Monday, March 26, 2018



From no place —

a small striped gull feather

blowing closer to me


The wilder

the place the

wilder the birds


Top down —

hair blowing

fields blowing

Edge Of Land

What overtakes me more —

The blue of the sea or her dress

Raised, wading, high above her knees


3 days since we’ve been to the sea —

But there again

When I kiss your hair

Even Inside

You were asleep

I blew out the lamp

Turned to you —

A firefly blinked

I'm In Love With You
Who Is In Love With Me
Longhouse 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2018


No more excuses 
that you have nothing 
to share 
with your children 
or grandchildren. 
Start here~

Indian Tales by Jaime de Angulo
Tales of the Pit River Indians as recounted by anthropologist Jaime de Angulo for KPFA in 1949. Re-edited and produced by Gui de Angulo in 1991.

Friday, March 23, 2018


Yes ~ head to You Tube, a quick away (as they say)


Thursday, March 22, 2018


. . . May Slaves

. . .

. . .

. . .

may slaves not strive for power at any cost,

may power govern nothing but itself,

may judges be fallible rather than venal,

may prosecutors not stop at nothing,

may the police work to reveal their own crimes,

may burglars break into their own apartments,

may censors redact themselves out of existence,

may informers deliver reports on themselves,

may customs officers look up their own asses,

may guards build the prison of their dreams

and locking themselves up to a man, from inside

throw the key into the ocean



Ryszard Krynicki
New York Review of Books 2018
translated by Alissa Valles
afterword Adam Michnik

Tuesday, March 20, 2018



"How Hard It Is To Accept The Truth"

Film Notes

The Urban Crisis and the New Militants, Part 2—Social Confrontation: The Battle of Michigan Avenue (1969)
Production Company: The Film Group, Inc. Transfer Note: Digital file made from a 16mm print preserved by the Chicago Film Archives. Running Time: 11 minutes.
The Film Group, a Chicago-based production company set up to create industrial films and ads, found a new purpose during the Chicago Democratic Convention in late August 1968. On a lunch break from shooting a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial, founding member Mike Gray and his crew were shocked by police violence on the very streets where they lived and worked. Radicalized, they filmed the chaos and created their feature-length documentary American Revolution 2. From their footage grew the educational series, The Urban Crisis and the New Militants.
Produced by the Film Group’s accountant Bill Cottle, the series consists of seven self-contained modules that “teach by raising questions rather than by attempting to answer them.” The modules tell their story through editing rather than voice-over narration and show “real events, with real people acting spontaneously,” as the Group explained to an educational film distributor. In Social Confrontation, the filmmakers juxtapose events inside the convention hall with those on the streets, connecting the brutality of police with the oppressive tactics of the Democratic leaders.
The 1968 convention brought together a Democratic Party enraged and dispirited by the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy just a few months before and torn by opposition to the Vietnam War. President Johnson had refused to seek reelection and many saw front runner Vice President Hubert Humphrey as little better. Antiwar and civil rights protesters converged on Chicago but the police and National Guards had little patience with their demonstrations. On August 28, in part of what the Walker Report to the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence called a “police riot,” authorities clubbed protesters and released tear gas so intense that it permeated the convention hotel. The ensuing mayhem came to be known as “The Battle of Michigan Avenue.”
Social Confrontation captured the havoc firsthand. While convention-goers debated the Vietnam plank, protestors filled Grant Park for a rally. In a series of escalating confrontations documented by the film, police released tear gas, National Guards surrounded the park, and protesters escaped onto Michigan Avenue, mingling with the covered wagons of the Poor People’s March led by Reverend Ralph Abernathy. A stand-off ensued in front of the Conrad Hilton Hotel, headquarters of the major convention-goers. Receiving an order to clear the streets, the police charged into the 5,000-strong crowd, beating anyone in their path—protestors, reporters and bystanders—and dragging them into police wagons.
The delegates in the convention hall gradually received reports of the melee. When Wisconsin delegate Donald Peterson noted that thousands of young people were being beaten in the streets and proposed moving the convention he was cut off mid-sentence by Convention Chair Carl Albert. The film cuts to bloodied protesters before returning to the convention, shock gripping the hall as Senator Abraham Ribicoff went off script to exclaim “When George McGovern is president of the United States we wouldn’t have to have Gestapo tactics in the streets of Chicago!” The Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley (father of the current mayor), shouted back in protest, leading Ribicoff to add, “How hard it is to accept the truth!” By the convention’s end 668 people had been arrested and a thousand more treated by medics. Hope, however, still lived on at the candlelight vigil concluding the film.
To counter the images in the news, Chicago commissioned the film What Trees Do They Plant? (1968), titled after one of the mayor’s rejoinders. But the violence documented by national television and films like Social Confrontation had been seared into the public consciousness. The truth proved hard, but not impossible to accept.
About the Preservation
Thanks to release prints of The Urban Crisis and the New Militants donated by Bill Cottle and Mike Gray and grants from the NFPF, the CFA has preserved the entire seven-part series.
More Information
The Film Group’s award-winning documentaries American Revolution 2(1969) and The Murder of Fred Hamptonare available on DVD (Facets Video, 2007); Cicero March, another entry from the Urban Crisis series, is included as an extra.
About the Archive
Founded in 2003, The Chicago Film Archives is a non-profit organization devoted to the acquisition, preservation, and exhibition of films that reflect the history and culture of Chicago and the Midwest. Holding over 9,200 titles, the CFA focuses its collections on independent documentaries as well as industrial, educational, experimental, sponsored, and amateur films.

Monday, March 19, 2018


My Morning






in the garden

along the rows

on her long hair

down her arms

Always The Way

She peeks in my window

But she is so pretty

I’m already peeking out


Working with her in the sun

We break for lunch in the sun

Share sandwiches in the sun

Finish and lay back in the sun

Suddenly we are kissing in the sun

The Kiss

She can do this what she’s doing

If light could be liquid, well then

This is it, thrilling itself into

The lamp, and only later do I

Taste the kerosene on her lips


I'm In Love With You
Who Is In Love With Me
Longhouse 2012

Friday, March 16, 2018


Everyman's Library 2017
Pocket Poets

edited by
Patrick McGuinness
translated by many greats


Thursday, March 15, 2018





Fragrant the lilies

In this room of love;

Hair unbound

I fear

The pink of night's passing.


Beloved Buddha,

Among the new leaves of these trees,

More and more

I feel the friendliness

Of your face.


In my bath —

Submerged like some graceful lily

At the bottom of a spring

How beautiful

This body of twenty summers.


Softly I pushed open

That door

We call a mystery,

These full breasts

Held in both my hands.


After my bath

At the hot spring.

These clothes

As rough to my skin

As the world!


Complain not,

But hurry on your way —

Tonight, other soft hands

Will be waiting.

Ready to undo your clothes!


Yet I remember


When the lily,

Dazzling white,

Ruled the fields of summer!


Two months

At this Kyoto inn,

I have done nothing but write my poems;

O you plaintive birds along the Kamo River,

Now I am not in love!


May the child

Born this morning

Find in time

A beautiful



Even at nineteen

I knew

The violet would fade,

The brook would dry up,

And life would pass away.


Soft morning rain,

Kimono sleeve

Striped, multicolored bright,


Her small hand-drum.


Was it yesterday

Or a thousand years ago

We parted?

Even now I feel your hand

On this shoulder.


How lonely

By the temple bell

After I slipped out

To meet him

When the fog cleared.


Akiko Yosano
selected tanka from Midaregami
translated from the Japanese by
Sanford Goldstein & Seishi Shinoda
Cheng & Tsui Company, 2002

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Just In!

Wonderful new poetry slips, cards,
booklets from Thomas A. Clark
in Scotland

ever thanks, Tom

Monday, March 12, 2018


Another Simple Story

We skated and skated

Later looking over

The lake north to

Snow clouds coming

And skated some more

(you do that with a child)

And because of that

Drove home in snow

Son At 19 Moved Away

Deepest snow —

look out the window

to our son’s old tractor toy left

out now for the birds at the feeder

and a nuthatch perched on it like

no one could ever have planned

Sitting With The Sun
On The Steps Of The Hut

I keep telling myself

to take better time

at peeling the small

orange and breaking

its heart into pieces

After The Child

the swing


How To Survive In America, My Son

Forget tv

& newspapers

silly phones

& “what’s important” 

watch the sky, the trees, the tide

animals don’t care much about you until you look like them

when rolling the car

bang back the roof

knock smooth the doors

find new glass

don’t lend the car again

cover the tomatoes for as long as you can

the morning ice is in the work pails

rake the yard by hand 

leaf all garden beds

it’s time to say goodbye

do this with someone you love or who is your thoughts

watch for fools —

they act &



like you

I'm In Love With You
Who Is In Love With Me
Longhouse 2012