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Today / Re: Today
« Last post by Mystic1 on November 18, 2014, 02:53 PM »
This Just in –

Zen Weather Report:

You know it’s cold outside when you go outside...

and it’s cold.


A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on November 16, 2014, 03:36 PM »
Read this and where you see spirit, magical, super natural and even the place where black children are seen differently, put in the word invisible. That's what allows all the things to occur in this institutionalized racist society we live in.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on November 12, 2014, 11:17 PM »
During the civil rights movement and the work done by Dr. King, do you have any idea how bad it was? Recall those places in this forum where we discussed the times one would expect the laws and law makers of the land to protect its citizens? That is unless those citizens are black.  In most cases it was the law makers that were complicit in the illegalities that befell black people. It was the law makers that fully participated in crimes against black citizens all the way up to the highest enforcement organization in the land, the FBI.

Here's just one example of how that worked:
Poetic Events / Book Announcement
« Last post by illiterati on November 12, 2014, 12:55 PM »

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PEARL! epic tale of HUMANS! building towards… UNEMPLOYMENT! VICTORY on Medicaid! Works of ART without JOBS! genius delusions & $$$$! celebrations passions and TYPING! TYPING! TYPING! very fast weight loss! SOULMATES! FREE Miracles for $$$$! Elephants and Babies Unite! 10,000 pages of SCIENCE! All is recorded on Google Docs! Weight loss NOW for $$$$! Togetherness! Friendship! Connection! Brightly colored ANIMAL ICONS! Anonymous Chupacabra is reading! POETRY TRIUMPHS AT LAST!

-Lee Sharks

Pearl and Other Poems is part of a much longer poetic project, the Crimson Hexagon, a sweeping cultural epic for the 21st century. In a variation on the tradition of Browning or Pound’s Personae and approaching Ferdinand Pessoa’s art of the pseudonym, the Crimson Hexagon develops distinct writerly identities into a series of ‘selections’ from fantastic, non-existent works. Lee Sharks is the pseudonymous author of Pearl. Although the present volume is a series of poems, the sum effect of its genre in this broader context is applied literary history, in the same way that Tolkien saw Middle Earth as applied historiography. To adapt a phrase from Pound, we might describe the Crimson Hexagon as ‘a history including poems.’ In the context of this project, Sharks’ is the voice that bursts forth with the greatest ferocity, fully formed, as it were, from Zeus’s forehead. The titular ‘Pearl,’ especially, I consider a triumph. ‘Pearl’ is an important poem, and Lee Sharks is destined to stick around for awhile.

-Johannes Sigil, July 2014

About the Author

Lee Sharks’ poems have appeared in Heaven, the White House, and Inside Your Brain All the Time, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous prizes, including fourteen Guggenheims and 10,000 MacArthur Genius Grants. He has used MacArthur money to replace his friends and family with moving statues made of rubies. Lee Sharks holds 18,000 degrees from planet Mars. He worked for each of them in a tiny office inside his brain he had to miniaturize himself to fit into. On a tiny, old-fashioned typewriter he typed the tiny theses and tiny books that would eventually make his name by kidnapping and miniaturizing famous intellectuals and forcing them to read his books or else he would let a dinosaur bite them. Lee Sharks is an amateur dinosaur enthusiast he bites himself in the face with dinosaurs and builds small mental skyscrapers designed by tortured modernist architects out of dinosaur names in his brain. Lee Sharks is the author of numerous books of esoteric brilliance and learned expertise, and also books of poignant sentiment, and also books of down-to-earth practical wisdom. Lee Sharks often allows the intellectuals he kidnaps to live and return to normal size, provided they agree to like or pretend to like his tiny books. Others, he murders and disposes of. One day, Lee Sharks was reading his tiny books and found that he himself disliked them. He therefore bit himself with a dinosaur and replaced himself with a moving statue made of rubies, which is how he became a famous intellectual.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on November 11, 2014, 11:28 PM »
Civil rights champion John Doar dies, age 92

John Doar, a former Justice Department lawyer who played a key role in many major civil rights struggles of the 1960's, passed away on Tuesday at age 92, the Associated Press reports.

Doar joined the Justice Department as a civil rights lawyer in 1960, during President Dwight Eisenhower's final year in office. He then stayed on during the administration of President John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, during which time he was involved in such landmark events as the admission of African-American student James Meredith to the University of Mississippi; the securing of voting rights for black citizens in the South; and the prosecution of the murderers of three civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner, whose killers included a local deputy county sheriff.

"This was the first time that white persons were convicted for violent crimes against blacks in Mississippi. It was a historic verdict," Doar said in a 2009 C-SPAN interview. [AP]
"Time and time again, John put his life on the line to make real our country’s promise of equal rights for all," said President Obama, in a statement issued Tuesday. "Without John’s courage and perseverance, Michelle and I might not be where we are today, and our thoughts and prayers are with his children, his grandchildren, and all those who loved and admired him."
 - - Eric Kleefeld   
Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: keeping it moving
« Last post by A-FRIEND on November 07, 2014, 04:12 PM »
It's been awhile 7. I see you haven't lost the ability to turn a phrase or two.

School me here:

it is not the destination
as it is, more importantly
the journey

I'm having a little trouble reading that line. Is something missing a comma maybe?  I get what you're saying and nice write, but I'm missing something there.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on November 07, 2014, 07:34 AM »
What has colon cancer and a black teenager got in common?

Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: keeping it moving
« Last post by WordFaery on November 05, 2014, 07:53 PM »
Nice to read a new poem.
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