Saturday, February 26, 2011

Daily Bleed for February 26th

...... no one has
more thirst for earth, for blood, & for
ferocious sexuality than the creatures who
inhabit cold mirrors.

— Alejandra Pizarnik, The Bloody Countess

Daily Bleed updated, web page in full,


American salonista, feminist, pacifist, bohemian.

Burgsonndeg, Luxembourg: a movable FIRE FESTIVAL
to greet the returning sun.

So sorry, Seattle...


1802 -- Victor Hugo (1802-1885) lives.
Poet/playwright/novelist, leader of the French Romantic movement.
Wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Nietzsche refers to him as
"The lighthouse in a sea of absurdity."

Exiled French republican, romantic, great novelist.

"There is one thing stronger than all the armies
in the world, & that is an idea whose
time has come."

1808 -- French social satirist Honore Daumier lives.

1848 -- England: In London, 29 year old Karl Marx
publishes The Communist Manifesto.

1861 --

The father is silent...

Oh God, there is no God!

— Multatuli

alias Eduard Douwes Dekker,
from "The Prayer of the Ignorant",
The Hague, 26 February 1861,
published in De Dageraad,

1870 -- US: New York's first subway line opens.

The people all filled the station, a million head or more
George used his elbows & his knees until he reached the door
But when he reached those portals, he could not take the gaff
The conductor shut the door on him & cut poor George in half

The train pulled out of Times Square, the swiftest on the line
It carried poor George's head along, but it left his body behind
Poor Georgie died a hero's death, a legend [martyr] plain to see
& the very last words poor Georgie said were "Screw the IRT"

Now when you ride the IRT & you approach Times Square
Incline your head a few degrees & say a silent prayer
For his body it lies between the ties, amidst the dust & dew
& his head it rides the IRT to Flatbush Avenue.

— Dave Van Ronk , excerpt, Georgie on the IRT

1894 -- France: Jean Grave is charged for writing & publishing
La société mourante et l'anarchie.

Octave Mirbeau, who wrote the preface, testified in
Grave's behalf, as did Élisée Reclus, Paul Adam, &
Bernard Lazare — but to no avail.

For his dastardly crime Grave was sent to prison
for two years & the court ordered his book destroyed.

1911 -- US: Emma Goldman speaks in St. Louis,
February 26 through March 3.

With the help of William Marion Reedy, her
lectures are widely attended. Here she meets political
artist Robert Minor, & Roger Baldwin arranges two
speaking engagements for Goldman at the exclusive
Wednesday Ladies' Club.

Reedy was a literary entrepreneur who played a large
role in breaking down the genteel literary tradition,
developing a native poetry, & helping to form some fifty
significant poets.

Emily Dickinson, Stephen Crane, Ezra Pound, Edwin
Arlington Robinson, Amy Lowell, Sara Teasdale, Carl
Sandburg, & Vachel Lindsay are just a few of the writers
whose works Reedy featured in his weekly magazine,
the Mirror.

1915 -- England: Armed & Dangerous? Armaments workers
on the Clyde strike for more pay.

1920 -- Italy: Last appearance of Umanita Nova, anarchist
daily paper published in Milan & Rome (circulation 50,000).
Founded by Errico Malatesta, with many contributors, including
Luigi (Gigi) Damiani, Luigi Fabbri, Camillo Berneri, Nella
Giacometti, etc.

1940 -- Russia: Innovative movement theorist Vsevolod
Meyerhold (1874-1940) executed — on or about — today.

Founding member of the Moscow Art Theater. Symbolist, talented
experimental director of the 1920s & 1930s, whose work inspired
revolutionary artists & filmmakers of his era. A victim of Stalin's
terror, arrested & imprisoned in 1939 until today.

Daily Bleed Saint, February 9

1991 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader
Big Bush is just another crook, admitting supporting Khmer
Rouge (The Killing Fields) in Cambodia — an illegal act.

1991 -- Iraq: US air forces, in the infamous "turkey shoot,"
drop fuel-air bombs & massacre thousands of retreating Iraqi
personnel on the Basra road from Kuwait.

Victors are not
charged with "crimes against humanity"...

Nor is it politically
correct to call Americans "terrorists".

1993 -- US: Terrorist bomb blast rips though seven floors of
New York City's World Trade Center, killing 6, injuring 1,000.
By the following day, over 40 groups claim responsibility. A
prelude to September 11, 2001 & all the political loony Bins.

1998 -- US: Saddam? International weapons inspection
team, including Canadian MP Libby Davies, is not allowed to
determine the presence of weapons of mass destruction at the
Bangor (Washington) nuclear submarine base. Aerial photos
the same day, however, suggest the odds of such heinous
weapons are pretty damn high.


Let us have compassion for those under
chastisement. Alas, who are we ourselves?
Who am I & who are you? Whence do we
come & is it quite certain that we did
nothing before we were born? This earth is
not without some resemblance to a jail. Who
knows but that man is a victim of divine
justice? Look closely at life. It is so
constituted that one senses punishment

— Victor Hugo


— anti-Chastisement, 1997-2011 or thereabouts

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