poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Saturday, November 29, 2003

--check out *The Believer*, November 2003 issue for Michelle Teas
excellent article -Transmissions from Camp Trans-

SPD’s Holiday's OPEN HOUSE!!

Noon-4 PM, Saturday, December 13

Readings at 2pm by San Francisco Poet Laureate devorah major (guest of honor), Elizabeth Robinson, Cedar Sigo and Diem Jones.
SPD warehouse, 1341 7th St. (off Gilman), Berkeley
Free food & drink from Bay Area culinary outlets
This event is Free & Open to the Public

Join hundreds of book lovers at the country's only non-profit, exclusively literary book distributor. See for more details.

Casualties in Iraq

The Human Cost of Occupation

Nick Piombino @ :: fait accompli :: has put up some bits from my second book, *a day in the life of p.* 2002, subpress collective.
.... thank you for taking the time with it Nick, it is nice to know when you finish the work and it floats out into the world... someone hears the heart beat...


Friday, November 28, 2003

South Africa's most popular poet - Mzwakhe Mbuli free from jail

FREEDOM PUZZLE ~ Mzwakhe Mbuli

Is freedom a puzzle? Is freedom a quiz?
What is freedom? And what is the meaning of freedom?
To Nonsikelelo Biko, the meaning is different.
To Helen Suzman, the meaning is different.
To ex-freedom fighters, the meaning is different.
What is freedom? And what is the meaning of freedom?
To KwaZulu/Natali people, the meaning is different
To black and white people, the meaning is different
To those living in tin shacks, the meaning is different
What is freedom? And what is the meaning of freedom?

To the bosses and farmers, the meaning is different
To the rich and poor, the meaning is different
To the homeless, jobless, miners and workers, the meaning is different
What is freedom? And what is the meaning of freedom?

Is freedom a puzzle? Is freedom a quiz?
What is freedom? And what is the meaning of freedom?
To the SABC and M-Net, the meaning is different
To Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola, the meaning is different
To the Star and Sowetan newspapers, the meaning is different

Is freedom a puzzle? Is freedom a quiz?
What is freedom? And what is the meaning of freedom?

Perhaps freedom is like a jigsaw puzzle
Perhaps freedom is like a mirage
Perhaps freedom is wealth for the chosen few
Perhaps freedom is mixed Parliament and freedom of speech
Perhaps freedom is building bridges where there are no rivers
Perhaps freedom is the Truth Commission against the long arm of the law
Perhaps freedom is economic power and the continuation of toyi-toyi
Perhaps freedom is death of apartheid and the establishment of a new order

Is freedom a puzzle? Is freedom a quiz?
What is freedom, and what is the meaning of freedom?


*How to Watch a Tyrant Squirm*

orginal link from:
chris murray's tex files
venepoetics by, "también soy de otro rumbo" (Juan Sánchez Peláez)

Friday, November 28, 2003
How to Watch a Tyrant Squirm
1. From Friday, November 28 until Monday, December 1 watch reports on Univision and Telemundo to see the masses of Venezuelans voting against Chávez in the Reafirmazo. . . .

7. Think about this: The European and American intellectuals who support Chávez (c.f. Free Speech Radio's report on Venezuelan agrarian reform tonight) and his "noble revolution" would never consent to live under an egocentric tryant like Chávez in their own countries. But, since they don't have to live under his psychologically-deranged whims, they can continue to remain safe in their illusions of a "revolutionary" savior who will fix everything. . . .

please check out Lenny Strobe's (Friday, November 28)----musings on politics of appropriation-- @ kathang-pinay

*In one of my classes, we were discussing the issue of intersexuality. Many of the students were surprised to learn that there are more than two sexes: male, merms, herms, ferms, and female. Intersex people used to be called hermaphrodites.*

check out the new work by and on Nick Piombino's ::fait accompi::, including; *Antipathies*. also,@::fait accompi:: peoms by: Abraham Cowley, Juan Ramon Jimenez, Kenneth Koch, Lynne Dreyer... and others.. go today... go right now!!!

Fragments of the Future: The FTAA in Miami

"Running On Injuries - The tale of one protester struck by a rubber bullet"

Urgent Action and Article on Police Brutality in Miami



Thursday, November 27, 2003

threw in the manner mostly to retrieve

sure fear . . .
always . . .
without a doubt . . .
which one?
part being, part trapped?
which part?
you remember cold as hell?
scissors sounds everywhere................
later, large drops, deposit accounts. and monetary reserves.
a pin drops, a camels disappears
a real red nose if you know what I mean?
guns, dogs, god?
flowers, slaves, screaming and yelling all the time.
on and on about this and that?
mostly, blow me down.
enough to kill giant gnats?
maybe, but mostly loyalty certificates, and license beavers.
time shares?
a piece for a price.
it could have been paradise.
but it was mostly bored bombers of the bureaucracies . . .
with baby bombs, smart bombs, and big daddy stereo types
a stick and a rattle
guns, guts and god
rainbows, low income housing and heart shaped phraseology
never thaw, always preheat or microwave?
no, Im talking refrigerator and demeter...
leisure and a dull waxing finish....
hot crossbuns, bangers and blue ribbon
guns, guts and god

Emma Goldman

from: Anarchism and Other Essays (1910)

. . . its goal is the freest possible expression of all the latent powers of the individual. Osacr Wilde defines a perfect personality as "one who develops under perfect conditions, who is not wounded, maimed, or in danger." A perfect personality, then, is only possible in a state of society where man (sic) is free to choose the mode of work, the conditions of work, and the freedom of work.

I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective -- the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income. -- Martin Luther King Jr.

haPy turk e dy

I was going to go on about the correlation between certain words that seems to bring a bit of historical awareness such as ('Master' and 'slave') and the correlation between that and other (re)appropriated words used by subcultures that then get rereappropriated into the dominant culture without a mention. which seems easy since the subculture represents sexual minorities such as the TRUE HERMAPHRODITE or using the words like "ancient trannie." which a derivation of the word trans*exul not used until 1953 (the) Word "transsexualism" (coined about five years earlier) comes into general American usage as a result of wild journalistic frenzy over Christine Jorgensen.". and the correlation between "my inner trannie" and drag have little connection, unless you are an ftm going out to preform female.. or and mtf perfroming male being fem.. right?. but I know I do not need to go on about that, everyone is already sensitive to that that, right? there is no fetishing of these words tranny orHERMAPHRODITE. but I do not need to do that, its thanksgiving here in the states (not the rest of the world) be it seems like the rest of the world here right?.. and so we can go prepare our food and be thankful we are working to stop world hunger, right?

Wednesday, November 26, 2003


Tuesday, November 25, 2003

House Reading with Mary Burger and Magdalena Zurawski
Location: Stephanie's House
434 36th Street, Oakland, CA 
When:  Friday, December 12, 7:00pm

Another house reading brought to you by kari edwards, Taylor Brady and Stephanie Young. Potluck at 7:00 (bring something to eat or drink if you can) and readings at 8:00.

Some of Mary's recent work appears in VeRT issue 9
( Her books include The Boy Who Could Fly, Bleeding Optimist, Thin Straw That I Suck Life Through, and Nature's Maw Gives and Gives. Her work Sonny, a midwestern, is forthcoming from Leon Books. She edits Second Story Books, a series of short experimental narrative works, and Narrativity, an online forum for experimental narrative. She is undertaking a return to the world of the letterpress.

Magdalena Zurawski was born in 1972 in Newark NJ. She recently moved to San Francisco from Philadelphia (needed to give up brotherly love for sisterly affection). She is currently writing a novel called THE BRUISE which she hopes will make her a lesbian cult figure or something equally exciting that will allow her to quit waiting tables. There is a chapter of her novel up on the Narrativity website Issue Three.(

Mary and Maggie are rumored to tour the underground with a White Stripes cover band.


Go to the MacArthur station. Walk through the parking lot and out the back exit, taking a right onto Telegraph ave. At the light (MacArthur Ave.) cross the street. Keep walking up Telegraph towards downtown (meaning cross the street again). 36th Street is your second left. Walk up the street, my house is near the top, on your left. If you reach the park you’ve gone too far.

White with cream trim, driveway up the right hand side. Big butter colored truck in the back of the driveway, and behind that a shed with a blue puppet face. Walk up the driveway and knock on the door to your left. There are a few concrete steps and a metal square with a red piece of wood, which is how you’ll know you’re at the front door. Plus there will be signs!

a shrill presence dressed for winning

beyond a well-vermilion lurid ache of the human race; an ashtray in a swarm of deceit; continuously corrupted and disoriented . . . no, I take that back as a choicelessness nothing; it is my own lazy anguish on a incinerator shutter. you are and always have been my peep-hole of delight, object bumbling actuality, my sugar daddy and mommie dearest inferno on the horizon; clutching at a wobbling banister, flaying limbs, ideologically deceased, prophet babble, ear gutter causing. none can enter and none shall leave is your perfect state of rest; a condition out to lunch since the dark ages. so stop passing out provisions and hob-knobing meaning as you see fit. this zig-zag is at zero, a ragged habit lost in incest conclusions; an evolutionary spillway empty of its next. this is nothing more than visionary drunkenness prayed for by those with regressive rigamortis, dust-to-dust need for good apex in the cinema.

Dreger's analysis of the medical treatment of hermaphrodites is top notch. She shows that physicians invariably posited a couple of magnet rules: "one-body-one-sex" and heterosexuality. In the words of two French experts, "the possession of a [single] sex is a necessity of our social order…" (p. 30). Any ambiguity, to cite another, produces "grave social disorders" (p. 118), not least among them pederasty. While Dreger bases her discussion entirely on the medical literature, the social danger posed by hermaphrodites was a theme of broad cultural import. For example, in Henri d'Argis' Sodome, a novel published in 1888 with a laudatory preface by Paul Verlaine, the etiology of the hero's homosexuality is located in his youthful love for a painter, in appearance a woman, in reality a hermaphrodite. Such representations illustrate, perhaps even better than the medical discourse, Dreger's contention that "the hermaphrodite and the homosexual share a surprising amount of medical history" (p. 31).

There were, however, significant differences. Whereas the increasing medical attention paid to homosexuals enabled them, in some cases, to make claims for themselves as a group, hermaphrodites were, at best, able to profit from their plight as individuals only. In an interesting paradox, the virtual explosion of hermaphroditism led within decades to its "virtual extinction" (p. 153). The hermaphroditic body, which raised doubts "not just about the particular body in question, but about all bodies," (p. 6) needed to be disappeared.

Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex

Alice Domurat Dreger

Publisher: Harvard University Press
Date: 1998
Paperback ISBN: 0674001893

Monday, November 24, 2003

it's BAAAck!!

//////////-------------> watch for it on your screens.................!



made of lead, steel and moist aluminum

think there is evidence existence of wink thesis, double long heads and tall statures. neither of which have hearts where they should be, or proper knowledge of hollandaise sauce, at some establishments it tastes more like borax. a question mark rises in the rain, it reeks of human decay; asks about the reading list where meim kampf is representative of german literature, the diaries of christopher columbus, *the new land*, and myra breckenridge for all queens; its no wonder genocide is still such a popular stop. put up the shades and protect the meme. oh little car of my birthright, at 2% interest rate, lets pretend to be as happy as a mackerel, with aluminum icicles on our wing tips. say cheese please, feeling stuck, buy an adjective, use a crutch, walk an oscar wilde, take a ham to slaughter, double-cross a bass flute, surgically alter a rook with a digression on a dime. now, without going much further into household spells and heterosexual xerox machines lets make some death for the record, bloody sex vibraphone on a diode. did I mention toulouse lautrec? repeat after me; I will wear gold lame everyday to keep the the interior decorators away, as proper as a diary of small stops, and a preppy youth hair-trigger that everyone appreciates.

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
-Harvey Fierstein

two good dialouges on silence worth takeing the time to read...
one is at Awake at Dawn on Someone's Couch
the other is at Corpse Poetics
by the wonderful poet
and champion of human dignity Eileen Tabios

Sunday, November 23, 2003