Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Daily Bleed for March 24th

Let me tell you something about meditation. At the absolute
center, is the vortex we are spun from like clay, there is a
shaping hand which is neither Godlike nor peaceful as you

— Forrest Gander, "The Violence Of The Egg"

Web Bleechers:


Way beyond Freud & Jung, the SexPol dynamo.

Ancient Rome: DAY OF BLOOD, part of the FESTIVAL
OF ATTIS (Hilaria). Priests gash themselves with knives
in frenzied dancing to wild music, an offering to the
resurrected Attis.


1638 - Deep Ecology?: Rhode Island purchased from the
Indians for 40 fathoms of beads. Reds in deed.

1788 - Commie Ingrates?: People of Rhode Island, in a
special referendum, reject the new United States
Constitution by a 10-to-1 margin. Reds in deed.

1834 - Utopian William Morris (1834-1896) lives,
England. Poet/artist/socialist/
designer/printer whose
designs generated the Arts & Crafts Movement in the later
half of the 19th century. Best known for his utopian
News From Nowhere (1890).

1874 - Escapologist Harry Houdini lives, Budapest, Hungary.

1897 - SexPol revolutionary Wilhelm Reich lives,
Dobrzynica,Galicia. Reich wrote The Mass Psychology
of Fascism
, Sex-Pol Essays, Function of the Orgasm, etc.


US: Russell Blackwell (aka Rosario Negrete) lives (d.1969).
Cartographer, community activist, a Wobbly, anarchist &
co-founder of the Libertarian League.

1905 - Jules Verne, father of modern science fiction,
journeys no further, dies, Amiens, France.

1906 -- US: Dwight Macdonald lives (1906-82). American social
critic, philosopher, combative journalist & anarchist.

1919 - Poet/painter/beat/publisher/anarchist & founder of
City Lights Bookstore in Frisco, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
lives, Yonkers, New York.

Ferlinghetti opened a bookshop called the City Lights
Pocket Book Shop. He described City Lights "as a place
you could go in, sit down, & read books without being
pestered to buy something."
The store became a home
for the Beat Generation of poets & writers, & Ferlinghetti
also turned it into a publishing house — the first to publish
Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl". City Lights published it in
1957 & Ferlinghetti was immediately arrested on obscenity
charges. He won the trial & went on to publish William S.
Burroughs, Jack Kerouac & Paul Bowles. He wrote a pair
of novels, two volumes of plays & over 10 books of poetry.

1919 - Spain: "La Canadienne" strike in Barcelona ended
8 February; but in the face of the refusal of the army to
release a score of still imprisoned militants, they strike
again today in a beautiful show of solidarity.

The government had imprisoned 3000 strikers of the
the CNT & declared martial law in its attempt to
crush the workers.

1926 - Italian playwright, manager-director-actor-mime
Dario Fo lives, Leggiuno-Sangiamo, Italy.

In 1997, the Nobel committee awarded Dario Fo the
Literature Prize, noting he "emulates the jesters of
the Middle Ages in scourging authority & upholding
the dignity of the downtrodden."

Dario Fo´s career started in small cabarets, theatres.
In 1968 Dario founded the acting group Nuova Scena,
which had ties to the Italian Communist Party, but his
satirical views aroused much criticism from the
Communist Press — like earlier from the Catholic

In 1970 Fo started Colletivo Teatrale La Comune.
Among Fo´s most famous works are "Accidental
Death of an Anarchist" & "We Can't Pay? We Won't Pay!"

1935 -- Poet William Witherup lives (d.2009). Raised in Richland,
Washington in the shadow of the Hanford Atomic Energy facility.
Author of Down Wind, Down River: New & Selected Poems; Black
Ash, Orange Fire: Collected Poems 1959-1985
; Men at Work.

Bill Witherup, aka Bear Dog.
Here's barking atcha, 000r00r0000r0000roooo.

He cleans himself; rests,
But keeps a wary eye-
The bone is now "just right."

— excerpt, "The Poet as Hornet"

"Skeptical of civilization, disgusted with its discontents,
in him the reformist vein in West Coast writing finds outlet
through an occasional tirade against polluters of every stripe…."

— William Everson

1962 - England: 1,172 arrested in sit-down against nuclear
weapons, Parliament Square.

1965 - US: First Vietnam teach-in, University of Michigan.
(Organized by SDS?) 500 participants were expected, but
3,000 showed up for an all-nighter.

1969 - Lennox Raphael's play "Che" is busted for obscenity
two days after opening at the Free Store Theatre in Manhattan.

1973 - Lou Reed is bitten on his fanny by a fan at a
concert in Buffalo, New York.

1977 - Argentina: Yet another government can only
stammer the speech of death: Rodolfo Walsh writes an
open letter to the Military junta regards its infamous
crimes; a day later, the dictatorship assassinates him.

The naked word is scandalous where fear rules,
the naked word dangerous where the great
dance of disguises is danced.

1980 - El Salvador: Archbishop Oscar Romero assassinated
during mass, San Salvador, by US-armed & supported rightist
goon squads. Romero has exhorted the police & soldiers to
disobey orders to kill innocent people, refuses to be
silenced by those in power. The town has interrupted,
with ovations, his homilies condemning the terrorism of the

Those in power deliver the only ovation they know —
a hail of bullets.

2003 -- US: Michael Moore is in the Hollywood shithouse, following
last nights Academy Awards, for denouncing Beloved & Respected
Comrade Illegitimate President Bush II for his war on his former
Bush Crime Family pal Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader
Saddam Hussein.

While Moore was roundly booed & jeered by the
bulk of Hollywood's finest patriots, the Daily Bleed
rates this segment Five Stars & Two Thumbs up.

One of the finest Academy Awards moments ever
broadcast, this is sure to be an underground cult
classic overnight!

Baseball Canto
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Watching baseball, sitting in the sun, eating popcorn,
reading Ezra Pound,
and wishing that Juan Marichal would hit a hole right
through the

Anglo-Saxon tradition in the first Canto
and demolish the barbarian invaders.
When the San Francisco Giants take the field
and everybody stands up for the National Anthem,
with some Irish tenor's voice piped over the loudspeakers,
with all the players struck dead in their places
and the white umpires like Irish cops in their black suits
black caps pressed over their hearts,
Standing straight and still like at some funeral of a
and all facing east,
as if expecting some Great White Hope or the Founding
Fathers to
appear on the horizon like 1066 or 1776.

But Willie Mays appears instead,
in the bottom of the first,
and a roar goes up as he clouts the first one into the sun
off, like a footrunner from Thebes.
The ball is lost in the sun and maidens wail after him
as he keeps running through the Anglo-Saxon epic.
And Tito Fuentes comes up looking like a bullfighter
in his tight pants and small pointy shoes.
And the right field bleechers go mad with Chicanos and
and Brooklyn beer-drinkers,
"Tito! Sock it to him, sweet Tito!"
And sweet Tito puts his foot in the bucket
and smacks one that don't come back at all,
and flees around the bases
like he's escaping from the United Fruit Company.
As the gringo dollar beats out the pound.
And sweet Tito beats it out like he's beating out usury,
not to mention fascism and anti-semitism.
And Juan Marichal comes up,
and the Chicano bleechers go loco again,
as Juan belts the first ball out of sight,
and rounds first and keeps going
and rounds second and rounds third,
and keeps going and hits paydirt
to the roars of the grungy populace.
As some nut presses the backstage panic button
for the tape-recorded National Anthem again,
to save the situation.

But it don't stop nobody this time,
in their revolution round the loaded white bases,
in this last of the great Anglo-Saxon epics,
in the territorio libre of Baseball.


— Auntie-Epics 0001-9999

"Free thought, necessarily involving freedom of speech &
press, I may tersely define thus: no opinion a law —
no opinion a crime."

— Alexander Berkman

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