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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.

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From What is the true face of America now?, From Images
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Rise of Our Dumbocracy (A Review of Paul Craig Roberts' "How America Was Lost") 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!
WATCH LIVE: Nigeria kidnapped girls 'shown' in new Boko Haram video A new video released by Islamist militants Boko Haram claims to show around 130 girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria last month. The group's leader, Abub ..., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 20, 2014
"Bring Back Our Girls!" 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.
(25 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 22, 2014
Mourning John F. Kennedy and a Half-Century of Degraded Arts and Culture Kennedy looked beyond the "dust of centuries" to ponder America's "contribution to the human spirit." What other American president or elected (sanctioned!) political leader has conjoined the past titans of public life... with those who strode beside them to sculpt, paint and script the Age? More than our "Commander-in Chief," he ascribed to himself the greater role of Teacher-in-Chief.
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 31, 2013
"17 Camels: Can a Sufi Tale Heal Our Broken World?" 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!
Paul Craig Roberts, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 1, 2014
Safe Passage..., with a Big IF: A Review of Paul Craig Roberts' THE FAILURE OF LAISSEZ FAIRE CAPITALISM 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.
Planetary Consciousness--Not for Sissies!, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Planetary Consciousness and the Tears of the World: A Review of Carolyn Baker's "Collapsing Consciously" This is a book about becoming whole again; reaching deep within, not to overcome the Shadow, but to integrate and join forces with it. It's a book about developing a planetary consciousness to confront the global muck we've created. It's a book about making connections--within ourselves, and with others
GOP Takes Hostages for Christmas, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 4, 2013
10 Good Things About the US Government Shutdown This says it all!
Thomas Jefferson Portrait, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 2, 2013
"The Pursuit of Happiness (?): Jefferson, Chief Seattle, Helen Keller" 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."
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts-U.S. Gold Gone Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, the Father of Reaganomics, predicts, .I think, this yea..., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 14, 2013
Occupy the Media! De-mythologizing History! Why We'll Boycott Spielberg's 'Lincoln'" This article builds on the theme of "occupying the media" which author Gary Corseri has explored in previous works. Also, builds technically on a new way for authors and artists to collaborate in the Age of the Internet.
Creative Quotations from Diane Wakoski for Aug 3 A thought provoking collection of Creative Quotations from Diane Wakoski (1937-____); born on Aug 3. US poet; She is one of America's most prolific poets, ha..., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 10, 2013
"Prologue: A Conversation with Diane Wakoski About 'Bay of Angels' and Crashing Through Mirrors" --with Gary Corseri Over the past year or so, I've posted a series of "prologues" (so called because one builds on, leads to another). These conversations are a way to present the Arts, make the Arts relevant, and invite the reader to participate. It's not a prof pontificating on meter, similes and metaphors; but, 2 adults talking about what's going on in the world and what they care about!
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 24, 2014
Rats (a poem) Is human nature degenerating? Have we always been this bad--so mendacious, so violent? Who are we, and what are we becoming?
Walt Whitman - por Mathew Brady (algo entre 1855 e 1865), From ImagesAttr
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 5, 2014
Whitman Recidivist 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?
Rachel Corrie - Interview Footage from Rachel's interview conducted by Middle East Broadcasting Company on March 14th, 2003, two days before she was murdered by the Israeli ..., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 16, 2014
"Never Forget": for Rachel Corrie 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.
10 Things You Should Know About Joseph Stalin You would think someone with the nickname Uncle Joe would be all cuddly. Think again with 10 things you should know about Joseph Stalin. Music = Military ..., From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 8, 2014
Our Decadent Mainstream Media Proves Stalin Was Right! It has been about 40 years since I found Joan Rivers somewhat amusing. How in hell does the news of her passing take priority over the lives and concerns of millions of working Americans? Didn't there used to be a separation between "real" news and sports and entertainment? And, if they had to share a format at all, wasn't the trivia shuffled to the bottom, put on the back burner, until serious people could prioritize?
How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 29, 2014
They Tell Me Not To Spell Out "Sh*t"! "Once, scholars quibbled over pins: / How many angels rubbed their shins/ Together on a pointy head?" In militarized America, we are happy to talk about "war" and blood and gore, but find street talk about human functions a mite offensive. We proclaim our ugliness to the world thru our language and imagery, but get hoity-toity over certain proscribed words. Bob Dylan wrote: "The hour is late. Let's speak plainly now."
Planetary Consciousness--Not for Sissies!, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 27, 2013
"When Lady Liberty Wept" 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.
Henry David Thoreau, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 23, 2014
A Conversation with Henry David Thoreau 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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 12, 2014
Obama Explains Why We Need More War This poem gives a better explanation than the one Obama spewed forth in his address to the nation on 9/10/14!
blame the victim, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 11, 2014
"USreal: the Democracidal Minotaur in the Cesspool of Imagination" "War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength," Orwell told us in "1984." All oxymoronically true and sad in our twisted world today. But, perhaps the greatest truth that prophet propounded was this: Whoever controls the information controls the imagination.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 22, 2013
"Prologues: Conversations on the Arts, Politics, and Science Between a Russian and an American" 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? -GC
A church in Kiev, From ImagesAttr
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 10, 2014
"Disentangling Ukraine from Our 'Narrative Lines': a Zen Moment for Our Droned Psyches!" "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!
Il Potere del Genio - Picasso Documentario Storico sull'arte e la vita di Pablo Picasso., From ImagesAttr
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 6, 2014
Beginning With A Line From Neruda "Why bring us into this pinwheel of sorrows?/ Wasn't it better not to be born?" I cannot answer these questions here--questions, I suppose, not uncommon for too many in our frenetic and hyper-troubled world. I can, perhaps, delineate some factors that prompt such questions--hoping thereby to enhance a sense of kindredship, unity and empathy in the human family.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 22, 2013
50 Years After MLK's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," What Can We Learn? Taking note of an important anniversary, lost in the hubbub of the daily news.
Image from page 111 of .Our day in the light of prophecy and providence. (1921), From ImagesAttr
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 21, 2014
Crossing Swords in Ferguson, Gaza, Egypt..., and the Unifying Principle of Respect Dear Mother Earth, I am writing you directly because I believe only the Great Soul of our Home can understand where we are now--lost among the stars.
Emily Dickinson: .Tell all the Truth/But tell it slant.., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 16, 2013
Prologue 3: Conversations on the Arts, Politics and History Between a Russian and an American 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.
And, furthermore--, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 26, 2014
Ten Reasons Why I Refuse To Be Poet Laureate of The United States The title pretty much sums it up. Further, What makes a poem a poem? What is the role of the Artist, the Arts, in a world as violent, mad, fraudulent and topsy-turvy as ours today?
From Is this what we mean by .freedom.?, From Images
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 24, 2014
Hypocritical, Decadent US Preaches "Freedom" to Our Dying World 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.
arrest, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Code Pink, Leftist Blues, Political Theater, 'Annoying' Cops, Cyber Wars: 'Relevance' in our Fracked-up World We define ourselves by our actions. Not by "hoping" for change, but by being the agents of change. As Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world."
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 9, 2013
William Blum's Cri de Couer A review of William Blum's "America's Deadliest Export: Democracy."
The Avenger!, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 4, 2013
10 Reasons Why the US Needs an Intervention... in the US! 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!
Harvest Time, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 22, 2014
We Are The Palestinians 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.
Lidice Memorial - Memorial to Child Victims of War - By Marie Uchytilová - Near Prague, Czech Republic - 03, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 14, 2014
The "Peace Process" Dies Again There is no "peace process."/ There is peace and the absence of peace--/ The gnawing hunger for it,/ The desperation of the vanquished.
Lynne Stewart, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 20, 2013
Lynne Stewart, Our Lady Mandela, in the Season of Giving 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.
Execution, après Goya - Yan Pei-Ming - Exposition Les desastres de la guerre 1800-2014 - Musee Louvre-Lens, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Slaughter (a poem) "When will they ever learn?" Pete Seeger sang. One of the great problems with learning anything nowadays is who is doing the teaching! Media squawks at us constantly. If we can't cut the strings... we are doomed.
Ky hollenbeck american flag, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 10, 2013
"American Acrostic, 2013" Read it vertically or horizontally--the picture is clear!
True Resistance, Kathy Kelly 60 years old with 60 Arrests., From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 1, 2014
Kathy Kelly's Challenge: Witness, Courage, Compassion, Becoming 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.
Bob Dylan Barcelona, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 16, 2013
Prologues: Conversations on Politics and the Arts Between a Russian and an American 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
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 29, 2013
Quotes from the Book of Memes 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.)
.Know thyself!., From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 7, 2014
Socrates Rebukes the NSA 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?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 13, 2013
Robinson Jeffers: America's Neglected-At-Our-Peril Poet-Prophet "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."
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 29, 2012
The Quest for Truth and Peace: A Conversation with Gareth Porter My objective here was to give noted journalist and social historian, Gareth Porter, ample scope to "think aloud"--to formulate his ideas for the concerned lay-person: to stimulate, challenge, provoke and encourage.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 24, 2013
Quis Custodiet? "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!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 19, 2013
Mainstream Media Acrostic It's pretty clear-cut, so long as one knows what an acrostic is!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 14, 2012
Contemporary Art and Politics: Poets Talk 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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 13, 2013
6 Ways Our Supreme Court Has Defiled Our Constitution 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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 9, 2013
Mandela 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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 6, 2013
Poets Talk 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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 5, 2012
I Voted It's a poem! Let it speak for itself!

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