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The playlist for Monday 4 February 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres:

 ~~ "When They Bare The Iron Hand"  ~~

1 - Albert King -- "Born Under a Bad Sign"
2 - Blind Boys of Alabama -- "Nobody's Fault But Mine"
3 - William Bell -- "Everybody Loves a Winner"
4 - Johnnie Taylor -- "Ain't That Loving You?"
5 - Les McCann & Eddie Harris -- "Compared To What?"
6 - Herbie Mann -- "Coming Home Baby"

Station Break

7 - John Coltrane -- "My Favorite Things"
8 - Yusef Lateef -- "Nubian Lady"
9 - Horace Silver -- "Song For My Father"
10 - John Lee Hooker -- "Baby Lee"

Station Break

11 - The Cinematic Orchestra -- "Burn Out"
12 - Jaga Jazzist -- "Going Down"
13 - Dzihan & Kamian -- "Stiff Jazz"
14 - Antibalas Afro Beat Orchestra -- "El Machete"

Station Break

15 - Gaelica -- "Cancao do Miramar"
16 - Mayra Andrade -- "Seu"
17 - Monica Salmaso -- "Canto em Qaulquer Canto"
18 - Omara Portuondo -- "Canto lo Sentimental"
19 - Buena Vista Social Club -- "Dos Gardenas"
20 - Ibrahim Ferrer -- "Buenos Hermanos"
21 - Lila Downs -- "Mi Corazon me Recuerda"
22 - Gal Costa -- "A Linha e o Linho"

Station Break

23 - Jacques Brel -- "Les Biches"
24 - Serge Gainsbourg -- "Aeroplanes"
25 - Nouvelle Vague -- "Bela Lugosi is Dead"
26 - Francis Cabrel -- "La Fille Qui M'Accompagne"
27 - Les Negresses Vertes -- "Orane"
28 - Euphoria -- "Delirium"
29 - Les Baxter -- "Tropicando"

Station Break

30 - Vangelis -- "Sirens Whispering"
31 - Agricantus -- "Tenere"
32 - Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso -- "Warda's Whorehouse"
33 - Abdullah Ibrahim -- "Mountain in the Night"
34 - Novalima -- "Africa Land"
35 - Geoffery Oryema -- "Payira Wind"

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


Good Friday was the day
    Of the prodigy and crime,
When they killed him in his pity,
    When they killed him in his prime
Of clemency and calm—
         When with yearning he was filled
         To redeem the evil-willed,
And, though conqueror, be kind;
    But they killed him in his kindness,
    In their madness and their blindness,
And they killed him from behind.

              There is sobbing of the strong,
                   And a pall upon the land;
              But the People in their weeping
                                    Bare the iron hand:
              Beware the People weeping
                   When they bare the iron hand.

He lieth in his blood—
    The father in his face;
They have killed him, the Forgiver—
    The Avenger takes his place,
The Avenger wisely stern,
         Who in righteousness shall do
         What heavens call him to,
And the parricides remand;
    For they killed him in his kindness,
    In their madness and their blindness.
And his blood is on their hand.

                    There is sobbing of the strong,
                        And a pall upon the land;
                    But the People in their weeping
                                    Bare the iron hand:
                    Beware the People weeping
                        When they bare the iron hand.

-- Herman Melville
"The Martyr"


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 Feb 04, 2013 at 08:50 PM PST.

Also republished by Netroots Radio and Black Kos community.

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