-468-2020for Haitian Kreyol 1-844-477-2020.Help is available in other languages. See:https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html  Apportionment of many legislative and Congressional seats, and allocation of federal program funding rely on the figures from the decennial census (every 10 years by Constitutional mandate). Trump has [...]

Poetry Corner: a Cosmic Sun (Sun Yat-Sen)

A Cosmic Sun: An Astronomical, Spatial And Multidimensional Portrait Of A Chinese Revolutionary (SUN YAT-SEN) by Cosmos III [Excerpt] 1 Sublimely Stirred by the magnificent zenith of the marvelous Sunrise Sagas of the Taiping Rebels dazzling and Subversive aurora borealis display and in the romantic Spirit of legendary monster—slayers of ancient epochs, Sun Yat-Sen was that providential Chung kuo "Morning Star," a chosen heavenly Son born on the twelfth day of the Sterling eleventh month of the "Moon of Falling Leaves" Simultaneously the three hundredth and Sixteenth [...]

Book Review: The Role of the Revolutionary Poet

The Role of the Revolutionary Poet in Society and a Strategic Vision for the 21st Century by Mark Lipman (Vagabond Books, ISBN 13: 978-1-936293-39-1, 2020, $18.50) reviewed by Michael Novick This volume of essays and poems is by the former poetry curator of Change Links, Mark Lipman, who is the founder and editor of Vagabond, editor and publisher of a number of award winning poetry anthologies, including The Border Crossed Us (an anthology to end apartheid), and a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade and 100 Thousand [...]

Poetry Corner: IF…

IF © by john william brown 12 August 2014   If you use bombs that when exploding spray A thousand darts called flechettes, overhead, Knowing that such will obviously flay The skin from flesh of children who have fled From homes you phoned to say, “Go! Run away! We’re targeting your house but can’t say why!” If you wipe out whole towns within a day, Destroy civilian lives then spread the lie, That you can’t help it, they were human shields. Then you’re less than the swine [...]

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