Thursday, September 17, 2009
She Lived There
In the town of rejection
the old maid is buried in the garden
with weeds for a headstone.
Family stories were wiped clean
with a bloodstained handkerchief.
Cars drive backwards,
and anyone with secrets has
been cut out of the portrait.
Sign reads: No Trust Allowed
Ghosts leave no footprints on stairways.
Air doesn’t move and neither does the dust.
Windows locked tight with dried paint,
any sunlight that tries to enter is
blotted out by the unwashed glass.
Boxes behave, unaware of their own contents.
Stacked silent, cardboard makes equal
old treasures and junk that should have been
sold at yard sales.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
If any of you live on Lexington, or shop here, and share my sentiments, please do write to them!
161 Lexington Green Cir # B
Lexington, KY 40503
Dear Mr and Mrs Van Uum,
While visiting Lexington recently, to attend the Kentucky Women’s Writer’s Conference, I stopped in to do some shopping at your bookstore. Joseph Beth is filled with interesting, inspiring and intellectually stimulating books. As such, I was surprised to see Glen Beck’s book, Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, prominently displayed on one of the podiums lining the customer line to the cash registers. Out of all the book titles in your store, surely there are titles which represent constructive ideas of political conservatives that are more deserving of this store placement. And, if you do insist on offering Beck’s book a prominent position, maybe you should consider also placing a book selection that offers a differing political viewpoint.
I would like to close with a quote from Glen Beck, taken from his own radio show:
"This is horrible to say, and I wonder if I'm alone in this you know it took me about a year to start hating the 9/11 victims' families? I don't hate all of them. I hate probably about 10 of them. But when I see a 9-11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh, shut up!' I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining.”
This quotes speaks to the kind of mentality Beck spreads and why I am concerned about the prominent high-visibility placement you have given his book, given his sociopathic television broadcasts, which perpetuate fear, falsities and fantastical notions that our country’s President is leading us down a road to Fascism and Socialism. His work offers no contribution to real intellectual debate which is so essential to our Democracy.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Breathe Deep Productions has received a generous grant from RSF Social Finance allowing us to donate DVDs of Garden Insects to public schools and libraries located in the central US: Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama to the East, and Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico to the West, and all the states in between. If you have a personal contact with a library or public school that you feel would use and appreciate a copy, please let us know.
We are particularly interested in sending multiple copies to an entire district or main library who can then pass it on to each branch.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions.