Chris Hedges: We Desperately Need the Clarion Call of the Radical Poet to Give Words to our Despair + The Wreckage of a Soul by Soraya Boyd

Reaching Out

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Dec 3, 2017

Gerald Stern, Poet and Author, discusses how poets and their poetry have lost the voice to “speak truth to power” in this digital society.

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There Really Is No Alternative – To The Truth by William Bowles

RIP Grenfell Tower

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
July 23, 2017

But then I think, no! This can’t be so, how can life be so cruel?

But then I think, we have so little power but so much comprehension, so maybe that’s it;

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Lukomorye: Poets Pave the Road to the Golden Age by Gaither Stewart

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by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
April 13, 2017

The recent death of the Russian poet with whom I was acquainted, Yevgheny Yevtushenko, prompted these considerations of the role of poets in social-cultural-political progress in general and in a particularly spectacular fashion in Russia. In few other countries have poets played a more significant than in Russia. Nonetheless, for centuries Russian poets have been harassed, persecuted, and punished for their songs. Dostoevsky imprisoned, Pushkin exiled, Yesenin, Mayakovsky and Tsvetaeva suicides, Mandelshtam and others perished in the cultural events of 1937. Poets seldom lead easy lives anywhere. The poet sees the ideals but he must flee from the world in order to rejoice in them and he cannot remain unaffected by the caricatures of these ideals around him.

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Robert Bly: Film Tribute to a Radical by Shepherd Bliss

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Sebastopol, California
December 26, 2015

Poet Robert Bly, now 89 years old, is a radical, by which I mean he returns to the roots. Haydn Reiss has captured him in his new, moving film “Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy.”

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The Wreckage of a Soul by Soraya Boyd

by Soraya Boyd
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Facilitate Global
November 5, 2014

Drifting in the fevered winter of a desolate mind
The captive pursuit of status and power a daily grind
In such a space the stilled bells of conscience no longer toll
For travailing arduously against sense and dignity many lose their soul Continue reading

The Climes They Are A-Changin’ by Ed Ciaccio

Quebec - climate change canvas

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by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 16, 2014

(to the music of “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” by Bob Dylan)

Come gather ’round people who count earth as home,
And admit that the sea levels around us have grown,
And accept it that soon we’ll be drenched to the bone.
If our future to us is worth savin’,
Then we’d better start pressuring those with hearts of stone,
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John Pilger: Countries Can Be Independent As Long As They Comply With The US, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

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by Cindy Sheehan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
April 13, 2014

This week Cindy chats with journalist/filmmaker John Pilger about world events and his new film, Utopia.

Then young Angeleno revolutionary poet Matt Sedillo will perform one of his poems for us.

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Plant Trees Not Bombs in Afghanistan + Billions Being Wasted in Afghanistan Reconstruction

by Hakim
Writer, Dandelion Salad
http://ourjourneytosmile.com
April 2, 2014

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On the 28th of March, 2014, at about 4 p.m., the Afghan Peace Volunteers heard a loud explosion nearby. For the rest of the evening and night, they anxiously waited for the sound of rocket fire and firing to stop. It was reported that a 10 year old girl, and the four assailants, were killed. Continue reading

Goodnight Gaia by Ed Ciaccio + Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline + State Department’s Fact Sheet

by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
January 31, 2014

Stop Keystone XL

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(to the music of “Goodnight Saigon” by Billy Joel)

We entered crying
From mothers’ safe wombs.
We struggled daily
To keep from our tombs.
And we learned fast
That life was tough,
So we were determined
To make it enough.

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Chris Hedges: Only Way To Get Rich Is To Be Unethical #OWS

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

Jarett Myskiw on Sep 22, 2013

The question and answer session from Chris Hedges’ speaking engagement at the West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on 21 September, 2013. Continue reading

And The Land Cried Tears of Blood by Soraya Boyd

Israel & Palestine

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by Soraya Boyd
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Facilitate Global
March 30, 2013

Heaving with revulsion, the defiled and mutilated land suppurates
Bloodied tears borne out of grief inconceivable only inaudible sighs each pang separates

And the mournful stones cry out in great desperation

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On Wall Street by Ed Ciaccio

by Ed Ciaccio
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 22, 2013

New York - "GREED STREET or Wall Street"

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(to the tune of “On Broadway” by Barry Mann, Mike Stoller, Jerry Leiber & Cynthia Weil)

They say there’s profit to be made on Wall Street (on Wall Street).
That’s what the banksters & fraudsters, they all say (on Wall Street).
But when their schemes and bubbles burst,
It’s always us who get hurt the worst,
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In Valiant Fortitude by Soraya Boyd

Gaza, November 2012

Image by Emre Karapınar @ IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation/TURKEY via Flickr

by Soraya Boyd
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Facilitate Global
December 30, 2012

Unlawfully pincered between harsh collective punishment and base military aggression
The tear bedabbled faces of innocent children in constant lacrimation
Afforded no respite cling desperately to their progenitor for safety and protection

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The Belligerent Occupier by Soraya Boyd

Gaza

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by Soraya Boyd
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
Facilitate Global
December 29, 2012

With breathtaking magnitude, resolute in forefending responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity
A darkly glib inhabits the psychic scape of a ruinously polished occupier seeking pseudo security

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