program notes

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Show #91 Lakota Lessons of the Bow and Arrow 6-11-’14
The Lakota Way of Strength and Courage: Lessons in Resilience from the Bow and Arrow - Joseph M. Marhsall III

Show #89 Book of the Century Club 5-28-’14
The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written: The History of Thought from Ancient Times to Today - Martin Seymour-Smith
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Show #87 The Yoni: sacred symbol of creative energy €ť4-23-’14
The Yoni: Sacred Symbol of Female Creative Power - Rufus C. Camphausen
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Show #86 Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) In Haiku€ť 4-9-’14
Issa’s cherry blossom haiku
more cherry blossom haiku
Peter Matthiessen trailer
koto music
Haiku One Breaths: a voice through a tangle
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Show #85 Spring Haiku Companion€ť 4-2-’14
Haiku One Breaths: a voice through a tangle
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Show #84 Artivism and the Hive Mind: a conversation with multi-disciplinary artist Ash Straw€ť 3-26-’14
Ash’s blog
Motherwit: Echoes from the Womb€ť
Stop the Vermont Gas Pipeline!€ť - docu. trailer
On Behalf Of Those Who Speak Different Languages
Modern Muses
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Show #83 One Voice from Two Worlds: Native Peoples’ Stories - part 4€ť 2-26-’14
Genocide of the Mind: New Native American Writing - edited by MariJo Moore
Shinnecock dancers
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Show #82 One Voice from Two Worlds: Native Peoples’ Stories - part 3 2-19-’14
Genocide of the Mind: New Native American Writing - edited by MariJo Moore
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Show #81 One Voice from Two Worlds: Native Peoples’ Stories - part2€ť 2-12-’14
Genocide of the Mind: New Native American Writing - edited by MariJo Moore
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Show #80 The Quirks and Rituals of Artists at Work€ť 2-5-’14
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work - Mason Currey
Modern Muses: How Artists Become Inspired
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Show #79 On Behalf Of Those Who Speak Different Languages: the book launch€ť 1-29-’14
On Behalf Of Those Who Speak Different Languages - Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
Ash Straw’s blog
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Show #78 One Voice from Two Worlds: Native Peoples’ Stories - part 1€ť 1-22-’14
Genocide of the Mind: New Native American Writing - edited by MariJo Moore
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Show #77 Firsts: The World and Haiku of Chiyo-ni€ť 1-8-’14
Chiyo-ni: Woman Haiku Master - Patricia Donegan and Yashie Ishibashi
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Show #76 So, What’s New, Age-Old Children?€ť 1-1-14
The Children of Days: A Calendar of Human History - Eduardo Galeano
Children of the Sun: prosetry unplugged - Tiokasin Ghosthorse
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Show #75 Roots of the Tree€ť 12-25-’13
Russian Magic: Living Folk Traditions of an Enchanted Landscape - Cherry Gilchrist
Soul Companions - ed. by Karen Sawyer
Great Law of Peace
Album: Kaballah€ť - Song: Oseh Shalom€ť - Tal Skloot Ensemble
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Show #74 Winter Solstice Poetry Sampler” 12-18-’13
The Beginning of the Age of the Pacha€ť
Winter Solstice haiku
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Show #72 First There Is a Mentor then There Is No Mentor then There Is€ť 12-4-’13
Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke
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Show #71 Thinksjoining €ť11-27-’13
"Thanksgiving Address: Greetings to the Natural World"
Short version online
"Mohawk Stories" CD - Kay Olan (Ionataie:was)
"The Real Story of Thanksgiving"
"Origins of Thanksgiving"
"Turtle Island: with Four Changes" - Gary Snyder
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Show #70 Front Circles: Standing With Mother Earth†11-20-’13
Singing an Epic of Peace
First Voices Indigenous Radio
White Buffalo Teachings” - Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Lakotas Demand TransCanada Sellouts Leave Lakota Territory!”
"Time for a Mass Upheaval Against the Perpetrators of Global Destruction" - Michael T. Klare
"'Fight Far From Over' After First Nation Loses Bid to Stop Fracking in New Brunswick"
"US House pulls bill second time to desecrate sacred Apache land"
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Show #69 Untranslatable: Russian Western Zen? a conversation with A. Molotkov€ť 11-13-’13
A, Molotkov
The Inflectionist Review
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Show #68 Off the Grid . . . Lock: Latin American Socialist Movements and Beyond - part 5€ť 11-6-13
Where Is Cuba Going?€ť - Paul Richard Harris
U.N. Urges End of U.S. Embargo on Cuba for 22nd Time€ť - Louis Charbonneau
"Cuba shuts down private cinemas and video-game salons"
The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil documentary
Before Night Falls€ť - film
Andes Cosmos - Treasures of the Incas - CD
Latin America’s turbulent transitions: the future of twenty-first century  socialism - Roger Burbach, Michael Fox, and Federico Fuentes
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Show #67 The Rant Is Too Damn High Party€ť 10-30-13
"Pepsi, Nestle, Coca Cola Revealed as Big Money Behind GMO Labeling Fight"
“1 in 10 Young People Is A Victim of Sexual Violence: The Unspoken Epidemic€ť
CD Undefended Heart€ť - Hans Christian
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Show #65 Off the Grid . . . Lock: Latin American Socialist Movements and Beyond - part 3€ť 10-16-13
Bolivian president to sue US govt for crimes against humanity
"Oil Drilling in Planet's Most Biodiverse Area Gets Green Light"
Anti-Oil Activists In Ecuador: We Stand Up For Yasuni€ť
Latin America’s turbulent transitions: the future of twenty-first century  socialism - Roger Burbach, Michael Fox, and Federico Fuentes
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Show #64 Autumn Haiku Companion: Moods in the Season of Transience €ť10-9-13
Haiku Calendar
Haiku One Breaths: a voice through a tangle
The Way of Zen - Alan Watts
Japanese aesthetics
”An Interview With Sam Hamill: Love, True Peace and Political Poetry
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Show #63 Socio-Poetic Travelogue: a conversation with Ayshia Stephenson€ť 10-2-13
Performing Fusion Theatre
Arts at the Armory, Somerville Theatre Festival - tickets
Richie Ramsay - Mother Earth’s Cry€ť
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Show #62 Happy Birthday, Rumi!€ť 9-25-13
The Essential Rumi - translations by Coleman Barks with John Moyne
Rumi: The Big Red Book - Coleman Barks
Divan-I Shams-I Tabriz - edited and translated by Iraj Anvar
Rumi: Thief of Sleep - translations by Shahram Shiva
Sufi flute music (ney)
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Show #61 Off the Grid . . . Lock: Latin American Socialist Movements and Beyond - part 2 9-18-13
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Show #60 Off the Grid . . . Lock: Latin American Socialist Movements and Beyond - part 1€ť 9-11-13
Latin America’s turbulent transitions: the future of twenty-first century  socialism - Roger Burbach, Michael Fox, and Federico Fuentes
Peru's isolated Mashco-Piro tribe 'asks for food’€ť
"Latin America: Class Struggle and Resistance in the Age of Extractive Capitalism"
Naomi Klein: Why Big Green Groups Can Be More Damaging Than Right-Wing Climate Deniers€ť
"The Not So Bright Future of Green Energy"
"Why Whole Foods Is Scoring Big Points in Detroit: Food justice activists  worried that Whole Foods could jeopardize local businesses teamed up  with the company to work on solutions"
"They Fear Us Because We Are Fearless”: Reclaiming Indigenous Lands In Honduras"
"Swelling Colombian Protests Against 'Free Trade' Met With Militarization"
"The Power of Community How Cuba Survived Peak Oil"
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Show #59 Watershed Moments - Nicaragua and Myanmar: a conversation with Tony Bellizzi€ť 9-4-13
Hope for the Children
Nicaragua music and images€ť
Burma traditional music€ť
Aung San Suu Kyi
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Show #58 Every Now and Zen: a Buddha from Korea” 8-28-13
A Buddha from Korea: The Zen Teachings of T’aego - translated with commentary by J.C. Cleary
“Son Buddhism”
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Show #57 The Temperament of the Artist€ť 8-21-13
€ťModern Muses: How Artists Become Inspired€ť edited by Mankh.
Why must art imitate reality? - Jon Rappoport
Milton Nascimento singing Guardanapos de Papel/Paper Napkins€ť
Leo Masliah - Portuguese lyrics by Carlos Sandroni
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Show #56 Buen Vivir: the practical philosophy of the Andean tradition and beyond€ť 8-14-13
Sumak Kawsay: Ancient Teachings of Indigenous Peoples
Living-well in harmony and balance with Mother Earth€ť
Buen Vivir: a brief introduction to Latin America’s new concepts for the good life and the rights of nature
Latin Pulse
New World of Indigenous Resistance: Noam Chomsky and Voices from North,  South and Central America - Edited by Lois Meyer and Benjamin Maldonado  Alvarado
Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism - Roger Burbach, Michael Fox, and Federico Fuentes  ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Show #55 The Oilgarchy: It’s Rigged!€ť 8-7-13
Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta - Gore Vidal
Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores - Greg Palast
"Big Oil Controls the World | Interview with Greg Palast"
What the JPMorgan Chase Energy Scandal Reveals About Fossil Fuel Financing - Peter Rugh
How Taxpayers Are Subsidizing BP’s Disaster Through the Pentagon€ť - Nick Turse
The Tyranny of Oil€ť - Antonia Juhasz
Drive-thru Theofascism - Mankh
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Show #54 Is This Orwellian Or What? 7-31-13
Why I Write - George Orwell
1984 & Animal Farm - George Orwell
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Show#53 The Renaissance Inside: a conversation with Alan Semerdjian€ť 7-24-13
In the Architecture of Bone€ť - Alan Semerdjian
Quiet Songs for Loud Times - Alan Semerdjian
Modern Muses: How Artists Become Inspired
impeach the monsters: New Dawn
haiku one breaths
primal sanities!
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#52 (r)evolution: 1-year anniversary show€ť 7-17-13
(show #s indicate previous conversations)
Arya F. Jenkins - show #49
Austin Aoyagi - show
Tony Bellizzi - show
Sylvia Carter - show
Elena Botts - show
Lee Camp - show #s
12 & 40
Tiokasin Ghosthorse - show
Evan T. Pritchard - show
James Buchanan - show #44
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Show #51 Summer Haiku companion” 7-10-13
Haiku One Breaths: a voice through a tangle
Haiku Calendarplus more
“Elixir” Yang Ying
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Show #50 Divine Dissatisfaction: what to do? who to be?€ť 7-3-13
Blessed Unrest - Paul Hawken
The Magic of Findhorn - Paul Hawken
Blessed Unrest and WiserEarth (6 min presentation by Paul Hawken)
wiserearth: the social network for sustainability
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Show #49 At the Crossroads of Meditation and Activism: a conversation with Arya F. Jenkins€ť 6-26-13
Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery
Into the Heart of Life€ť - Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Tibetan Buddhism in the West€ť - Michaela Haas and His Holiness the Karmapa
CD - "Calling the Perfect Master" -Lama Chenno
Jewel Fire: a Collection of Buddhist Poems€ť - Arya F. Jenkins
The (Un)Occupy Movement€ť - anthology
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Show #48 The Phallus: sacred symbol of creative energy - part 2€ť 6-19-13
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Show #47 The Phallus: sacred symbol of creative energy - part 1 6-12-13
The Phallus: Sacred Symbol of Male Creative Power€ť - Alain Danielou
The Yoni: Sacred Symbol of Female Creative Power€ť - Rufus C. Camphausen
Woman Shaman: the ancients
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Show #46 Jorge Luis Borges: Wheels Within Dreams Within Labyrinths Within Libraries Within Mirrors" 6-5-13
Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings - Jorge Luis Borges
This Craft of Verse - Jorge Luis Borges
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Show #45 The Klerikos of Writing and Publishing€ť 5-29-13

Show #44 The Solid Work of Ghostwriting: a conversation with James Buchanan” 5-22-13
James Buchanan - Orchard Writing
Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction - Jack Hart
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking - Malcolm Gladwell
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Show #43 Deep Simplicity: the poetry of William Stafford” 5-15-15
Learning to Live in the World: Earth Poems by William Stafford
by William Stafford, Laura Apol (editor), Jerry Watson (editor)
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Show #42 Mother’s and Mother Earth Day” 5-8-13
Arise and Bow Down to All Nations - Central Park Manahatta
Mother’s Day Proclamation
CD Ksa by Ghosthorse
First Voices Indigenous Radio
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Show #41 a silence closely resembling stupidity - part 4: readings from Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent translated by Cedric Belfrage - 5-1-13
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Show #40 "a conversation with Lee Camp: Free-range vegetarian-fed comedian" 4-24-13
Lee Camp’s website
Moment of Clarity Show kickstarter page
Kickstarter website
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Show #39 a silence closely resembling stupidity -part 3: readings from Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” 4-17-13
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Show #38 a silence closely resembling stupidity - part 2: reading from Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent€ť 4-10-13
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Show #37 a silence closely resembling stupidity - part 1: reading from Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” 4-3-13
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Show #36 Between the Bylines or how i learned to surf the web and learn some shit€ť 3-27-13
shut em down€ť - public enemy
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Show #35 Paul Reps: Pathway to the Marrow” 3-20-13
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones - Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki
Zen Telegrams - Paul Reps
gold and fish signatures - Paul Reps
Unsung Heroes and the Question of Zen in Haiku Poetry
Ray Kane
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Show #34 The Bucky Doesn’t Stop Here€ť 3-13-13
It Came to Pass, Not to Stay - R. Buckminster Fuller
"Do Your Own Thinking€ť
Nerina Pallot - Buckminster Fuller€ť
Buckminster Fuller

Last night I dreamt of him:
Buckminster Fuller
Force that drives the flower brings
Grace to caterpillars
Slowly creeping
Drunk with meaning
Things unseen are not unmade

And I am just a little thing
Made like all others
Humble as a bumble bee
My heart set on the moon
Full force feeling
Here is meaning
Things unseen are not unmade

How was it, how is it, how was this great world grown?
Things unseen are already there

Slowly creeping
Drunk with meaning
Things unseen are not unmade
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Show #33 Think Outside the Cage: a way of waking up to the very life we’re living€ť 3-6-13
John Cage playing amplified cacti and plant materials with a feather
John Cage about silence
John Cage - Ocean of Sounds
wikipedia info
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Show #32 Physics and Metaphysics: the Tibetan Buddhist perspective€ť 2-27-13
The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama’s Book of Transformation
The Buddhist Channel
Jewel Fire - Arya F. Jenkins
"Nagarjuna and Quantum physics: Eastern and Western Modes of Thought"
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Show #31 Rhythm, Syncopation, and much more: Poetry of Yusef Komunyakaa€ť 2-20-13
Thieves of Paradise - Yusef Komunyakaa
"Facing It"
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Show #30 It doesn’t have to be called a poem, you know: Poetry of Tennessee Williams€ť 2-13-13
The Collected Poems of Tennessee Williams - ed. by David Roessel and Nicholas Moschovakis (New Directions)
Tennessee Williams Memoirs
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Show #29 Free Speech Zones and Community Centers: a conversation with Tony Bellizzi€ť 2-6-13
Hope for the Children Foundation
The Vault
Zero Gravity
Full of Grace€ť trailer
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Show #28 Actions Speak As Loud As Words: a conversation with Christine Rose 1-30-13
Changing Winds Advocacy Center
STAR: Students and Teachers Against Racism
rosepetl5 @ aol.com
ndian Country Today
Native Sun News
CD Ksa€ť by Ghosthorse
First Voices Indigenous Radio
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Show #27 Sitting In Your Chair And Going Somewhere: a conversation with Evan T. Pritchard€ť 1-23-13
The Center for Algonquin Culture
The Way of the Heron
Idle No More
No Word For Time: The Way of the Algonquin People
Native New Yorkers: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York
excerpt from
Henry Hudson and the Algonquins of New York
Meta Epstein - harp1 & harp2
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Show #26 Winter Haiku Companion€ť 1-16-13
essay - Unsung Heroes and the Question of Zen in Haiku Poetry
Show #8 Haiku: Being in the Moment, Flowing with the Seasons€ť
shakuhachi flute
Haiku - R. H. Blyth
Chiyo-ni: Woman Haiku Master - Patricia Donegan and Yoshie Ishibashi
Endless Vow€ť The Zen Path of Soen Nakagawa
Haiku One Breaths: a voice through a tangle
2013 Haiku Calendar
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Show #25 Put Simply, The Problem Is Complex” 1-9-13
The Complex: How The Military Invades Our Everyday Lives - Nick Turse
Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got To Be So Hated - Gore Vidal
The Militarization of Indian Country - Winona LaDuke with Sean Cruz
The War You Don’t See - John Pilger
Singing an Epic of Peace - Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
Dwight D. Eisenhower - Jan 17, 1961
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Show #24 Creation Myths: The World Anew€ť 1-2-13
A Dictionary of Creation Myths - David Leeming and Margaret Leeming
One Man’s Mythology - DVD
impeach the monsters: New Dawn
Arctic Refuge: A Gathering of the Tribes - Soundings of the Planet
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Show #23 Number One Son: breaking religio-spiritual stereotypes€ť 12-26-12
The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Very Short Introduction - Timothy H. Lim
The Hermetic Museum: Alchemy & Mysticism - Alexander Roob
God’s Grandeur and Other Poems - Gerard Manley Hopkins
A Coney Island of the Mind - poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Singing an Epic of Peace - Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
En for alle - Skruk
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Show #22 Another Turn of the Sun: hymns and poems€ť 12-19-12
The Secret Destiny of America -Manly P. Hall (the parts on Columbus are questionable)
Dawnsong! - Askia M. Toure
Rumi: The Big Red Book - trans. by Coleman Barks
How to Paint Sunlight - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Singing an Epic of Peace - Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
BBC Documentary: Sun Ra, Brother From Another Planet
Great Hymn to the Aten
Psalm 104

Sun Song

Wouldn't you want me at daybreak
all up into your sky, your hair,
a firecrackered twilight still sparkling in our minds
bells on my moccasins walking like an Egyptian
the taste of every birdsong on my tongue

whether you want it or not, Sun song
whether you seek it or try to avoid it, Sun song.
Nighttime is ungraspable

and so is this ball of fire
but if you let the rays touch your skin

"you are the One, the only One"

 - Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
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Show #21 "Young Artist Series launch: conversations with Elena Botts and Austin Aoyagi" 12-12-12
a little luminescenceby Elena Botts
ElenaBotts @ gmail.com

Click here to view "State of Discord". music by Austin Aoyagi
quailleenthusiast97 @ yahoo.com

Extreme Heat - published in the anthologyThe (Un)Occupy Movement
  ~ Austin Aoyagi

The heat was unbearable. As the flames danced around his body,
he started to perspire. Beads of sweat flowed down his skin, forming
a river as they approached the ground. The temperature began to
creep upward slowly. With every second, it became harder to
breathe and the man felt as if he was going to suffocate.

What an awful place, the man thought. Am I the only one who has
to suffer this cruel fate?

As soon as that thought passed through his mind, the man noticed
a long, winding line of men in suits. Although the sight was peculiar
at first, the man realized something even stranger: the manner
in which the men were walking. They seemed relaxed, at ease,
unimpeded by the extreme heat that filled the atmosphere.

Isn’t that odd? the man thought to himself. How can they feel so
comfortable in this dreadful heat?

Suddenly the man’s attention was diverted, as the cuff of his sleeve
caught fire. As the flames spread to his hand, the pain engulfed him,
dulling his senses. Immediately, he was inundated with thoughts about
the prospect of survival. However, strange as it may seem, the flames
dissipated, almost as quickly as they had come. Mystified, the man
blessed his luck, but this occurrence raised questions in his mind.

Where am I? What is this place? Bewildered, the man sought 
answers, but none were forthcoming. I know, he decided. I will ask
the men in suits.
With that decision, the man was a step closer to
finding the answer that he was looking for, although the answer was
not one that he would want to hear.
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The next morning, the man was determined to discover an answer
to his question, regardless of the significance it might have.
Reinvigorated by the drive of determination, the man was
slow to realize that his body had become acclimated to the heat.
While the flames frolicked in the background with a fiendish joy,
a sense of uneasiness still loomed over the man; a nameless dread
hung in the air, replacing the discomfort that the heat had once

At that instance, the endless line of men in neatly dressed suits
emerged, moving through a barren wasteland of dried, cracked
ground. The man’s heart jumped, skipping a beat. The flames, inter-
spersed throughout the landscape, flared up, licking his skin. As the
heat pressed against him and his breath grew restricted, the man
began to sweat profusely. His thoughts became clouded and he nearly
missed his chance to confront the mysterious figures. However, the
man regained his composure and the initiative that he required
presented itself at just the right moment.

“Excuse me, sir, do you know where we are?€ť the man inquired.

The crowd erupted in laughter, suggesting to the man that his
question was beyond ridiculous. Why, isn’t it obvious?€ť the suited
figure responded slyly. We are in hell.€ť

As the man gasped, the crowd released another round of raucous

In disbelief, the man muttered, can’t be. It just can’t As the man
began to wrap his head around his grim fate, questions started to
float into his mind. As he put his thoughts into words, the man asked,
Why are you here?â€

With a grin on his face, the man who had provided the initial
response stated, I am a banker. I loaned money that I did not have,
I illegally foreclosed homes, and I printed a country into a recession.€ť

Curious, the man went down the line, posing the same question
to each of the men in suits.

One man said, I am a lawmaker. I created laws that favored the
corporations and seized rights from the citizens of my country.

Another boasted, I am the founder of a multinational business that
valued profit over human lives, crushed any and all competition no
matter the cost, and prevented breakthrough technology that could
have revolutionized the world in order to maintain the status quo.

Finally, the last man to speak stated, I am the leader of a nation. I
started unnecessary wars based on lies and propaganda, I slaughtered
millions of innocent individuals, and I ravaged foreign countries of
their resources and freedoms.€ť

Puzzled, the man asked, With all due respect, why am I here? I may
have sinned, but I did not do anything that was nearly that evil.

Well,€ť the man who was the leader of a nation retorted, you stood
around and watched.
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Show #20 The Prophet Motive: the choice is yours 12-5-12
First Voices Indigenous Radio - archive, November 29, 2012
"Hopi Message 2012 'World Waters at Risk' Prophecy"&Sign Avaaz Petition
Last Real Indians - Chase IronEyes
Deciembre 21 - Tiempo del Pachakuti
Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age - Gregg Braden
The Hopi Survival Kit: The Prophecies, Instructions, and Warnings Revealed by the Last Elders - Thomas E. Mails
The Maya End Times - A Spiritual Adventure: Maya Prophecies for 2012 - Patricia Mercier
Mayan Drums

 Of Prophecies and 2012 - written and compiled by Mankh

 And the end and the beginning were always there
 Before the beginning and after the end.
And all is always now.

  - T.S. Eliot (from his poem Burnt Norton€ť in Four Quartets)

Much has been said and written about these so-called End Times€ť. While some regard it as a time of doom, others consider it a renaissance or  long-awaited Age of enlightened consciousness. The Earth itself perhaps speaks loudest, as severe weather patterns and   imbalances reveal. During an interview on First Voices Indigenous Radio, Doug George-Kanentiio, an Awkesasne  Mohawk, called the changes in weather, climate revolt€ť.

The three Abrahamic religions refer to End Times€ť . . . but have they forgotten to add a new Beginning?! Meanwhile, the Evangelicals are pining for The Rapture€ť, where the chosen ones  will be miraculously saved. Chosen by whom, however, remains a mystery.

The ancient Mayan calendar indicates that a 5,100 to 5,200 year cycle will end (and a new one begin) on December 21, 2012, when the Earth and  Solstice Sun align with the Milky Way (~26,000 year cycle), a process called galactic alignment  though the past decade or so of weather extremes plus the North Pole shift indicate that the process has already begun.

Some Natives call this Age we are living in The Great  Sweat€ť. The Navaho as well as the Hopi Traditionalists say that we are  in the process of entering, or have already entered, the Fifth World or Age (of consciousness) and that the path from Fourth to Fifth requires  much purification. Other American Indian names for Fifth World are: Many Colored Earth” and Changeable Earth€ť. Mayans call this Age,  Fifth Sun or Creation. Aztecs, the Sixth Sun. Incas, the Age of  Meeting Ourselves Again. And there are more such explanations.

According to the Hindu calendar (with its mind-boggling lengths of ages, called yugas) we are in the midst of a Kali Yuga (Dark Age), an age of  devastation and purification. Part of the prophecy of Kali Yuga is that the appearance of a being on a white horse will end the discord. Luckily, this is to be followed by a Satya Yuga, a golden age of truth, light, equality, and blessedness. In other words, End Times€ť may  actually mean: the end of empires!

From the Amazon, the prophecy  of the Eagle, Condor, and the Quetzal tells that a balance of Indigenous  wisdom and the technologies of science will save us. The Anishnabe People Seven Fires Prophecy€ť tells that the seventh fire lights the eighth and final fire. Other phrases to describe what’s happening are: The Great Turning€ť and The Shift.

Reading  between the lines, the prophecies seem to say that, when it comes to how you respond to these changing times: the choice is yours. And that  gives new meaning to the chosen ones€ť.
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Show #19 Allbook Books Fun-d Drive and Multi-Cultural Holidays Roast€ť
Index of Books and Authors
To Purchase Books and Other Items
No Conspiracy Theory -- A Small Group of Companies Have Enormous Power Over the World - Andrew Gavin Marshall
Ancient of Days - William Blake
Future Shock; The Third Wave; Powershift - Alvin Toffler
Revolutionary Wealth - Alvin and Heidi Toffler
The Three Wise Animals - Maxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr., with illustrations by Alice Melzer

my GOD has an O
some spell G-d
as if there is a risk of insult
a chance for smiting

my GOD has an O
round as an apple
the moon the sun the earth . . .
this could go on and on
like Os do
like Ouroborous
or standing ovations
or orgasms
Oh! it’s nice to see you
once again
my GOD has an O
round as my right testicle
round as a Norwegian’s face in summer
as another round of drinks
round as been-there-done-that
found another ball to play with
as a merry-go-round or golden ring
or the Nothing they say we all come from
live with
go to
when all our rounds are over

 ~ Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) - from
Adam Had No Earthly Navel
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Show #18 Telling Stories and Giving Thanks: a conversation with storyteller Kay Olan, Wolf Clan Mohawk” 11-21-12
CD - Mohawk Stories
Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community - Festival the last weekend in June
"Thanksgiving Address: Greetings to the Natural World" booklet
(really short version online)
Akwesasne Freedom School
Native Authors
Tree of Peace Society
Two Row Wampum Renewal
Six Nations Indian Museum
Saratoga Festival
Iroquois Indian Museum has events all year
Iroquois on Fire: A Voice from the Mohawk Nation - Douglas M. George-Kanentiio
Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling
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Show #17 The Rhythms of Life: a conversation with David Amram” 11-14-12
Modern Muses: How Artists Become Inspired
The Beat Face of God: The Beat Generation as Spirit Guides by Stephen D. Eddington
with foreword by David Amram
Books by David Amram:
- Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat
- Vibrations: A Memoir
- Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac
small sampling of albums:
- No More Walls
- Live at Musikfest!
- Three Concertos
David Amram: The First 80 Years€ť - trailer a film by Lawrence Kraman
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Show #16 Watts Up: to eff the ineffable€ť 11-7-12
Audio or Video::
The Houseboat Summit - Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg
on conforming to society
Being Completely Here and Now
The Real You
In My Own Way - An Autobiography
Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: a mountain journal
The Way of Zen
the Deep-In€ť View
TAO: The Watercourse Way - with the collaboration of Al Chung-ling Huang
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Technical Difficulties:
during the week of October 31, Hurricane Full Moon Sandy knocked down the Lines!
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Show #15 Emotionomics 10-24-12
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent - Eduardo Galeano
The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century - ed. by Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall
To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa - Nnimmo Bassey
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - John Perkins
Austrian School of Economics
Fair World Project
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Gerald Celente, Max Keiser, Michael Hudson
Tar Sands Blockade
“Banking With Hitler
Father Guido Sarducci’s 5 Minute University
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Show #14 The Ins and Outs of Education€ť 10-17-12
ChildSpirit Institute - understanding & nurturing the spiritual life of the young
The Secret Spiritual World of Children - Tobin Hart, Phd
TED Talk: Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
Heliopolis - track from Chris Nicola’s CD Novus Digestor
with Eli Maniscalco on bass and he is also a respective singer-songwriter from Long Island.
contact Chris: housesofgrafitti @ yahoo.com
Chris’ music at
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Show #13 From Earth to Hand to Mouth: a culinary conversation with food writer Sylvia Carter€ť 10-10-12

Polyface Farm
A Conversation with Beekeeper Mary Woltz of Bees’ Needs
Dive! the film
Food, Inc.
Temple Grandin
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Show #12 Seriously Funny: a conversation with comedian & activist Lee Camp€ť 10-3-12
As Lee’s website states:
Moment of Clarity: The Rantings of a Stark Raving Sane Man€ť
If you want the paperback book but do not want to use Amazon, you can buy  it directly from Lee, $14.95 plus shipping. Just send an e-mail to
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Show #11 Relationalspeak: The Antidote to Doublespeak - a conversation with Tiokasin Ghosthorse from the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation” 9-26-12

Children of the Sun: prosetry unplugged
The (Un)Occupy Movement

CD Ksa€ť by Ghosthorse

First Voices Indigenous Radio
October 8, 2012 -
Repairing the Sacred Hoop

To better understand Indigenous perspective, books by Vine Deloria, Jr.

Tiokasin has an essay, The Lakota Star Nation,€ť in the anthology, Soul  Companions: Conversations With Contemporary Wisdom Keepers -- A Collection of Encounters With Spirit - edited by Karen Sawyer (O Books,  2008).

To donate clothes, etc. for the Lakota Peoples - Changing Winds Advocacy Center
Simply Smiles

So the universe eyes€ť in the same way a tree apples and space stars.€ť  (You can always turn a noun into a verb because every thing is also an event, a happening. Houses are housing.€ť)€ť
  --Alan Watts, from Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal, p.65
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Show #10 Dios me libre de hombre de un libro 9-19-12

Being Still: Reflections on an Ancient Mystical Tradition - Jean-Yves Leloup, trans. by M. S. Laird, O.S.A. (Gracewing/Paulist Press, 1990-2003).
The Bushman Way of Tracking God: The Original Spirituality of the Kalahari People (Atria Books, 2010).
The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell.
The Ladder of Lights - William G. Gray (Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1968).
Lee Brown on 4 Races prophecy
CD - Music of the Kalahari San: Instrumental Pieces and Songs of the Healing Dance

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Show #9 Sound and Sense and Nonsense” 9-12-12

Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story... lift the great song again.€ť - Homer

CD Ksa by Ghosthorse, song Allison’s Eye.

Singing an Epic of Peace

Poetry As Insurgent Art - Lawrence Ferlinghetti (New Directions Books, 1975 - 2007).
The Odyssey - Homer, trans. by Robert Fitzgerald (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998).
Quite Early One Morning - Dylan Thomas (New Directions Books, 1954).
God’s Grandeur and Other Poems - Gerard Manley Hopkins (Dover Publications, Inc. 1995).

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Show #8 Haiku: Being in the Moment, Flowing with the Seasons€ť 9-5-12
Though its roots go back at least 2600 years, haiku began to flourish in 17th  century Japan. Akin to Zen Buddhist and Taoist philosophy (and other  Asian arts), haiku poetry encourages attention to the present moment as well as keeping connected with the pathway of seasons. A wonderful way to align with nature, enhance one's mindfulness (as well as Zen  mindlessness), and hone your verbal skills (being so short, haiku require great precision!). Five Masters: Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki, Chiyo-ni.

Haiku One Breaths: a voice through a tangle

The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho´, Buson, & Issa - edited by Robert Hass (The Ecco Press, 1994).

The Haiku Handbook: How to Write, Share, and Teach Haiku - William J. Higginson with Penny Harter

Haiku - R.H. Blyth (The Hokuseido Press, 1949, 1981).

Chiyo-ni: Woman Haiku Master - Patricia Donegan and Yoshie Ishibashi (Tuttle Publishing, 1998).

The Haiku Anthology - edited by Cor van den Heuvel (W.W. Norton & Company, 1999).

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Show #7 The Moments a Poem Makes€ť 8-29-12

Poetry by Barbara Southard, from the book Remember

Living Watching

Words might capture a part of it.
A painting might freeze an hour’s sunlight
slanting across a grove of trees€
but it is living, watching, that matters most:

to feel the warm sun sliding across your back,
watch a progression of clouds
move across a full moon,
see the color of bark on a tree change to plum
when the sun hides behind tumultuous branches:

to be an envoy between what is seen
— changing with each blink of an eye
to freeze just one of those fractals in time
and give back bits and pieces of the whole
like tattered rags skittering across the ground


On the Bay
Shinnecock Bay

Rain comes down hard through thick briny air,
large glistening arrows
reverting back to their source,
like salmon returning to their place of birth.

If you stay out here long enough,
you can pick up countless patterns
of replication, invisible connections
binding one to another.

Does the fish beneath my boat
feel pain?
What do I owe the horseshoe crab
for my existence?

We are all beneficiaries of our beginnings,
cousins to the terrapin
poking its head out of marsh water,
soul-mate to swans nurturing their young.



There is that moment
burrowed between clattering dishes
or a fence that needs mending
when there is perfection,
like the flashing silver reflection
of a school of fish passing by

when clarity takes hold
and life throws a clue:
another peach to be plucked
all fragrant and soft, each bite sweet,
juice coursing down your face
like salty tears.



There’s something to be said
for marks made by use —

the darkened handle on a hammer,
a wedding band reduced to a sliver
of gold, concaved cutting board
hanging on the kitchen wall.

The finish is worn to bare wood
next to the old door knob
where knuckles have rubbed
for sixty years:

scrubby boy hands turning the latch
just for the joy of making things happen,
misshapen joints of an old man,
the first fumbling efforts of a small child.


Labor Pool Workers
Jacksonville, Florida

They start arriving before light, climb
into vans, fan out through the city
to dig holes, scrape paint off ships, clean out
toxic tanks in the mills lesions roiling up
on scarred skin, battered hands
caustic chemicals, blistering heat
indecipherable faces darkened by sun.
From four in the afternoon until eight,
they roll in, spill out of vans, pick up
their day’s pay
bandaged hand, bent back, favored foot
They spider out along 8th Street, make their way 
home, catch some sleep, then back before light
each day, new faces mixed with old
mixture of sweat, muscle and bone.



Remember this
Junior Brown playing the blues.
Those leaves at dusk traveling
to the center of your soul
through conduits of deep crimson.

Store this
In some retrievable place,
like the glass dish placed
on the window sill, still holding
sea-washed stones from that little town
in Italy, where we walked through
the woods to swim in the sea.

Remember this
The hummingbird that pierced
your heart with beauty outside
the window of the cafe near the
Bay of Fundy or the snow geese
rising up of one mind like Buddha
out of the marshes in coastal Virginia.

Store these
In some retrievable place,
to be brought back when your eyes
dim and your body no longer answers
your bidding when ghosts of past
failures crowd out the incandescent
feel of a baby’s hand in yours.

Remember these
The multitude of sacred moments
that marched onward from that first
sentient spark to the last flickering light.



Kenai Peninsula at 11 P.M.

The mountains
a golden glow from the sun
low on the horizon

petal pink snow
between plum colored rocks
deep green of the tree line

the lake
against a blue haze
turning to dusky pink

turning to pale blue
to buttery yellow
low on the horizon.

The glacier nearby
into the sea
and the sea reaches out.


The Back of Barry’s Head

If you sit behind a boy an entire school year
even if you’re only in 4th grade, the back
of his head provokes all kinds of interesting
observations, like the way the sun from the window
reflects off the shiny black slickness of his perfect
hair, or how the back of his neck, so luminous,
is covered with whirly designs of fine down,
or the way he moves his shoulder in a shrug
under his pressed pastel shirt and how his elbow
shakes back and forth, erasing mistakes.

I can’t remember what I learned that year,
although I’m certain it was something useful,
nor can I remember any of the girls’ names
I surely played with on the playground,
but I remember the back of Barry’s head
in all its complexity, like last night’s dream.


lyrics for The Pines€ť by Joseph Langham with Peter Rowan on mandolin and Wild Billy Kneebone on guitar

The pines are a song unto themselves
Fruit that remains from an ocean of time
Like the wind when they bend like the bow
It’s always worth a little more than you think
You even got and you know sometimes how you think you got a lot

You’re just learning the ancient wanderer’s code
While you ramble down the road
Then a vision overtakes you and the weights about to break you
And your heart begins to cry while anything that remains
In pure form be the moment and connect the wire
You’re a storm to move the flag that’s causing all the stars to black out

The pines are a song unto us all and if you listen real close
I bet you’ll find there’s a song right there all the time
And you’ve always got a little more than you give yourself the credit for
then a song somehow just opens every door

The pines are a song unto themselves they’re just a song
Even when they’re still and the wind doesn’t blow
They’re the song the silence knows
And it’s always worth a little more than you think you even got
And you know sometimes how you think you got a lot

Copyright © 2012 individual authors.
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Show #6 Zen There, Done That€ť 8-22-12

"the art of artlessness" - Alan Watts

"Zen, which is fundamentally about the emancipation of all beings, is  unfortunately sealed in a square box called Zen. " - Soen Nakagawa Roshi
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The Zen Master's Life Is One Continuous Mistake
by Ginger Williams, from Watching a Sleeping Pig

if the jar is cracked  he drinks
if the day is grey  he smiles
if the doorway is narrow
he'll squeeze through
stopping to meditate on his face
before he was born

"what about the trees?" we ask
"a willow is a willow is not"
he replies
i mention one hand clapping 
he whacks me with a stick

(the zen master is so foolish
we must smother our laughter)

when we wonder about emptiness
he answers
"a bluebird carries the sky on her back"

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Ten Bulls by Kakuan
Zen Flesh Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings - Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki (includes Ten Bulls)
The Way of Zen - Alan Watts
Endless Vow€ť The Zen Path of Soen Nakagawa
A Buddha from Korea: The Zen Teachings of Taego - J.C. Cleary
Tao Te Ching (Thou Dei Jinn) and I Ching (Ye Jinn)

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A Net for the Moon

Free of the nets
free of the ropes
moon on the water.

  - Buson

We try to capture moments
at the local restaurant
as a child tries to assemble
a Mr. Potato Head on the restaurant floor
asking what goes where
until he figures how, himself.

The holiday window lights
blink on and off and on
as the cars roll by on Main St.

Trying to capture moments
is like chasing butterflies with a net,
or a net thrown into a pool of  water to catch the moon.

Yet we go on,
capture moments with pen, with song,
with photo, watercolors once the ink stops to dry€
yet as we capture them,
how many moments have rolled by un-noticed?

Or in not capturing
have you noticed the lights blinking,
and the way glasses of wine unhitch the tongue,
how the conversation rolls by
solving all manner of problems
with heartfelt words and a smile,
all manner of problems solved
as a child finds the right mouth and eyebrows
for Mr. Potato Head,

as the moon seems to have caught me
staring out the window
and then made sure
there was something i too would be assembling.

- Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) from A Net for the Moon
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Show #5 Literary and Life Mentors: A Tribute to Gore Vidal and Ray Bradbury€ť 8-15-12

"There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem." - Gore Vidal


Gore Vidal:
Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
Gore Vidal: Sexually Speaking - Collected Sex Essays
Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So Hated
Dreaming War: Blood for Oil and the Cheney-Bush Junta
Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson

Ray Bradbury:
Zen in the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius Within You
Dandelion Wine
This Attic Where the Meadow Greens
Fahrenheit 451 (novel and movie)
The Martian Chronicles (novel and movie)

Hans Christian’s website - song “To Honor Your Greatness from CD Undefended Heart€ť.

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Show #4 The (Un)Occupy Movement€ť 8-8-12

"They ain't gonna wipe us out. Why, we're the people€, we go on..."
  - Ma Joad, in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

The (Un)Occupy Anthology: Autonomy of Consciousness, Practical Solutions, Human Equality

The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World”

Liza B’s video site, Nothing Official€ť

If You’ve Forgotten the Names of the Clouds, You’ve Lost Your Way - Russell Means and Bayard Johnson

Occupy This Album - song featured, Something’s Got to Give€ť - Matt Pless

Also, look into the various Movements of Latin America, representative of socialist democracy.

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Show #3 Unsettling: A White Man’s Guide to Indigenous Literature 8-1-12

Today a sadness lies in the fears of Americans who do not know what to do  except react in warmongering and pacifist jingoisms - trista pena.â€
Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Cornhusk Doll” from CD Mohawk Stories” CDKay Olan ionataiewas14 (a) hotmail.com Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community Fonda, New York.

Allbook Books publications by Tiokasin Ghosthorse
Children of the Sun: prosetry unplugged

Other books cited:
Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future edited by Melissa K. Nelson

And Grandma Said ... Iroquois Teachings as passed down through the oral tradition by Tom Porter (Sakokwenionkwas)

Thanksgiving Address: Greetings to the Natural World

basic call to consciousness edited by Akwesasne Notes

The Militarization of Indian Country - Winona LaDuke with Sean Cruz

Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions - John (Fire) Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes

New World of Indigenous Resistance: Noam Chomsky and Voices from North,  South, and Central America edited by Lois Meyer and Benjamin Maldonado  Alvarado

For Indigenous Eyes Only: A Decolonization Handbook edited by Waziyatawin Angela Wilson and Michael Yellow Bird

Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty to the World - Paul Hawken

Native American History - Judith Nies

The Elder Brothers: A Lost South American People and Their Wisdom - Alan Ereira

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent - Eduatdo Galeano

Flying With The Eagle, Racing With The Great Bear: Stories From Native North America told by Joseph Bruchac

Native New Yorkers: The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York - Evan T. Pritchard

Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Way of Animals - Jamie Sands & David Carson

Native Authors.com

Writing Tip: Write a poem, story, or whatever from the perspective of a tree, an ant, the rain beings, etc.

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Show #2 Media and So-Called Political Poems€ť 7-25-12

The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude.€ť - George Orwell


(composed on 11/11/11)


 - Russ Green
© 2012.

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Dear Lord, They Prey

Predator drones from predator nations
we'd be safer if they stuck to Playstations

"Reaper drone" aircraft a grim nomenclature
by those who are numb to the beings of nature

these lords of death are out for the kill
with citizen foot-soldiers footing the bill

Men stuck in a Darwinian paradigm
what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine

i know it's a big pharma pillage to swallow
but these unmanned drones are killing our tomorrows

in the name of the Lord these lords of death prey
but i pray that the Lord will keep them away

NATO signed $1.7 billion with Northrop Grumman
to keep their unarmed drone global surveillance hummin'

but these dunderheads and their gadgets have no vision
only sophisticated in the 'art' of division

the drone of a bee is far more appealing
or continuous chords with musical feeling

but predator drones from predator nations
leave innocents crying from amputations.

 - Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
first published at
Axis of Logic

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The Nobel Peace Prize Goes To. . .

a child in Iraq a sparrow in Detroit
a polar bear a wildflower the one cell
in Rove’s brain that is peaceful
a chunk of ice floating away from the top
of the world

the soldiers who have held their gunfire
the soldiers who have left the war
the soldiers who refused to become soldiers
a sparrow in Afghanistan

the Myanmar monks the Australian abos
a Darfur grandmother a Hopi grandfather
a Taoist a true Christian the funniest Jew
you’ve ever heard

the Shakers the Quakers the Pacifists
the half-baked weed smokers
the devotees of Walden Pond
the whirling Dervishes
the drunk in the alley who has only damaged
his own knuckles
against the cold brick wall in the heart of winter

a fool in a field in the middle of anywhere
who is feeding a sparrow with one hand
and waving a white flag with the other

- Mankh (Walter E. Harris III)
impeach the monsters: New Dawn

Works cited:
€ťGeorge Orwell: Why I Write€ť

The Century of the Self - parts 1 - 4

The (Un)Occupy Movement: Autonomy of Consciousness, Practical Solutions, Human Equality

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media - Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, Vintage Books, 1998.

Axis of Logic - Finding Clarity in the 21st century mediaplex

Quite So Crazy€ť - song b Joseph Langham © 2012.

Have you ever heard anything
quite so crazy
like a sunset on a mountain
that drags your heart to worship
there’s a lot of love in this world
but it’s too hard to find
have you ever heard anything
quite so lazy
any self-made wise man will tell you
give away all your money
cause it has no value
doesn’t the humor sometimes
almost kill you
but then a good dose of laughter
just might heal you

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Show # 1 Between the Lines” 7-18-12

These letters
the inspired:
g e s t u r  e s  or

of One
we can only open to.

Between these letters - -
motions and conversations with bells

These words
the bits and pieces
of   a   deeper    love.

Between these wordsâ
colors of moments
that cannot be painted.

These lines the ribbons trailing along a breeze of breaths:
Between these lines----
a thousand poems
that cannot be written.

Travelers make their way
holding fast to the center of the wheel.

And those who must stay
hold fast to the nothing
so all may
proceed smoothly

- Mankh (Walter E. Harris III), from Singing an Epic of Peace

Books cited:
The Hopi Survival Kit: The Prophecies, Instructions, and Warnings Revealed by the Last Elders - Thomas E. Mails, Penguin/Arkana, NY, 1997.

The Little Zen Companion - David Schiller, Workman Publishing, NY, 1994.

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