Further thoughts on the cultural labor of poetry and art. Not merely "is it good?," but "what has it accomplished?"...reviews of recent poetry collections; selected poems and art dealing with war/peace/social change; reviews of poetry readings; links to political commentary (particularly on conflicts in the Middle East); youtubed performances of music, demos, and other audio-video nuggets dealing with peaceful change, dissent and resistance.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Mona Eltahawy Takes Matters into Her Own Hands
Many New Yorkers have spoken out against the ads, which read "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."
Monday, September 17, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
"Notes on a Mass Stranding"/Split This Rock Poem of the Week
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
"barreras"/Split This Rock Poem of the Week
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
In Memory of Joshua Casteel: Conscientious Objector to the Iraq War
Joshua Casteel died from cancer that he believed was due to exposure to toxic fumes during his service in Iraq.
Some of you may know his story. From the Pax Christi website:
he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves at age 17 and received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point at 18; after training as an interrogator and studying Arabic, he served at the Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center at Abu Ghraib, Iraq, from June 2004 to January 2005, as a member of the interrogation units sent to overhaul the prison after the prisoner abuse scandal; during his time at Abu Ghraib, hecame to realize he was a conscientious objector and was honorably discharged from Active Duty as a conscientious objector. Josh wrote and spoke on his experiences during war, served on the board of Iraq Veterans Against the War, and published Letters From Abu Ghraib in 2008.
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