Saturday Night Fish Fry
I should be out partying. Instead I sit here reading Jack Spicer's poems and wondering why every time I mention Pastor Melissa Scott on this bloggo I get hits galore and many exciting comments--I mean, I give all kinds of solutions to world problems here but no, no comments, not one, on those, but I mention Pastor Melissa Scott and whooboy, you'd think I hit blog-attention paydirt--I got one great comment from an Anonymous Moose on yesterday's mention of Pastor Melissa Scott where I called her a witch but I goofed up trying to publish it and instead must have rejected it--a goof; sorry Pastor Melissa Scott fans--I goofed it and I know Pastor Melissa Scott can't stand goofs!
One commenter said Pastor Melissa Scott lives in a 20-million-buck mansion and soaks her pastorate liberally for monies necessary for keeping her "way-above-ground" lifestyle intact. Poor ole Doctor Gene; she must'a cleaned his prostate clock--evil enough for me right there. Melissa, come here, clean my prostate clock, in the Lard's Syriac name, Ethioptic name, Coptic name, and Russian name--Russian name! Yeah, last time I saw Pastor Melissa Scott she admitted that Doctor Gene Scott had once bragged that he was going to have Little Melissa speaking Russian and Chinese before it was over and sure enough, here she went and proved old Doctor Gene mucho correcto during this show by translating her Syriac translation of some Holy Book gobbledy-gook verse into Russian, right there before our very eyes! Praise the Lard; see how I get so full of it (glory that is) when I start magnifying Pastor Melissa Scott? Her point, this particular Holy Book gobbledy-gook verse no matter the language you translate it from and no matter the language you translate it into it still says the same thing. Duh! Melissa! "It rained so hard I froze to death, the weather it was dry...."
Vex me, baby, I love it.
Jack Spicer (continued as is continued)
"Beauty is so rare a th__
Sing a new song
A busted flush. A pain in the eyebrows. A
There are rocks on the mountains that will lie there for fifty
years and I only lived with you three months
Your absence seem so real or your presences
[Fifteen False Propositions Against God, #III, The Collected Books of Jack Spicer, Black Sparrow Press, Los Angeles, 1975.]
"I have already cited Jack's image of God as a big white baseball, somehow other than, but entering the game our lives are" [Robin Blaser in a Commentary at the end of The Collected Books of Jack Spicer]. Jack Spicer is from a generation that saw the God as Amuricans knew him as DEAD. Jack simply said there was a real within us but also an outside real, too, without us and it is from that outside real that poetry, that kind of language, comes--intimating that language is learned from outside to within and along with that language we learn as neosprouts comes poetry--an outside real language we must interpret through our inside real--then the poetry we write becomes our interpretation of that general outside real.
Whooo-eeee, that's deep shit. I think I'll go on out and party.
for The Daily Growler
Why George Bush is Insane
Earlier this year I had a major operation for cancer. The operation and its after-effects were something of a nightmare. I felt I was a man unable to swim bobbing about under water in a deep dark endless ocean. But I did not drown and I am very glad to be alive.
However, I found that to emerge from a personal nightmare was to enter an infinitely more pervasive public nightmare - the nightmare of American hysteria, ignorance, arrogance, stupidity and belligerence; the most powerful nation the world has ever known effectively waging war against the rest of the world. "If you are not with us you are against us" President Bush has said. He has also said "We will not allow the world's worst weapons to remain in the hands of the world's worst leaders". Quite right. Look in the mirror chum. That's you.
The three thousand deaths in
The hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children dead through US and British sanctions which have deprived them of essential medicines are never referred to.
The effect of depleted uranium, used by
The two hundred thousand deaths in East Timor in 1975 brought about by the Indonesian government but inspired and supported by the
The half a million deaths in
The millions of deaths in
The desperate plight of the Palestinian people, the central factor in world unrest, is hardly referred to.
But what a misjudgement of the present and what a misreading of history this is.
People do not forget. They do not forget the death of their fellows, they do not forget torture and mutilation, they do not forget injustice, they do not forget oppression, they do not forget the terrorism of mighty powers. They not only don't forget. They strike back.
The atrocity in
How will - or can - public vigilance be embodied? Wearing a scarf over your mouth to keep out poison gas? However, terrorist attacks are quite likely, the inevitable result of our Prime Minister's contemptible and shameful subservience to the
The planned war against
It is obvious, however, that the
Unless Europe finds the solidarity, intelligence, courage and will to challenge and resist US power Europe itself will deserve Alexander Herzen's definition (as quoted in the Guardian newspaper in London recently) "We are not the doctors. We are the disease".
Harold PinterThe Assassinated Press