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Gary Corseri has published & posted his work at hundreds of venues worldwide, including Op Ed News, The New York Times, CounterPunch, CommonDreams, DissidentVoice, L.A. (and Hollywood--) Progressive. He has been a professor in the US & Japan, has published 2 collections of poetry, 2 novels, and edited a literary anthology. He has performed his work at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and his dramas have been produced on Atlanta-PBS and elsewhere.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 We Are The Palestinians (3 comments)
No man is an island, John Donne wrote 4 centuries ago. Every man's death diminishes me, he wrote. And we add now--every woman's death, every child's. We are all connected--more so now in our Internet Age than ever. Those people with ancient roots in their land must be cherished. No people have a "God-given" or self-proclaimed right to abuse others. Learn from the past, learn from others to move to a higher consciousness.
Monday, July 14, 2014 The "Peace Process" Dies Again (4 comments)
There is no "peace process."/ There is peace and the absence of peace--/ The gnawing hunger for it,/ The desperation of the vanquished.
Saturday, July 5, 2014 Whitman Recidivist (28 comments)
Another 4th of July! But what exactly are we celebrating? All this Bernaysian chanting in the herd: "USA! USA! USA!" How would a true revolutionary like a Whitman perceive our pathetic yawp?
Monday, June 23, 2014 A Conversation with Henry David Thoreau (3 comments)
I knew who he was, though the garments were the homespun style of 150 years ago. The voice was calm and reassuring--emitted from a sparsely whisker-fringed face, crowned with somewhat unruly hair. A long, thin nose, like the prow (not the rudder) of a boat parted expressive eyes--the left slightly larger, looking straight at one (or upon whatever it focused) while the right looked slightly right and downward and within.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 "A Conversation with Paul Craig Roberts: Transitions; Morals; Alliances and Dissolutions
This article will provoke some, annoy others. But, it will make people think. Agree or disagree with him, Paul Craig Roberts has a powerful mind... and it's important that all of us who seek positive change in this world understand where a man like Roberts construes the world, what he has learned from his experiences at and near the pinnacles of power. He's also an informed, scintillating, no-BS conversationalist.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 "Bring Back Our Girls!" (2 comments)
Can we get beyond the headlines, beyond our culture of distractions? All over our world today, children are abducted, sold into virtual and real slavery, their labor exploited. They are sexploited by pimps in the poor world and the rich world. We focus attention on a single incident--a missing airliner, a capsized ferry, 200 Nigerian children kidnapped. And then we move on to the next event. We need greater perspective.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 "Disentangling Ukraine from Our 'Narrative Lines': a Zen Moment for Our Droned Psyches!" (15 comments)
"Zen demands intelligence and will-power," Carl Jung wrote, "as do all the greater things which desire to become real." In America today, we seem to have lost that vital connection--the symbiosis of "intelligence and will-power." There are intelligent people who lack the "will power" to assert themselves, to assert truth as they understand it; and there are many fools with all too much "will-power" to assert their folly!
Thursday, May 1, 2014 Kathy Kelly's Challenge: Witness, Courage, Compassion, Becoming (3 comments)
There is much that we can't forget in this book; a book about all of us. Kathy Kelly makes us think, makes us confront ourselves. Can we become better than we are? What have we done to create such a dispiriting world? What have we done to relieve suffering, "to act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God"? Kelly is probing basic questions about the meaning of life. This is our mirror now.
Saturday, April 19, 2014 The Rise of Our Dumbocracy (A Review of Paul Craig Roberts' "How America Was Lost") (9 comments)
Roberts' newest book (463 pages, from Clarity Press, 2014) is a compendium of 135 columns... written between August, 2008 and December 31, 2013.... PCR is simply one of America's best chroniclers of this sad, brutal era of imperial overreach and moral decline. Anyone who wants to understand where we've been... where we are... and where we're heading, had better read this book pronto!
Monday, April 7, 2014 Socrates Rebukes the NSA (1 comments)
We live in a Surveillance State--the most intense, the most far-reaching and pervasive in the history of the world. George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Hitler, Stalin--none of them could have imagined a state as technologically advanced as ours--nor one as hideously distorted. How have "leaders" throughout time cultivated fear of others--xenophobia, etc.--to control their subjects even so they act against their own best interests?
Sunday, March 16, 2014 "Never Forget": for Rachel Corrie (3 comments)
Source, Wikipedia: Less than two months after her arrival in Palestine, on March 16, 2003, Rache Corrie was killed after a three-hour confrontation between two IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) bulldozers and eight peace activists. Wearing a bright orange fluorescent jacket... she was killed while standing in the path of a bulldozer that she believed was about to demolish the house of Palestinian friends.
Monday, February 24, 2014 Hypocritical, Decadent US Preaches "Freedom" to Our Dying World (8 comments)
Freedom without wisdom is a tree without roots. Total freedom is anarchy (a condition Yeats long ago lamented when he wrote: "Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.") Living in "the land of the free" is a meme we teach our children in grade school--but how to think clearly about the meaning of that and their consequent responsibilities--the moral responsibilities of freedom--these are lessons we have neglected at our peril.
Saturday, February 1, 2014 Safe Passage..., with a Big IF: A Review of Paul Craig Roberts' THE FAILURE OF LAISSEZ FAIRE CAPITALISM (4 comments)
Economics may be the "gloomy science" for most of its glum practitioners, but in Roberts' humanist hands, it's a scalpel to carve order from disorder--to framework the challenges of our precarious, modern, globalized world; to alert us to the dangers we face now, and the even graver threats ahead if we cannot restore real democracy, moral sensibility, and rational balance.
Friday, December 20, 2013 Lynne Stewart, Our Lady Mandela, in the Season of Giving (3 comments)
World "leaders" honored Mandela when he died. Unfortunately, other brave and wise men and women, who sacrifice their comfort, their health and welfare in the struggles for equality and dignity--languish in prisons in the so-called "advanced" countries, their stories ignored, their deeds mis-represented. If we are to advance as a people--as a species!--we must tell their stories.
Monday, December 9, 2013 Mandela (3 comments)
Let us justly honor Mandela's fortitude, integrity and courage... but let us not for a moment lose sight of the fact that much remains to be done. While we can celebrate this man's personal triumph, let us also remember all those who have struggled in vain, and continue to struggle everywhere, for a humanity that is not just human but is humane.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 "The Pursuit of Happiness (?): Jefferson, Chief Seattle, Helen Keller" (8 comments)
Hasn't this "pursuit of happiness" been our undoing? Whose happiness? How to attain it? The slave-holder's happiness, but not the tenant farmer's (let alone the slave's)? The settler's happiness, but not the Tribal People's? The billionaire's happiness or the minimum wage-earner's?
We define happiness in very personal terms, and there's never an end to it--not enough material goods, nor attractive mates, nor "life."
Monday, September 16, 2013 Prologue 3: Conversations on the Arts, Politics and History Between a Russian and an American (1 comments)
These pieces are like fugues: themes develop in the give and take between two artists, making the best use of the Internet, communicating across continents, trans-culturally. The focus is on politics and the arts--integrating these vital aspects of human life--as they were in the 60s and 70s, but are rarely seen as informing one another now! It's a new kind of "literary criticism"--not one person pontificating, but dialogue.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10 Reasons Why the US Needs an Intervention... in the US! (1 comments)
To justify a very immoral--probably imminent--act of ours--the bombing of innocent civilians with our terrorist cruise-missile bombs, we trot our our very compromised, half billionaire Secretary of State to declare "moral obscenity" when others do what we have done so often! Have we really gone thru Alice's Looking Glass, where up is down, wrong is right? Using our kind of "logic," the US should have an intervention here!
Friday, August 16, 2013 Prologues: Conversations on Politics and the Arts Between a Russian and an American (3 comments)
Sample Quotes: "Artists must be the antidote to all the insanity in this world! I want poetry to be dangerous!"--Gary Corseri
"We have obligations towards the great poets to continue their work. I have always felt this and this. ... We have a duty to our great precusors, a duty to posterity. ... I think that... culture... is in decline. I think it has a lot to do with the environmental destruction."--Victor Postnikov
Saturday, July 27, 2013 "When Lady Liberty Wept" (3 comments)
The noble words of Emma Lazarus, inscribed on a plaque in the pedestal of our iconic Statue of Liberty, have been turned inside out and made a mockery by the Empire that has replaced the hoped-for Republic and Democracy.
Monday, July 22, 2013 "Prologues: Conversations on the Arts, Politics, and Science Between a Russian and an American" (2 comments)
I have had trouble for several decades accepting the idea that politics and the Arts are separable! Why shouldn't the Arts be informed by interesting, provocative thought in the sciences, technologies, religion, spirituality, etc? Is this not a hodge-podge universe with all kinds of interwoven themes that artists--and other thinkers--are trying to interpret to bring the Whole--at least our little part of it--together?
Monday, June 24, 2013 Quis Custodiet? (1 comments)
"Who will watch the watchers?," the poet-satirist Juvenal wondered. "Who will guard the guards?"
The Roman Empire was disintegrating. The greatest power the Western world had ever known was under assault--from within and without. Who could be trusted? There were daggers in men's eyes. Trust authority? There were spies everywhere. Betrayals everywhere. Cruelty and barbarism. A time like ours now!
Monday, May 13, 2013 Robinson Jeffers: America's Neglected-At-Our-Peril Poet-Prophet (3 comments)
"If we are ever to grasp our fleeting Zeitgeist, we need the whole round picture--politics, the Arts, slang, sexuality, food--the whole cascading shebang! The American poet who best provides that, for his time and ours, is Robinson Jeffers, who died one year before JFK was killed, but at 75, had lived to see terrible presentiments."
Monday, April 29, 2013 Quotes from the Book of Memes (3 comments)
We live by memes. We die by memes. We kill and maim by memes.
This is an attempt to show how absurd life can be when we simply accept/inherit/assume some slogan or concept we haven't thought through, felt through, for ourselves. I take a well-known quotation and turn it around simply by substituting the word "meme" for a word in the original. I hope it lights up some minds.
(Linh Dinh's was perfect as is.)
Saturday, April 6, 2013 Poets Talk (1 comments)
A continuation of a dialogue begun last December. The premise is simple: Politics, economics, social concerns, religion, spirituality and morality--all are embraced by our cultural perspectives. The authors offer a revivified neo-Socratic dialogue, for the age of the Internet, to prune and hone thoughts, while reaching for a greater understanding.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6 Ways Our Supreme Court Has Defiled Our Constitution (3 comments)
Supreme Court decisions, judgments, reviews, interpretations from 1819 to 2012 that have seriously undermined our Freedom of Speech and other aspects of the US Constitution.
Saturday, February 9, 2013 William Blum's Cri de Couer (4 comments)
A review of William Blum's "America's Deadliest Export: Democracy."
Thursday, January 31, 2013 "17 Camels: Can a Sufi Tale Heal Our Broken World?" (8 comments)
This is serious, ironic, capricious and penetrating! A quick study in deduction, induction... and seduction! A wild ride on a camel's back that makes us think... and yearn for a better world circumscribed only by the power of Imagination!
Friday, December 14, 2012 Contemporary Art and Politics: Poets Talk (2 comments)
A candid, pointed conversation between poets Gary Corseri and Charles Orloski on contemporary culture and politics, how we can learn from the past, and aspire to greater things now and in the future.
Monday, November 5, 2012 I Voted (2 comments)
It's a poem! Let it speak for itself!