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The playlist for Monday 18 March 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "To Dream The Blank Horizon" ~~

1 - Fairport Convention -- "Matty Groves"
2 - Alias Acoustic Band -- "The Wind That Shakes The Barley"
3 - The Chieftains - "Women Of Ireland"
4 - Sinead O'Connor  -  "Molly Malone"
5 - Planxty -- "The Well Below The Valley"
6 - The Dubliners -- "The Rocky Road To Dublin"
7 - Lal and Mike Waterson -- "Bright Phoebus"

Station Break

8 - The Sound Defects -- "Peace"
9 - Yo La Tengo - "Don't Have To Be So Sad"
10 - Hidden Orchestra -- "Strange"
11 - The Mermen -- "With No Definite Future and No Purpose"
12 - Tokyo Police Club -- "La Ferrassie"
13 - The Magnetic Fields -- "All My Little Words"
14 - Snow Patrol -- "Set The Fire To The Third Bar"

Station Break

15 - Gasoline -- "Chicago Nites"
16 - Club des Belugas -- "Next Order Please"
17 - Parov Stelar -- "Silent Snow"
18 - Metropolitan Jazz Affair -- "Fourmi Rouge"
19 - Paul Desmond - "Take Ten"
20 - Mario Biondi -- "Winter in America"

Station Break

21 - John Coltrane -- "My Favorite Things"
22 - Nina Simone -- "I Get Along Without You Very Well"
23 - Stina Nordenstam -- "Crime"
24 - Afro Celt Sound System -- "Seed"

Station Break

25 - Mario Bauza and His Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra -- "El Manisero"
26 - De-Phazz -- "Havana Moon"
27 - Quantic -- "Brand New Watusi"
28 - Budos Band -- "Hidden Hand"
29 - Dengue Fever -- "Sleepwalking Through The Mekong"

Station Break

30 - Boozoo Bayou -- "Nights over Manaus"
31 - Rosalia de Souza -- "Bossa 31"
32 - Lemongrass -- "Bonjour"
33 - Hank Crawford -- "Whispering Grass"
34 - Les Hommes -- "Intraspettro"

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


Their long stares mark them apart; eyes gone
to sea-colors: gray, foam-flecked

and black in the undertow, blue
as the blue banners of  the mackerel, whipping west.

On land, they are smoke-walkers, where each stone
is a standing stone, every circle a stone circle.

They would be rumor if they could, in this frozen
landscape like a stopped sea, from the great stone keels

of  Callanish to the walls of  Dunnottar and Drum.
They would be less even than rumor:

to be ocean-stealers, to never throw a shadow — 
to dream the blank horizon and dread the sight of  land.

The drink storms through these men, uncompasses
them, till they’re all at sea again.

Their houses, heeled over in the sand:
each ruin now a cairn for kites.

And down by the quay
past empty pots, unmended nets, and boats:

this tiny bar, where men sleep upright
in their own element, as seals.

-- Robin Robertson
"The Fishermen’s Farewell"


Voices and Soulappears 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)


I took another small sip of water as the next questioner rose, this time by the stacks of French novels. She was cute; red hair, tall, maybe 5'9" or 5'10", well proportioned. Had to be another doctoral student in Comparative Literature at Cal; so even at 24 or 25, was too young for my wandering eye.

"You stated," she stated determinedly, "and I quote; 'Comedy, Poetry and Fiction are only effective and only become Art if there is a Truth behind the humor, the verse and the lie.'"

"Yes," I uttered to fill the small silence.

"In your writing; in your humor, verse and lies, are you telling a Truth about yourself?" she asked, "or are you telling a Truth about the Culture and Society as a whole?"

"Yes," I answered.

--Justice Putnam
"Conversations With The Audience"



(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


Rest in Peace Aaron Schwartz



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


Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 08:45 PM PDT.

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