become a bit sticky
Iraqis have turned
like tyrant Saddam
Basra the water supply
been cut off
we are seeing
a latenight poker game
send their own kids
take millions of patriots
the same folks)
throw the lunatics
the White House
then we are facing
weekends from hell
well more spring days
a democratic peace
is one of the two
stories on the planet
the battle for ideas
those young corpses
cold under desert moons
the Northern Winds July 4, 2002
in cabin kitchen with Vivian
with eyes open
breath out nostrils
day clear and beautiful
cold, and windy as hell
heaven up here in Canada's north country
inkling of industrial air pollution
another human being within 50 miles
Vivian and I reenergizing our love
daily nightly mercurial wanderings
dust blows from here through the hemisphere
slips through the eyelid & the screen door
between the molars & under the tongue
can make a nation crazy
cause a dog to sit up and take notice
been a crazy fucking year
of death and the fear that creates more death
of heightened alerts & habitual nightmares
of bedroom intruders dressed in terrorist beards
talking busted syntax on the Pentagon's porch
Northern Winds can you blow some uncommon sense
our nation down below?
you wine & dine us this year with a cleansing tempest?
you whistle and make our giant egos disappear?
you help us elect a new president?
terrorists have murdered innocent lives
given America's insane right an unnatural gift
up here where the winds howl
obvious nature abhors a fundamentalist judge
the whole pyramid scheme of corporate theft
Northern Winds blow the leaves hard
take time off so the trunks can rest
remember the World Wars and the inhuman slaughters
recall the old famines and the new disease
have begun to build another dangerous century
night ravens flew figure 8's near the cabin, playing
yr gusts. O Winds, we have learned to cross large continents
embrace our love. Can you shake us out of our future-destroying
for a new start? Tell
new century can begin whenever we choose.
in Alberta, Canada)
Catch with Cracked Globes
The first thing to remember is bend at the
knees & keep yr back
It could be a long day filled with leapfrogging
easy to throw out spinal discs or lose a wig
in the wind.
Most important is learning the two-arms-underneath
Let the globe come to you, breathe in slowly,
feel torso expand,
follow yr breath out yr nostrils, winding its
calm way through
Visualize a cracked globe landing softly in
your cupped palms
and whatever else you do, don't squeeze! Or
shards will fly!
Anonymous millions have had throats slashed,
for such frivolous crimes as a too-tight grip,
or turning away.
How return the globe to its sender depends
on its age.
If built early, circa 140 B.C. Greece, by Crates
not flick your wrists.
Don't dig fingers in for a long throw, this
globe stops time
losing this one can incur the wrath of powerful gods no living
Such gods refused to stay still long enough
to be mapped.
Or breaking this ultimate globe could be a
sign fortune on
waywill you take such a gamble?
If the globe's from 1492, it is likely the
oldest in existence.
Put the vast blue Atlantic southern hemisphere
as it looked
in yr throwing hand, raise it above your head & hold until
sender is ready.
If necessary, wait frozen & careful all night in that half-throwing
it's your butt on the line any time either
of you, sender or catcher,
Stare closely like a kabbalist at the letters
on yr globe & it will
reveal its codes,
its iconic, tectonic, temporal, and presentational
In what ways is your globe already out of date
& yet also
compass for the future?
How does its cartography construct the world
as well as
Did he or she who created this globe pre-plan
where its initial
Who agreed to draw its national borders in
solid black marker
than dotted gray lines?
What social and cultural features has the author
left out by paying
close attention to proportion and typography?
Is this a Wolves of War globe, or a mapping
How this globe reveal its historical contingency?
How are border cross-pollinations illuminated
for a nation's
Which regions are lost to the astronaut's eye
on a hazy day?
Did this globe's creator sufficiently appreciate
a mercury-free River Nile?
Who decided to include those beautiful &
What company or political foundation funded
this globe anyway?
your masking tape ready, your crazy glue, your double
steady your lavender candle to drip hot wax
to cover up the
Trace the open space from its ruptured beginning
See if it passes through a country called East
See if the East and West of Germany are divided,
South of Vietnam.
Does the globe say Israel and/or Palestine?
How many asterisks
next to the name Jerusalem?
Is Algeria independent yet? Is Bosnia its own
Are no-fly zones still marked off in North
& South of Iraq?
Under which flag does Hungary fly? Is there
a sign saying
its Jews have been placed on cattle cars yet?
totalitarian regimes can you name touching at least
point in the breach?
Can you find any Native Americans on a 17th
How does your globe assign responsibility for
Africa's civil wars?
In 1966, a 95-year-old Parisian globe cracked
all the way open
reveal an unhatched egg
shake yr globe a little to see if there are
any secret prizes inside.
Then you can decide whether to try silver duct
tape or a
or you can check www.repaircrackedglobes.com,
surfers will find exact answers there.
the crack runs anywhere within continental United States,
have a complicated task
in your open palms. You are looking at a country
that has set
of cultural freedom
and semi-democratic elections for much of the
world, a country
helped erase the axis of fascism
from your three-dimensional mid-20th century
map, that has
an unprecedented middle class
which doesn't look down often, that has committed
violence in five-plus centuries
to embarass mapmakers from the top pole to
Look at three different globes from the 19th
how the numbers
of U.S. states and U.S.-claimed foreign terrorities
Does your globe use America as
shorthand for the U.S. of A.?
Feel the surface of the continent: Can you sense the gorgeous
Lakes, the magnificent Mississippi,
the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon
Can you feel the dangerous radioactivity emanating
with plutonium hair triggers?
If you are rubbing a cracked globe on your
remember that when you get too angry in Wichita
on her Angolan rocks.
Meditate on this knowledge for 48 hours and
you will know
whether this is a globe that should be returned
via overhand toss
bowling ball roll,
or perhaps one of those rare globes that can
the White House lawn.
If yr globe was made during the new millennium
it will be difficult
locate origins of the crack.
There are Al Qaeda volcanos capable of causing
There are Colombian army earthquakes, Chechnyan
wars baking in the Kashmirian sun,
burial grounds housing too many bodies in the
AIDS spreading alarming rates in every nation
indexed on the map.
There is a mountain below the Equator called
IMF, a WTO River
tributaries remain invisible.
There are oil tankers crossing oceans with
unknown corporate logos,
tribal warlords and paramilitary death squads,
The weather become too warm, the weapons too
There are random subatomic pin pricks capable
physics cannot yet explain.
Any of these could have cracked the globe you
Can you examine your globe and discern whether
elected president of Brazil?
This may be a globe with potential, perhaps
even a globe
Although it looks stationary as you hold it
before you, arms
your globe is revolving at speeds too fast
for humans to follow.
Ignore my earlier advice. In truth, no matter
used thus far,
there has never been a foolproof way to send
without smashing it to bits. But you have made
the tough catch
must do something.
It will be difficult to invent a new way of
returning it safely
in times like these, the imagination is worth
thousand pair of hands.