Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Daily Bleed for March 30th

[...] of homespun of oatmeal gray
without a blazon is the flag
that I hold up & do not wag.

— Paul Goodman, excerpt, "Little Te Deum"

Radical French decadent symbolist poet.




1746 -- Spanish painter Francisco Goya lives.
Former Daily Bleed Saint.
Politically persecuted painter of the disasters of war

1844 -- Poet Paul Verlaine (Bonheur; Elegies) lives, Metz, France.
Opens the way for free verse.

1853 -- Patent granted to Hyman Lipman for a pencil with an ERASER!

1867 -- US: Alaska purchased from Russia for $7,200,000. Fortunately,
this includes Sarah Palin's porch (for defensive purposes).

1869 -- Lithuania: Anarchist writer/activist & feminist Emma Goldman lives.

1900 -- Nicolas Faucier lives. French anarchist, trade unionist & pacifist.
Ran the bookshop "La librairie sociale," & with Louis Lecoin formed the
"Comité pour l'Espagne libre," (later the SIA [solidarité internationale antifasciste])
& did a many stints in prison for his anti-war activities & only an escape during
WWII saved him from the German camps.

1915 -- Spain: Francisco Sabaté (El Quico), anarchist guérilla
extraordinaire, lives, in Barcelona.

1928 -- Carl Solomon lives, Bronx, New York.

"... who threw potato salad at CCNY lecturers on Dadaism &
subsequently presented themselves on the granite steps of the
madhouse with shaven heads & harlequin speech of suicide,
demanding instantaneous lobotomy ..."

— From 'Howl (for Carl Solomon)' by Allen Ginsberg

1945 -- Ezra Pound is turned over to the American Army by
Italian partisans.

Meanwhile the US government is rehabbing Nazi's (especially
police & spies) all over Europe & helping others escape to
South America & the US with new identities.

"Go swallow a bottle of Coke & let it fizz out your ears."

— William Carlos Williams, to fellow poet Ezra Pound

1970 -- US: After years of struggle & a nationwide boycott, the United
Farm Workers sign the first table-grape contract with two of California's
largest grape growers.

1978 -- Philippines: 10,000 demonstrate against Marcos.

1980 -- Henry Poulaille dies.
French author, anarchist, director of éditions Grasset, where he published
proletarian authors, & the journal "Le nouvel âge littéraire," promoting worker
literature & gained him the enmity of the Communist Party.

1987 -- Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sells for 39.9 million.

During his lifetime, van Gogh sold one painting.
Inspires a resurgence in sunflower seed sales.

2001 -- Seattle raconteur & Blue Mooner Ross Lavroff (1936-2001),
"voice" of the historic 1975 Apollo-Soyuz docking among other
assignments as an interpreter, dies.

Ukraine-born interpreter who served numerous US government &
international agencies. A regular at the Blue Moon Tavern,
where he delighted in entertaining Soviet guests & annoying
the KGB.


"You know the world is going crazy
when the best rapper is a white guy,
the best golfer is a black guy,
France is accusing the US of arrogance,
& Germany doesn't want to go to war."

— Alexandre de Oliveira Kappaun,
Central European University,
Department of Gender Studies

— Anti-Potato Salad fizzing out your ears, 2011

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