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The playlist for Monday 24 March 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "I Was So Proud Not To Feel My Heart" ~~

1 - Gil Scott-Heron -- "Jose Campos Torres"
2 - Midnight Oil -- "Beds Are Burning"
3 - Siouxsie and The Banshees -- "Cities In Dust"
4 - Wall of Voodoo -- "Factory"
5 - Style Council -- "With Everything to Lose"
6 - Ghostland Observatory -- "Stranger Lover"
7 - Chumbawamba -- "Jacobs Ladder"

Station Break

8 - Cat Power -- "The Moon"
9 - Kate Bush -- "Lily"
10 - Band of Susans -- "The Last Temptation of Susan"
11 - Igor Stravinsky -- "Elegy for Solo Viola"
12 - Nina Simone -- "Wild is the Wind"
13 - Philip Glass -- "Kyokos House"
14 - The Cranberries -- "Linger"

Station Break

15 - Los Straitjackets -- "University Boulevard"
16 - Laika and The Cosmonauts -- "Salt Mine Twist"
17 - The Mermen -- "Sponge Cookie"
18 - Daikaiju -- "Farewell To Monster Island"
19 - The Calm Blue Sea -- "We Will Never Be As Young As We Are Tonight"
20 - Seabear -- "In Winters Eyes"
21 - Yatu -- "La Luna"

Station Break

22 - Stereolab -- "Cosmic Country Noir"
23 - Beth Orton -- "She Cries Your Name"
24 - Josh Roseman Unit -- "Long Day Short Night"
25 - Horace Silver -- "Song For My Father"
26 - Hank Crawford -- "Whispering Grass"

Station Break

27 - Poncho Sanchez -- "Besame Mama"
28 - Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros -- "Mondo Bongo"
29 - Tin Hat Trio -- "Fear of the South"
30 - Milladoiro -- "Alala das Marianas"
31 - Souljazz Orchestra -- "Kapital"

Station Break

32 - Vangelis -- "Memories of Green"
33 - Boards of Canada -- "Music is Math"
34 - Zero 7 -- "Give It  Away"
35 - Radiohead - "Reckoner"
36 - Bjork -- "The Hunter"
37 - God Is an Astronaut -- "Fall from the Stars"
38 - Hannah Georgas -- "Ode To Mom"

Who luvs ya, baby?

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

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A spring day oozes through Trastevere.
A nun in turquoise sneakers contemplates the stairs.
Ragazzi everywhere, the pus in their pimples
pushing up like paperwhites in the midday sun.

Every hard bulb stirs.

The fossilized egg in my chest
cracks open against my will.

I was so proud not to feel my heart.
Waking means being angry.

The dead man on the Congo road
was missing an ear,
which had either been eaten
or someone was wearing it
around his neck.

The dead man looked like this. No, that.

Here’s a flock of tourists
in matching canvas hats.
This year will take from me
the hardened person
who I longed to be.
I am healing by mistake.
Rome is also built on ruins.

-- Eliza Griswold
"Ruins"

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

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

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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

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

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So that explains it... !

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Sunlight and Water Pitcher Muir Beach / copyright Justice Putnam

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... Or does it?

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

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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"

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

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"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

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A Windy Day In Normandy

Your floral-print dress
A breeze across fields
Of Sunflower and Lavender

You told me the story
Of the tragedy of
Your family

Your grandfather on
His mailman bicycle
The delivery of
Resistance correspondence

The fear of discovery

(The inevitable retaliation
Against the village

An Uncle hung
In the Square
A few weeks short
Of the liberation)

I watched your tears
As you prayed near
The soldier multitude of
White crosses and
The occasional
Star of David

Here and there even
An alabaster Crescent Moon

You wept for them all
As the tournesol
Faced West

Your dress clung in folds

And your red hair
Framed the History
Of your familial grief

(Saint Ceneri, France, 1994)

© 2005 Justice Putnam
and Mechanisches Strophe-Verlagswesen

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Rest in Peace Aaron Swartz

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

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Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots Radio.com on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:45 PM PDT.

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

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    JoanMar, Trix, LinSea

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:45:16 PM PDT

  •  Tomorrow I may not feel the same (1+ / 0-)
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    Tonight I simply say:

    We always weep

       and have wept

          for them all.

    And tonight,

       my disgust for war
          with its seeming glory

       my disgust for murder,  for corruption

    Overwhelms.

    Or maybe tonight
       I simply need more wine
             less whine.

    Thank you, justice putnam,
        for all that you introduce and share.

    Dance lightly upon the Earth, Sing her songs with wild abandon, Smile upon all forms of Life ...and be well.

    by LinSea on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 10:06:17 PM PDT

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