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Preservation of thoughts and feelings is hard
Keeping the tradition while
Keeping up with the Jones’
Maintain faith in the history of life
When life’s are ending, memories forgotten
Does pain endure?
How about joy?
How does one package the sounds of three thousand people trying to sleep
People falling in love
People enduring
quote normal life unquote
Instead we keep copies of script
Pictures of people in places that are meant to invoke feelings of sameness or difference
But always missing the real point of feeling
what it felt like

By Brian Feist

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July 17, 2010 at 11:02 am

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Pomo News, The ‘voice’ of Iran speaks through poetry

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Neda Agha-Soltan photo credit: iranian.com

Neda Agha-Soltan‘s legacy (whose name in Persian means, ‘voice’), is honored by Persian poets, Sholeh Wolpé and Simin Behbahani, Iran’s National poet.  Ms. Behbahani’s travel was blocked last March when she tried to leave Iran.  Listen to an  interview with the ‘Lioness of Iran’ on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

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July 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm

This Rock

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Steve Pendleton is Makah and a life-long resident of the small Indian village of Neah Bay which is perched at the very tip of the continental Northwest coast of the United States. He gains his inspiration from the natural beauty that is this place where he lives, the joy of life lived and love lost and the challenges of every day life.

By Steve Pendleton

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May 26, 2010 at 7:41 pm

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PoMo News, Read All About It

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Posted by Sue Zalokar

On June 8th, Sugar Hill Records will release a  musical tribute to poet, storyteller,  song writer, cartoonist and musician Shel Silverstein.   The poet, who died in 1999, will be memorialized in the album,  Twistable, Turnable Man:  A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein.  You can preview the album here, on the Sugar Hill Records site.

Kris Kristofferson, Nanci Griffith, Todd Snider, and John Prine are some of the musicians who have come together to honor Silverstein’s work on this project.

Silverstein wrote many songs as well, including the entire second album from Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, “Sloppy Seconds.”   The single, “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” ironically put the band on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Silverstein was an icon, worthy of every nice (and twisted) word that is spoken about him.  He was, like the Giving Tree he created, a gift that keeps on giving even now, 11 years after his passing.

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May 10, 2010 at 7:23 am

June 27, 1936 – February 13, 2010

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here rests

by Lucille Clifton

my sister Josephine
born july in ’29
and dead these 15 years
who carried a book
on every stroll.
when daddy was dying
she left the streets
and moved back home
to tend him.
her pimp came too
her Diamond Dick
and they would take turns
a bible aloud through the house.
when you poem this
and you will   she would say
remember the Book of Job.
happy birthday and hope
to you Josephine
one of the easts
most wanted.
may heaven be filled
with literate men
may they bed you
with respect.

Lucille Clifton, “here rests” from Mercy. Copyright © 2004 by Lucille Clifton.

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February 27, 2010 at 9:17 am

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