Wednesday, April 27, 2011

We Dance

One year collapses into one second,
a lifetime, an instant.
History moves apace
codetermined by human action
coterminous with human will.
Time stretches, gnaws at our tails.
Shrinks to drag us along.

Moments of clarity send
links between body and mind.
no more waivering.
Subject and object collide,
lucidity sends
sham dualities tumbling.
Each thought, each step slices
carrying parts of preceding potential.
We dance with history's unfinished business.


Overestimating the Daze

Nonchalant meandering
just between two periods of neo-savagery
Disengaged self reproduction,
cranial phantom limb syndrome, negated.
Caffeinated appendages are good for
churning an aggravated apparatus.
A system which missed its mark
starvation ensues
apologies ensue
Filth has assumed an unusual position
at the top

Unelected governors, strikingly unfashionable
divine right, deus economica

-- GWB

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Disheartened Citizens present Geurilla Poetry at Arts Walk

Hey All,

Thought it would be fun to put on a small guerilla poetry reading tomorrow friday night at arts walk at 8pm. It will be at the Rafah Mural on State St. and Capital Way. Bring your text art and anyone else you know who would like to get on the bullhorn. Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace is offering us the place, and we will be also using this time to have an open mic for those of us who are disheartened and want to share our stories. Please come and stop by and read your art if you feel comfortable. Feel free to call me about any details. -Johnny 2068494120

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Note-sketch of 4-20-11 class experiments in re-texting claimed spaceships

always more questions when I leave:

tangled tentacles with ball plugs, octopus, stretch out
growing branches from branches
setting out angled

of course there was a slow ghost blimp
the armpits of plants branch animal
cognitive mapping, napping cats banking drat holes in roofs for water'll come through

breathing oil grid

birth defects in the.

fell like dying.

ground. i feel hurt. and very batter is against me.

modular grid, modular mouth....

garbage takes no resistance in your mouth it melts in the how sun. i see but do not see, got black plastic bags wrapped and ruined it. masking tape.

"why i just thought it was more an examination OF JUnk. Which was junk and which was his junk."

"The motis-operandi"
"The little segments that were like the butt couplets, all fit into each other in a weird collective way. It's almost , oh back in the day, It's like a temporal derive. You have to define the past as glance over the shoulder"

"nostalgia contention. Longing for a past that was, or wasn't, or criticizes the longing for the past that was. And economic mechanisms build character non-starbucksy neighborhoods with a reall-small-wontown feel. Like compared to economic mechanisms that create insurance for insured peasant invisibility class work at work analogous that create the bed rails garnish soil for a gentrified diverse equates to divide. SWEEP THE INVISIBLE OUT. More wallmart and the war-hole. immigrant labour efficient productive prisoner. Collective nostalgia:

aural community. looking at the past lens mirror-zed crystallized formality tense work veiled, got so I was hoping parenthetical.

[collective archive. made my stomach drop. i jumped down from my high horse. flickers pass before I can open open my mouth. detritus, dead skin sloughing off, and all that junk.]

the subconscious form ideas that had died a long time ago walking on the shore
the story of williams who is Ne w york, and also collective montage jazz new york LETTERS 4 volume of life's work Ginsburg and song of multitude of self-hood, and repressive dangers vietnam and numerous.

tradition. straight. classical. non-pretentious. judicious. we lay there in the sun, i glare and face your face and know i am already dead. just another piece of green beach glass.

what gets treated as object, ephemeral, referred to, present -past consumed, subsumed, date signatures, and a construction of sentence essay contraction past-tense sentence past tense sen-tense.

immediate past last week yesterday in my no more time cell zone.
NO buck. no rebuke. now buck.

ephemeral even that can utilize uh What?
I bracketed you.

It came with enlarge thing. The past that has never yet to occurred will have yet to recur.

Mis a poor-piate the past. Misappropiate the mask.
Reappropiate the pasture. Reapprpiate the masquerade.

Not natural. To me it makes total sense. Disney and CIA studios impressive military connection not temporality and use of the space, military complex and commercialism.

Not wanting art. Being careful about appropriation.

To move on beyond the past-form with new, old, aesthetic qualities.

Can you resurrect the past? If not why be careful then?

what will have been
what will be, will have been

might be going to have lived. might have lived to be going.
who Narrates What from Where for Whom

what will have been control, convince future history, untold un set in stone, re-told reset rest reset in tone.

tense on the level of the sentence. that there are actual people who make essential narrative, it is not non-fact.

the future could be put in the past. may not be as effective. not unpacked. must unravel. need to take acid. acrid. axis.

GOsomewhere else! you've been here too many times before.

running miss- ing. became napping, chart improvise seem- ing

language is power and archive not aware of themselves and expository

precisely dance with me, shove ____ in my whittle room thing.

YOU HAVE TO co create this WITH ME! I AM parametering your PLAYGROUND.
political moo.

poetry as tour and archive. piece uses organizing as a way for access a way of thinking about activism as an aesthetic relationship to the world.

frame to be framed.
framed by your frame.

i believe you can change the mind with language. we are attracted by nature to what is familiar , our brains are very alert to what we know. we can change our habits, though we will always be attracted to the familiar, we can choose to create new and unfamiliar language that slowly resets our brains to a balanced, where what is familiar always changes, as it is with what is unfamiliar, for as the unfamiliar become visible it steps towards the territory of the known, and the past. Every new idea has the opportunity to become an old one.
Poetry as practice of the linguistic pulls on our lens.
To recreate language, is to recreate the nature of our reality.
To recreate language is to recreate how we communicate
I am under the assumption that language has not yet reached the capacity it has to transform our communication. To transform our minds, our awareness, our use of the spectacles.
The more normative apples, situationist co-optation of organization.

live-enactment built-in organizing components.
just as much proxy. praxis.
temporal cerebral cortex strategy.

pace actions. not even directed. greeting cards at pace to give out some poetic exchange. so even in un-directed pace actions.

poem is the live event poem is the live event poem is the live event poem is the live event.

all is somewhat anemic without its live component
live blood plug

very direct activist message contract NOW pretty simple we get it
the public face
the private face
the picket face
the office face
the strike face
whatabout whatabout whatabout
on like a really fine aren't any answers only precedent level
only classified more and more draw someone in if you want people to come in, but 5 out 10 people are not going to hear you. coat-switch into different milieus.
FUTURE ANTERIOR wide open POSIBILITY unchangeable falling apart future tense.

in a public space, in a public way. kind of inviting conversation.
provocations of what-kind-of-world-you-want-to-live in. The people we feel some sort of responsibility towards. a provocation. dialougically, organic provocative, ITSSAYING let's keep in mind the clock is ticking. the future us, is around the corner, we want to be co-creators in that future.

UPTO US. Help ma write the story.

whose vision whose picture whose fever dream
all…. I…,…. see…. is ….. me….

very 2 blocks of text rearranging so tripping over bumpers sticking over on steroids.

if you saw Jesus you would all see all the war stickers a rabble-rouser… I have a question that uh pertains.. em and a couple friends drew chalk signs on campus
but it WAS such sloganeering that, other people could LAsso it quickly. These kids, it's graffiti.
My homework assignment is graffiti. My homework assignment is blurring the action so as not to be lassoed, so when the dude comes up, they question what is going on. we've already shot ourselves in the foot by simplifying our objective.

the best way to change the world is by organizing with each other in solidarity.
we need to be both impatient and patient.
we will have or have that discussion, that anterior, that ethos of the march, depending on how activist you want to be, this is a class on aesthetic relations to reclaiming public space. amount of rally or mass, a diversity of things YOU work may call on a difference of convention..
clear in our indirect bud, blur them later order, second convention history mentions active movement on parallel course than poetry similar exception of picketing line and getting to play the crappy instruments you don't need to know how to play. when you're in a picket like and warm our hearts jazz. health. care. marching band. coalition. that allowed us to hold the line. and have that conversation in each of our person-type hearts. Discuss our own actual experiences. Sarcaustic asshole. Niche for very kind of type. 12 34 5. All fits in here.

Theres a reason that doesn't have all these real world.. cough up… commodify exist at one time one existence mirror land

like landscapes of descent. where desires are met, and see, reorganized, fought out.

written to here 4-20-2011 in public bathroom floor 1

from 7:30pm until 8:09pm


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Great Opportunity: Labor Center Workshops

Hey All--

Please, if interested, go! Also, love that work is starting to be put up (2 poems below this post). I'll delete this post after the conference is over so that the poems aren't buried. Do read them meantime.


Washington State Labor Education and Research Center
South Seattle Community College
April, 2011 Special Bulletin


WHEN: The conference starts at noon on Friday May 20th & ends at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22nd.

WHERE: Georgetown campus of the S Seattle Community College – 6737 Corson Ave S Seattle 98108

SPACE IS LIMITED! DON’ T DELAY! Registration closes May 16th

The Emerging Leaders Conference will offer workshops on the critical issues facing working families today. This is an opportunity for younger union members, students, and activists to develop leadership skills, network with others from a broad range of social justice organizations, and plan for tomorrow. Now more than ever we need to encourage those who have not previously played a leadership role in their unions or organizations to become educated and motivated leaders. Can we build the leadership of tomorrow here and now? Si se puede!

To download a registration form, go to click on the Emerging Leaders Conference link on the left and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Print the form, complete it, write a check for the registration fee payable to WA Labor Center, and mail both the form and the check to:

South Seattle Community College Georgetown Campus
6737 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

REGISTRATION FEE: $150 General Registration, $75 Student Registration – includes all meals & workshop materials. NOTE ON HOUSING: We encourage participation by Washingtonians from outside the immediate Seattle area. We may be able to provide housing assistance to those who will be traveling from other parts of the state. Contact Cheryl Coney –

SCHOLARSHIPS: Some scholarship money is available for students and others who do not have an organization to sponsor them. For University of Washington students, contact the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at UW Seattle to request a scholarship – 206-543-7946, For all others needing scholarship assistance, contact Cheryl Coney here at the WA LERC – 206-764-5380,

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: The current schedule for the conference is below and can be found on our website. Two items require some special explanation:

MENTOR TRAINING: On Saturday, May 21st from 2:30-5:30 there will be a special session offered on mentoring. This is intended for current leaders who want to mentor emerging leaders; this training can be signed up for independently of the rest of the conference for free. If you want to attend this session please email Sarah Laslett – or call 206-764-5382 to reserve a space. If you would like to remain at the conference after this session for dinner and to hear our keynote speaker, Kent Wong from the UCLA Labor Center, we ask that you pay $25 for dinner. We need to have an accurate head count for dinner so please let us know by May 13th at the latest.

OPEN SPACE WORKSHOPS: Sunday May 22nd is largely devoted to Open Space Workshops. These are workshops that will be designed and led by conference participants at the time. They can focus on strategic planning for a particular campaign, issues that have not been addressed at the conference, or dig deeper in to issues that were raised during the Friday and Saturday sessions. Participants will be the leaders during this last part of the conference in order to make it useful for the concrete work they will do after the conference is over. Our intention is for Emerging Leaders to be an on-going initiative, leading to other trainings and educational events. The Sunday workshops and report-backs are the time that this group will plan what they want to do next.

SCHEDULE (subject to change):

Friday May 20th: Opening Sessions

Noon Lunch & registration
1:00 Intro to the School
1:30 Defining Leadership
3:30 History presentation & plenary
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Strategic planning training
8:30 p.m. End for the day

Saturday May 21st: Concurrent Sessions

10:00 a.m. Sessions:
Ø Organizing Among Immigrant Workers
Ø Using Social Media to Organize
Ø Building Leadership Skills
Ø Fighting for Workplace Rights

12:15 Lunch
1:15 p.m. Sessions:
Ø Using Politics to Effect Change
Ø Using Social Media to Organize (2nd time)
Ø Understanding the Economy – Follow the Money
Ø Coalition Building

3:30 Sessions:
Ø International Solidarity
Ø Coalition Building (2nd time)
Ø Building Leadership Skills (2nd time)
Ø The Art & Noise of Street Heat

2:30 Special Session: Mentor Training

6:00 Dinner & Keynote Speaker: Kent Wong, Director, UCLA
Labor Center
8:00 p.m. End for the Day

Sunday: Open Space Workshops

10:00 a.m. Intro to Open Space
11:00 Open Space Workshops
12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:30 Final Plenary: Report backs & future planning
3: 45 Evaluations
4:00 p.m. End

Sponsors (still in development – let us know if you want to be a sponsor):

* American Federation of Teachers 1789
* Allyship
* Coalition of Labor Union Women
* Community Alliance for Global Justice
* Economic Opportunity Institute
* Fuse Washington
* Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies - UW
* International Association of Machinist District 751
* International Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees 15
* OneAmerica
* Martin Luther King County Labor Council
* Pierce County Central Labor Council
* Puget Sound Sage
* Seattle Education Association
* Seattle National Organization for Women
* Seattle Solidarity Network
* Service Employees International Union Local 1199NW
* Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (IFPTE 2001)
* Teamsters 117
* United Students Against Sweatshops
* Washington Bus
* Washington Fair Trade Coalition
* Washington Federation of State Employees Local 304
* Washington State Labor Council

Questions? Contact Cheryl Coney – 206-764-5382,

found poem

virtually all riches come from oil
it was in everyone’s interest
to safeguard oil fields, for NATO to keep close watch:
the country may well be sitting on a cash mountain.

the hotly contested area
deserted by its population
available for the taking.

after some confusion
the shrapnel came from the desert, passed right through
vehicles going backward and forward
I strongly regret the loss of life and
I am not apologizing.

to maximize the terror it is not possible
to make a mistake
with 20 tanks
advancing on a large patch
of desert land.

we shouted god is great and after that we heard nothing.

~ McK

"Progress" Reworked

“This is Progress” Reworked

Coursing contradictions abound,
yet too many are content
so no one makes a sound.

Political, ideological banter and bargain
Record profits, pleasing voters, and hollow jargon.

These men tinker with all things monetary,
calling shots quite unnecessary
and it’s more than a little scary.

Their words and actions do not match.
Based on their track record, we just might crash.

OK, OK, they do have to make difficult choices,
like “Baby, what color should we
repaint the Roll’s Royces?”

The hypocrisy of their philosophy is evident.
Subjugate, separate, and show little relent.

Is it two parties or just two faces
both hiding the machine’s long history of disgraces?
They argue, “debate,” and misinform,
It is a pertinent and unfortunate norm.

Global commerce, poverty, and corporate deals,
The flow of money is what the masses feels.

The verdict has been dealt: we cannot let greed win.
So people call your neighbors, call your kin!
If we work together, we can
Take down this unyielding media spin.

-- EPK

Sunday, April 17, 2011

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