The OWS Poetry Anthology has again been updated... It's massive! It's a marathon of poetry!
THE WORLD HAS A POETIC SPIRIT! IT'S BEING RADICALLY UNLEASHED! THERE IS A COMMUNITY OF THE SPIRIT! AND IT WANTS YOU TO JOIN IT! AND FEEL THE DELIGHT OF WALKING IN THE NOISY STREET! AND BEING THE NOISE! DRINK ALL YOUR PASSION AND BE A DISGRACE! FOR THE WORLD HAS A POETIC SPIRIT! NOW JOIN IT!
THIS WEEK'S WRITING PROMPT: Watch OWS video's on youtube that show police brutality. Spend a half hour in silent reflection. As you reflect, calmly send radiant energy to people the world over that have been victims of police brutality. Then write a poem to a police officer! Dedicate poems to Robert Hass.
Here is a poem in this spirit from WEEK 7:
when you beat me By, Richard Vargas 11/18/11
does your arm tire as you swing your baton into the thud of my flesh and bone and you hear me scream out in pain when you crack my ribs and jab my soft belly do you feel like a job well done when you pin me on the ground and harness my wrists like a rodeo cowboy hogties cattle
no matter that we are both looked down upon by those on their balconies of glass and steel who laugh and joke as they spread caviar on fancy crackers that will never pass our lips
while you choke me knock me down look at how they raise their flutes of exquisite champagne sparkling in the sun
blinding you with their cold brilliance and empty nods of approval