Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Poem: negocios



                               March 4, 2016



She made freshred pinones for four visitors

stopped by two soldiers with guns

looking for Mapuchesburningdam

looking looking


somehow she knew

her daughters had ridden three hours

to shake down cones from oldold 

monkey puzzle pines

4 would come

20 kilos

araucaria

a kilo bubbling in the pot

somehow


coihui 


Maria’s father

Anhioline

had gone to Washington

testified with Ted Kennedy

against the two great dams on the Rio Biobio

spoken to the World Bank


25 years ago

deadears

dead


their name is Murriao

rebellious Black Horse

Murr


prayed on a volcanic rock a holy  

machipurri

mapu to the volcan

fierystallion

i a o

smoking

misty

to showerlava

burytheWashingtonWorldBankSocialistadam


some mapuche went from their land

to richer plots

paid by clawed hawkers

far from the Rio

BioBio

from ceremony

commonland

community

into harsh

winters

frozendream


a German and Chilean

knockknockknocked the door

sudden loud


theycame

German and Chilean

a Socialist tortured by Pinochet he said

from Deutschland

so many disappeared

to buy Maria’s land


for a song


small woman

flashing eyes

BIGMEN


a new dam

small they said

pequeno  

shake shakedown

pequin ito

the land



why do you come on Sunday,

Maria said, working the field with her daughter

your day of rest

tall green stalks

chesthigh

picking peas


what spirit possesses you

to seek the land this day?


“here’s an offer

they said


Maria had long

fought the damming

of the RioBiobio

once

clear  to  the  bottom

dam up a reservoir

waters silted

cloudy

arrested tortured


for electricity

homes flooded over

wires crackling

cimentareo threatened

are our ancestors

pellets along her right leg

they did not know


come fresh from Germany

nothing?


Maria had thrown a chair

at El Gobernador

againsthedamn

thought they could buy


the mapu for a song

small woman

twobigmen

dividing Mapuche

womanwaters


over graves


they did not know community

or the canopy of the rain forest

2000 years old

the arellano red and thick

white mushrooms

monkeypuzzle pines

araucaria

puzzling

2000 years

hunched atop volcanos


community  in  wetness


now despoiled for rapidgrowingforeign pines

and eucalyptus

sucking  water


dead rain forest

vanished   blue 


people need water tanks

in the deadwet

cannot get


the German and the man who had been tortured

knew none of this

water

sought to buy the land


woman

waters

shake down the Mapu

for a song


“the waters in the mountains are polluted”

they said


you are the pollution  Maria said


“we will install a wi-fi tower

for the resettled village

buy an ambulance for a hospital

they said


You will take our land and water

and be gone

in a day

fasterthan

flash fire  fly

gone dead

she said


half and half Maria said

-       -  my land and water
 your money for the community  

of the revenue we make forever


“oh no ohno  oh   nonono

they said

we have to pay

impuestos

muchos 


we  take the  land

for your benefit they said

smoother than greenserpent

drying the soil

eucalypticforeignpine


No    she     said


Saturday, March 26, 2016

In 2013, Hilary Putnam sent me and others this prescient note: From Bernie Sanders Bless him

  
      Apparently, the little bird in Portland at the rally of 11,000 yesterday afternoon agrees.  See the charming film, here.

 It is a lovely sign Rachel Maddow said last of Portlandia, breaking the silence of the commercial media, including her own, as Bernie is poised to do very well today.  The Chris Hayes show (got a new reporter to cover it) actually ran Bernie’s speech at the Safeco field (15,000) yesterday evening in Seattle.  As Joan Walsh, a commentator, amazingly said substantively (this may be outlawed in the bizarre horse-race reporting which has, nonetheless, not included the miracle of Bernie coming from 3% into the lead in national polls), Sanders spoke even more strikingly here of the sweep of history in the union movement, the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the Seattle City Council passing a $15 minimum wage, and gay marriage, of the political revolution that needs to come...

        Clinton has dirty tricks and the New York Times, so corrupt that people like me are throwing away their subscriptions…As Steve Wagner wrote to me about Wallace Stevens’ The Palm Tree  at the End of the Universe” see here  – about a further coincidence, as Hilary said in 2013, Bernie stands with his whole heart for ordinary people, for lifting everyone up, for peace not regime change and brutalization of little countries like Chile or Honduras or Libya or Syria (note Barack’s sad role on the last three, saved from the worst only by protest from below and the intervention of Putin…).  

        Hilary Putnam, a very generous spirit, is no longer here to see this (and deeply spiritual, did not believe in life after death).  But there is some odd, beautiful, non-rational conjunction/blessing of a bird and Bernie here too.  May every person flood the caucuses today and – against the corruption of the Comproate/Democratic establishment and dirty tricks – see Seth Abrams, "A Dozen Reasons why Bernie Sanders Supporters are Justifiably Angry at the Media Right Now" here -  let’s make America people-friendly, not in thrall to the billionaires (rich, fine; taking everything, no…).

***

The American People Have Spoken: No More War Abroad, More Jobs at Home

By Senator Bernie Sanders
September 12, 2013

At a time of great political division in our country President Obama has found a remarkable way to unite Americans of all political persuasions -- conservatives, progressives and moderates. With a loud and clear voice, the overwhelming majority of the American people, across the political spectrum, are saying NO to another war in the Middle East -- Syria’s bloody and complicated civil war.

There are two major reasons why the people in this country are adamantly opposed to the U.S.’s military intervention in Syria.

First, of course, is the much discussed “war weariness.” The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for 12 years, and the war in Iraq dragged on for nearly nine years. The cost of these wars has been horrendous: more than 6,700 American deaths; hundreds of thousands suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder; and a financial cost of between $4 trillion to $6 trillion by the time the last war veteran receives needed care. Further, as a result of the ineptitude and dishonesty of foreign policy decisions made in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, the American people worry deeply about the unintended consequences of another military venture.

But there’s another reason why Americans are reluctant to get involved in a third Middle East war in 12 years. And that relates to the fact that Congress today has a 14 percent favorability rating and millions of Americans have absolutely no confidence that the U.S. House or Senate is even remotely concerned about their needs or views.

Here’s the truth. The middle class in this country is collapsing. The number of Americans living in poverty is nearly the highest on record and the gap between the very rich and everyone else is growing wider and wider. And very few people in Washington give a damn.

Year after year the American people have begged the Congress and the president to move aggressively to protect the middle class from total collapse. And, so far, their leaders have failed to act. Today, the American people are demanding action to create jobs for their kids and retirement security for their parents.

They are deeply worried about the state of the economy, and they have every reason to worry. Here’s what’s going on:

   Real unemployment: Counting those who have given up looking for work and those who are working part-time when they need a full time job, the real unemployment rate is 13.7 percent, not 7.3 percent.
   Average wages: Non-supervisory workers have seen their wages go down by eight cents an hour since the beginning of the so-called recovery and are now a paltry $8.77 an hour.
   Income and wealth inequality: From 2009-2012, the richest 1 percent of Americans captured 95 percent of all new income, while the typical middle class family has seen their income go down by more than2,100. The Walton family, the owners of Wal-Mart, are worth more than $100 billion and own more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans.
   College unaffordability: Over the past 30 years, the cost of a college education has gone up by more than 250 percent. The average American graduating from college this year is drowning in debt of more than35,000. Even worse, hundreds of thousands of high school graduates are unable to go to college each and every year not because they are unqualified, but because they can’t afford it.
   Childhood poverty: We live in the richest country in the world, yet one out of five children in the U.S. is stuck in poverty. And the reality is that children living in poverty in America today are more likely to stay in poverty when they grow up than in any other advanced country on earth.

The lesson to be learned from the widespread opposition to the war is that the American people standing together can make a difference. Building on that momentum, now is the time to demand that Congress create millions of decent-paying jobs repairing our crumbling roads, bridges, dams, culverts, schools and housing.

We need to end our dependence on dirty fossil fuels that are threatening the planet and move toward energy efficiency and renewable energy. We must increase the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour and lift millions of Americans out of poverty. We must fundamentally rewrite our trade policy so that American products, not American jobs, are our No. 1 export. We must stand up to the greed on Wall Street by breaking up too-big-to-fail banks that have done so much damage to the economy. And, we must make college affordable so that every qualified American can get the education they need to reclaim the American dream.


None of this will be easy. But the American people have proven that if they speak out, if they flood Capitol Hill with phone calls and emails, they can stop a war. Now is the time to use that same energy and passion to save the middle class.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Poem: fotos



                                     for Claudio and Jeanne

1.   Universidad de Concepcion

                              Febrero, 2016


On the bus to Tome

we pass the highcolumned

armyheadquarters 

estudiante por seis anos

set on a hill

where you ha sido arrestado


every day but one


by the green sea

Professor de treinta anos


torturado

in 1973

the golpe of 9/11

launched by the USA

bus churning


you roll up your sleeve

sea rising


show me a slight mark

most days

blue

falling



of a cigaretteburn


2.  1973-1990


Second on the list

of sixteen students

Anna Luisa

green by the walkway

40,000

the Army came over a hill

walk by

muertos

de departmeiento de sociologia

down

walk by



a classmate en la escuela


through the green trees

leafy

with guns


de Mapuches en Alto Biobio


purple flowers

una amiga politica tambien aqui

on high branches

amiga


spill down

second listed on the plaque


under a curving statue

of sixteen

of three wobbly

mourning

murdered


in the Sociology Department

among 60

near  a plaque

quiet


to a fiery speaker

muertos

communista

30 years old



you point to the little black window

by the Army

third from the left

you can see it from here



of your dorm



3.  Sindicatos


Communista

in the mines

who taught

unionistas

y mapuches

how to read


workers the most literate


engaged by politics

and hope

higher than


miners

often injured

down in the mine

and their children



how to read


snowsmokingAndes

mist and fire

2000 year old

monkeypuzzle pines

araucarias

crouched on a high ridge

near the volcan


among the high Chileans


long ago



4. Missing


Donde esta

in jeans

dark

talking with custodians


cheerful young woman


Donde esta?

dressed in a white smock

for sweeping


Los Professores to decide tenure


vigorous

chats happily


custodian

Donde esta


Distinguished

piel

happily

una professora joven

points

to the back of the room


piel

Los Professores

esta con los obreros



Donde

Donde esta  EL Professor

Distinguido


Alla  alla, she said


Donde     Donde


peering

peering



5.  Piel


a woman bundled in the cold

hood with a red lining

wrinkled face

seated


older than she seems

back against the esquina


beaten

down from the police station

happy

warmed

at the professor’s smile

from the apartments

who every day

talks with her


gives her coins


6.  Comida


You showed me the restaurant

good cazuela

near the fabric mill

diez mil obreros  

your fathermotheraunt

mapuches

mom curly haired

beautiful   single

father lived nearby

showed you chess

many brothers sisters


each afternoon

you went to buy food

bring it to the mill

carne  sopa

fruit soda

(for you)


now empty

windows busted out

no jobs


for your dad

10,000


met your mom

atop a nearby hill

each morning

beat everyone

at chess


a father’s rough bequest

check

rough touch



the wind blows


through



8.  Once in a century


Earthquake bustsUP

ANDDOWN

the sidewalks

trip you as you

Tome to Concepcion

your Uncle

walk

Army Officer

said



the fishermen knew the sea

wasn’t right

Pacificchurning

sucked back

a longlong sheet

graygrainysand


and a great wave

75 feet high

tookout everyone by the sea

houses structures


we stare at a sliver of chimney  a base

two stones


today calmblue


along the sucked up waterfront

Madame President

Michelle Bachelet


all new

unimaginableblue


cheap houses

announced there was no danger

no 75 foot wave would come

towering

Tsu

sweep everything away


King Canute

the Socialist


nami

told the sea to stop

Imperious

right at her

no towering 75 foot

crooked

told the earth

not to jumble up the walks

finger

stones cracking above

below the foot



and those who did not know


stumble

did not

the sea

stay in the hills


came down

came

not with the fishermen


to see

could not

the sea



listen

75 foot

against the President 


overtowered

swept away



10.  May Day 1978


On a 24 hour bus

Delano

Epifanio Camacho

first unionist

from Mexico

in the United

shut down his field

Farmworkers

for aspirinas


Mapuche

mi estudiante


of international politics

of solidaridad de los pueblos

y los obreros

y las indigenas

contra los ricos


studying  international

y su gobiernos


Mapuche

reported to our meetings

of the secret Denver Research Institute

hushushhushcounterinsurgency
contractin
  
Thailand

Inspectors do not see dark

obreros

a biggerfaster
tank

DenverWarInstitute

to pay the Chancellor’s


Chileno

new gun

unseen

we laughed



got fancy food

and laughed


after the Board

(Allende muerto

martyr


of Trustees


at CIA hands


and laughed


cleaning up

los pobresestudiantes

tienen buen comida


cleaning



11.  Museo de la Memoria

                                       Santiago


In 2010

Los Presidentes

Lagos Bachelet Frei    

an exhibition

carved stone statues

green

to the disappeared


The Army took photos

from every village


in Chile

of Air Force traitors

sent by Kissinger/Nixon

bombing the Moneda
personal murderers

The Presidential Palace


martyring Salvador


The tape plays over and over

his last courageous speech

hunched to avoid shells


smoke rising up

a willing sacrifice


still bullet holes

the words of the tortured

in the Moneda

memorias

a thousand blinking

detention centers


Mapuches near Quilaco

palace in ruins

(your mom was ChristianDemocratic

mayor)

instruments

thrown


are these     soldiers?

in the river


where have they bombed

blind men with guns


the voice

the palace


of Victor

to murder


and instruments


the workers’

American planes

Presidente Allende


I look into mourning faces

right here

of    young

awed visitors


and 60,000 more


12.  Communidad


South of the riobiobio

mapu

lakes

400 volcans

highsteamingsnow

bubbling

forests

gray pocked

mapu

lava rocks

how slow

lava


you can stand on


it comes

machipurri

pehuenche

all those photos

down

you took one


eyes

are no betrayal


you can feel  city boy

under the canopy

of the high trees

2000 years

arrellanos

araucarias

walking through the wet

foot to the ground

connection even in factory Tome


lush

umbrellaleaves

nalcos


name a thousand birds

robinbrownbreast

noisyslight chucals


soaring teucas


hunting  growing

lushpeaches

fresh

fighting

Incas

Peru 

Spain

Chile 

the dams

making the bluewater

mapu


juicycountry of

thick

timber companies

pajaros

Army with big guns

cut 2000 year old


coihuis


as Marx saw the mir

the Iroquois

pajaros

brightvision


no dead lumber

no plantingswiftgrowing
watersucking pines

fool Socialistas

on the take

watersucking


you are one foot on the land

under the canopy

Mapu

one foot in the city



studying

cleaning

teaching

Mapudungen

Chilean

English


in community



13.     MIR


A thinner self

in the photo

just behind los lideres


spoke of uniting

campesinos y Mapuches


 Cubanos

provided no guns

without Allende’s word

which never came

algunas peasants

con pistoles


“No hay golpe

in Chile

oldest  democracy

No

Hay

in the long South

stretchingAntarctica

MonroeKissinger


GOLPE

bloody


so many dead


and tortured

  

14.  No


You don’t drink

your brothers in the factory

vino

went down


or some German settlers

drinking

growingvineyards

tourist


aristocratas

Palacios

of THE CHILEAN RACE

no dark-skinned


blond


bottling

eugenicas

poinsonmapu

fatstumblingdrunkennarcissi 

 estupi d as


genocide


15.  First


mapuche

ever

University of Concepcion

tu mama

said

go and change

first

the world


now sociologist

to whom the campesinos,

obreros

mapuches

who do not seek

dinero


come

welcomed

constellation


to

write


16.   Red


You stood near Fidel

at the long speech to the great rally on the steps

bodyguard

milesmiles estudiantes

Andes behind


talked with him after

in your apartment

how was he, I said

fiery, you said,


the students roar


fiery