Clattery MacHinery on Poetry

May 31, 2006

gay policy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Clattery MacHinery @ 12:32 am

sexual harassment&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp will not be tolerated
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp in the american workplace

this policy includes&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp unwanted advances of
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp a homosexual nature

since 1964&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp discrimination based on
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp race, religion, gender, or age

has been deemed illegal&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp and such harassment creates
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp a hostile work environment

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp a response on gay relations
by the grand ayatollah&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp ali al-sistani

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp confirmed that homosexuals
should be killed in “the worst most&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp severe way of killing”

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp sexually purifying
iraq of gays is a goal&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp of some badr corps cells

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp who also kill unveiled women,
people who wear western clothes&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp and alcohol sellers

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .

it is not illegal&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp in america for you
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp to ask a same-sex co-worker

for a date while at work&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp if the response is a firm
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp refusal, you may not tell him

or her that his or her&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp tushy is going to waste
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp nor may you call him or her ‘bitch’

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp a badr death squad officer,
pretending to be gay, joined&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp an internet chat room

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp and lured 27-year-old
ammar of baghdad into&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp a rendezvous this past

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp january–within the hour,
bound, blindfolded, he was shot&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp in the back of his head

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .

at work, if you witness&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp gay bashing of any kind
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp your responsibility is

to tell a manager&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp it is both illegal and
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp against company policy

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp gay iraqi activists plead
with americans in the&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp green zone, but are laughed at

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp current policy being to
not interfere while iraq&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp nears mandating gay deaths

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp .

americans must meet&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp in conference rooms to watch
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp sexual harassment programs

&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp iraqi homosexuals
must meet in dimly lit rooms&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp or be killed in pogroms



May 30, 2006

Will the Soul Patrol get behind Pinsky?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Clattery MacHinery @ 3:47 am

Last week, it was Katharine McPhee & Taylor Hicks.

But it was also Paul Muldoon & Thylias Moss, who each had 15 minutes to write a poem directly following being given the theme. Online right now, you can see how their poems developed on the page, how and when each letter went up, and the editing as it was done.

Tomorrow night at 9:00PM Eastern, it will be Julianna Baggott & Robert Pinsky at Quick Muse.

Read all about it in the NYT here: On Your Marks, Get Set, Poeticize: Dueling Poets on the Web.

Soul Patrol! Whooooo!

May 28, 2006

Being Pro-Poetry

Filed under: Uncategorized — Clattery MacHinery @ 11:42 pm

This world of poetry is rife and riven with competition and perceived heirarchal pressures. We need more individuals and organizations, or more individuals and organizations visible, getting behind the poetry rock, pushing it up the mountain to where it belongs, where society wants it, and where people outside the poetry community know it ought to be, for the good health of all society.

Poetry is often put down, through competitive impulse, sense of shame, or fear–whether these impeti are rooted in the perceived only or in reality. It is time to be free, to be freed by ourselves first. It is time to place the current unhealthy psychosocial positions of the community of Western poets, into the unreal where they belong.

Worst case scenarios for poets occur where, over the world, poets are being arrested and killed for writing poetry. But so-called “free” societies work subtly and powerfully upon human natures, poets being both human and natural.

As a child, often when my younger sisters would sing, I would tell them to be quiet, that I did not want to hear it. Now, I want everyone singing, in the sense of allowing poetry to flow from our cultures. Some say we have too many writers, and not enough readers. Let us worry less about audience, and more about community. For this is where our strength comes from, and this is where our most powerful messages, our most playful word crafting, most beautiful songs, and greatest shamanistic utterings, go forth from.

This past century, a shame came to poetry. The willy-nilly idea that great musings would lead to great society, destined the moderns into taking blame for the holocaust and other atrocities, in the most atrocious century ever. Poetry, especially from the West, seemed to have been leading culture nowhere special indeed, but making matters horrifically worse. Western culture, and therefore Western poetry, was called to judgment. And it has been quite a trial.

We said, don’t sing romantic, don’t sing modern, anymore. Beat counterculture, Eastern maybe, ancients revisited maybe, plus the great postmodern movement came into being. Some great poetry has come from it.

Nowadays we have the Collins/Kooser movement of accessibility, with the idea of inclusion–readability, and audience. More don’ts. “Don’t sing difficult themes” is the song. “We’re doing this, not that, now,” comes the call from up the heirarchy. “Communicate–be sure what you’re saying is clear,” they say. Not Collins and Kooser, if you listen, but those hopping on the bandwagon with the banners of those poets. Again and still, the moderns are to blame. But, according to this movement, the postmoderns are no help at all, impotent, in fact counterproductive–as if we need to produce poetry with an eye toward consumption and demographics.

Let’s instead pick up where we got hurt. Let’s say “Not guilty.” Let’s not shut down roads, because we find murderers use them too. Let’s stop being underground. Let’s be strong in community, savvy now, and visible again.

Bud Bloom

(Think of this more as a bud, than a bloom)

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