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The playlist for Monday 28 January 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "Giving Force To Such Delicate Particles" ~~

1 - Indian Handcraft -- "Red Action"
2 - Odds -- "Breakthrough"
3 - The Napoleon Connection -- "Purple Mountains"
4 - Blue Rodeo -- "Fools Like You"
5 - Nick Sherman -- "Winterdark"
6 - Kate Rogers Band -- "Up Country"
7 - Hannah Georgas -- "Ode to Mom"
8 - Oh My Darling -- "Champ de Bataille"

Station Break

9 - Les Negresses Vertes -- "L'homme de Marais"
10 - Daniel Lanois -- "The Deadly Nightshade"
11 - Robbie Robertson -- "Somewhere Down This Crazy River"
12 - Santana -- "Aquamarine"
13 - Ottmar Liebert -- "After the Rain"
14 - Gypsy Kings -- "Gitano Soy"
15 - Francis Cabrel -- "La Corrida"
16 - Mayra Andrade -- "Seu"

Station Break

17 - NRG Rising -- "From Darkness to Light"
18 - Sandy Scofield -- "Money is the Goal"
19 - Del Barber -- "Running on a Wire"
20 - Oh Susanna - "Pueblo"
21 - David St. Germain -- "Come Home"
22 - Tracy Bone -- "Woman of Red"
23 - Amelia Curran -- "Years"

Station Break

24 - Royal Wood -- "Safe Haven"
25 - Melody McKiver -- "Theresa"
26 - Tin Hat Trio -- "Fear of the South"
27 - Lhasa de Sela -- "Anywhere on this Road"
28 - Milladoiro -- "Alala des Marianas"
29 - Vincius Cantuaria & Bill Frisell -- "Aqua Muhler"
30 - Maria de Barros -- "Cabinda a Cunene"

Station Break

31 - Loop Guru -- "Hope"
32 - Porno for Pyros -- "Tahitian Moon"
33 - Half Head Special -- "Michael"
34 - French Rockets -- "1 x 1"
35 - Zero 7 -- "Polaris"
36 - Boards of Canada -- "Music is Math"

Station Break

37 - God is an Astronaut -- "Fall From the Stars"
38 - Vangelis -- "Blade Runner Theme"
39 - Susheela Raman -- "Nagunomo"
40 - Karsh Kale -- "Absence"
41 - Budos Band -- "King Cobra"
42 - Monica Salmosa -- "Canto em Qualquer Canto"

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(12-String Ovation Balladeer Astoria, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)


dust, leaves twirling
up off road
under wheels
automotive    winds
turning,    lifting
giving force to such
delicate    particles
ends attached in former
position to branch
soft paper thin petal-
like reds and golds
much as the mane swings
blows back    from higher
plane winds    Percheron    gold
mane    that red Percheron
on the right
the north side
you’ve seen her
in the early morning
when it’s snowing she
raises her dignity
laughing at motorists
distressed by ice
and Pueblo patrol cars
we catch in peripheral
focus    signal    turn the
halogens off and on
on and off    until
they code the signal
distress signal
approaching tribal police
traffic trap
commuting    the
35 mph racket
through Nambe
Pojoaque turn    50
Tesuque Bingo/Pull-Tabs
long before the lodge
turned stone    near Camel Rock
before the Congested Area in
approach to the
“City of the Oldest Catholic Church in North America”
we convey these
danger signs    to
local yokels    perhaps even
tourists    if we’re in the mood
strange nation
neither of us belong
though    we do stay
in close    proximity to
these other    Native peoples
very different than where we
come from    still the same
only    sometimes    though
they know the patrol
man he’s their cousin
all of theirs
they know this whirl
these leaves    rising now
before our heated grill
Chevy 4x    ’91
they know the Percheron
she steals the scenery easily
with her laughter and turn
pitching hoof and tail
in mockery    indispensable humor
she takes this morning
under gray the shade of nickel
to cloud the stress enabling
me to speak to you of

-- Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
"Percheron Nambe Morning"


Voices and Soul appears on Black Kos Tuesday's Chile; poetry chosen and critiqued by Black Kos Poetry Editor Justice Putnam.


(Cut Stones and Arch St Ceneri, France / copyright Justice Putnam)


Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.    -- JP


(Man, Girl and Broken Window Klamath Falls, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)


(Can you help folks in need heat their homes and cook their food on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. Navajo has an important diary posted with all the particulars. Even a small amount can work towards building the minimum.

Could you please help?)


So that explains it... !

Sunlight and Water Pitcher Muir Beach / copyright Justice Putnam


... Or does it?

(Holy Bible and 3 in 1 Oil Berkeley, California / copyright Justice Putnam)



(Rail Road Crossing, Sonoma California / copyright Justice Putnam)


"Many heroes lived before Agamemnon, but they are all unmourned, and consigned to oblivion, because they had no bard to sing their praises."

 -- Horace

"Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand."

-- Charles Kingsley

The Nature of Poetics Collapsed Outside My Window

On the third floor
Of an old stone hotel
I gaze out my window
To the night rain
Wet streets of
Mexico City.

I look down on rooftops
Built by Spaniards
And across stratum
Of TV antennae
Electric lights
And the huge domes of
Ancient cathedrals.

History is backed up
Against itself here
Like layers of
Soil and mud

One can see the edge of
Aztec excavations
Between the sleek
Exact lines
Of modern towers.

Echoing up from the street
Is the wet hiss
Of rolling tires
On wet black-top

And the more distant
Sounds of
And voices

All fusing somehow
Into that single

The chant of cities.

The Poet must be
Alone here

He must be free
And live as
The wind itself

Not bound by
The culture of society
Not restrained by taboo.

At ease to wander
In the mysterious visions
Of touching everything
Of trusting everything
Of believing everything.

The Poet must be free
To live the law
Of iguana-lazy sleep
On the hot sand

The Poet must be free
For the frenzy
Of butterfly wings

Across the cool smooth
Strange sculptured
Texture of tropical waters.

The Poet must be free
To move
To see

Free to
Merely be.

(Mexico City 1986)

© 1988 and 2004 by Justice Putnam
and Mechanisches Strophe-Verlagswesen


Rest in Peace Aaron Swartz



(Morning Fog And Surf, Muir Beach, California / copyright Justice Putnam)


Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 08:50 PM PST.

Also republished by Netroots Radio, Black Kos community, LatinoKos, and Protest Music.

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