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 [...]

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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 [...]

Poetry Corner: Black and Brown Fight Tonight

"Black and Brown Fight Tonight" By David A. Romero [Excerpt]   Black African-American By way of West Africa Transatlantic slave trade From American plantations To the first private prison From the prisons to the fields Fields to the factories Factories to unemployment Unemployment to poverty The inner city Smoldering Almost no way out But Sports Conditioning Fists Flying. "Black and Brown Fight Tonight" is included in My Name Is Romero, a book of poetry by David A. Romero, published by FlowerSong Press of McAllen, TX. My Name [...]

Book Review: Mowing Leaves of Grass

Mowing Leaves of Grass by Matt Sedillo FlowerSong Books, McAllen, TX, 2019 ISBN 9781733809290 www.flowersongbooks.com https://www.mattsedillo.com/ reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A.   If you haven't heard or seen Matt in person, you may not be able to hear the staccato machine gun cadence of his spit fire delivery leaping off the pages of this book of his recent poetry. Here's an example on-line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQUAxBr1Kco of Matt presenting his poem "The Devil," which is on pages 18-22 of the book. Definitely check it out before you [...]

Community Calendar July 2020

Change Links cannot publish without your support. Send events, articles or poetry to changelinks2@gmail.com or via http://change-links.org/submit/ Please subscribe as well. Subscriptions to the print edition are $12/25/50 a year, low income, regular or sustainer (sliding scale), Payable to “AFGJ,” our fiscal sponsor, with “Change Links” in the memo. All events announced are encouraged to donate $5 (per event), payable to AFGJ, mail to Change Links, PO Box 34236, LA 90034. It helps keep this publication solvent. Thanks in advance.   In light of the current COVID-19 [...]

Poetry Corner: George Floyd

George Floyd by James Mozie #96728-004, US Pententiary Tucson As citizens we're outraged and sick of pointless deaths; that was cold-blooded murder with your knee on that man's neck. As he drew his last breath, you forgot your obligation: to serve and protect, but that was not your demonstration. You have sparked a situation through your abuse of power. Sad to say, you weren't the first in this line of cowards. So with no rest, we protest, til injustice pays the price. Don't give that cop a [...]

Poetry Corner: Crime Pays

Crime Pays by D.O.T. Marceo   Laws, laws—let us profit and house the criminals. Do not soften the laws.   Invest in a just enterprise. We house prisoners. It is a business for good.   Make enough arrests. The bottom line suffers when you do not. Help us maintain our wealth.   It is cheaper for you. Shareholders need strict enforcement. Let us open another. D. O. T. Marceo was born in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles to a family living in South Los Angeles. Growing up he [...]

The Dialectic of Sex: A Poem for Valentine’s Day

The Dialectic of Sex: A Poem for Valentine's Day by Michael Novick   I was at this camp with a bunch of mostly straight Marxists and I woke up in the middle of the night because I heard a couple fucking. The man would grunt and groan, and the woman wail and moan.   I thought of Shulamith Firestone, who expressed socialism as technology liberating man from work and feminism as technology liberating woman from child-bearing -- restoring Eden: lifting the curse of the casting from the [...]

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