Our Daily Bleed...
JACKSON MAC LOW
American Fluxus poet, Buddhist, political activist.
Ethiopia: NATIONAL REVOLUTIONARY DAY.
PUBLIC HOLIDAY, Guinea-Bissau: Observance of the birthday of guerrilla fighter & revolutionary thinker Amilcar Cabral. Claimed by Marxists as one of their own because of his early works, Cabral was assassinated while theorising upon class self-determination & autonomous collective forms of social organisation in the post-colonial situation. In his own words:
"Povo na manda na su cabeca" (Let people do it for themselves).
San Patricio meets Zapata on the way to the cantina & over a tequila they discuss how best to be rid of snakes.
México: SAN PATRICIOS (St. Patrick's Battalion), Irish-American Army deserters who went over to the Mexican side to fight the US invaders, are honored on this day. In 1993, the Irish began to honor them in Clifden, Galway.
Tainos, West Indies: FEAST OF ATABEI, the Goddess Mother.
Greece: VIRGIN'S FAIR.
1740 -- Having corresponded for several years, Voltaire & Frederick the Great finally meet.
1838 -- Last Hawaiian monarch Luli'uokalani lives.
Daily Bleed Saint 2003 LILI'UOKALANI "To gain the kingdom of heaven,
hear what is not said."
— Deposed benevolent leader of Hawaiian Islanders.
1846 -- Elizabeth Barrett, 40, & Robert Browning, 34, secretly marry at London's St. Marylebone Church. Muses William Wordsworth, "Well, I hope they understand one another — nobody else would."
1846 -- US: At Nauvoo, Illinois, the first real exchanges of gunfire & cannon fire begin between anti-Mormon "Regulators" & the Mormon "Spartan Band" (assisted by newly settled non-Mormon sympathizers, the "Kill Devils"). For the next four days there are forays & skirmishes across roadways, backyards & cornfields.
1853 -- US: Reverend Antoinette Brown Blackwell is ordained at the Congressional Church in South Butler, New York, becoming the first female minister in the United States.
1860 -- Honduras: American adventurer William Walker, who became dictator of Nicaragua before being deposed by Cornelius Vanderbilt, then attempted to invade Honduras, is executed by a firing squad after being captured by the British.
1866 -- US: During this month (exact day unknown) the first African-American trade union, the Colored Caulkers' Trade Union Society of Baltimore, is founded. Isaac Myers was the union's first president.
African Americans played a dominant role in the caulking trade, & as early as 1835 there was a strike by black caulkers at the Washington Navy Yard. Caulking was of great importance in shipbuilding, for a ship was not fit for service unless it was caulked to prevent leaking.
1870 -- (18)Sixties dropout Fitz Hugh Ludlow dies, the morning after his 34th birthday, Geneva, Switzerland.
Daily Bleed Saint, 2003
The Hashish Eater, an American Thomas De Quincy.
1872 -- US: The Malheur reservation in eastern Oregon is established for several Indian bands of Northern Paiutes.
"I never listen to debates. They are dreadful things indeed. The plain truth is that I am not a fair man, & don't want to hear both sides. On all known subjects, ranging from aviation to xylophone-playing, I have fixed & invariable ideas. They have not changed since I was four or five."
Prominent newspaperman, book reviewer, & political commentator he was a libertarian before the word came into popular usage. His prose is as clear as an azure sky, his rhetoric as deadly as a rifle shot. Enthusiastic about the writings of Twain & Conrad, the music of Brahms, Beethoven & Bach, & the victuals offered up by Chesapeake Bay.
...underneath the shells & shrapnel was the old sharpshooter, carefully picking off the enemy, one by one, with perfect accuracy.
Daily Bleed Patron Saint December 14, 1997; June 16, 2006
Russian Bohemian, Futurist, bon-vivant, French Surrealist muse.
After passing through Crystal Ridge & Cranberry, the marchers, numbering 400, proceeded out of the patch towns toward the West Hazleton limits on their way to Lattimer to drum up support for their strike.
‘‘You dare not go ahead. This is against the law.’’ Sheriff Martin said, warning the marchers not to proceed into West Hazleton. ‘‘Me no care, me go to Lattimer.’’
— Steve Yusko, a Polish miner who would pay dearly for his stand against the coal barons.
‘‘Men were mowed down like grass. They lay on the ground crying & helpless.’’ The attack was brief, but its toll was huge. By the time it ended, 19 people had died & at least twice as many were seriously wounded. Six more men would die of gunshot wounds.
According to a newspaper account in the area, the land of Lewis River was a "hot & silent valley of death."
[Details / context]
"The move from delight to wisdom... — this move performs the work of art. MacNeice's disaffection from Ulster does not preclude an ongoing affection, & in his resolution of this doubleness he became & remains a vital figure in the history of modern Irish poetry."
— Seamus Heaney
1910 -- US: Social worker = cop? Former social worker, Mrs. Alice Stebbins Wells, becomes the LAPD's (& the world's) first policewoman.
Source: [Calendar Riots]
1912 -- Nicaragua: 2,500 US marines invade the country, to "protect US interests", remaining until 1925 — interests, which are many & seem to revolve around taking anything of value it wants.
1913 -- US: Jesse Owens lives, Oakville, Alabama. One of the greatest track & field runners in history. Achieve fame at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, where he snags four gold medals, dispelling Hitler's notion of the superior Aryan race & the inferiority of black athletes.
1915 -- Turkey: Genocide of Armenians begins.
1918 -- First use of an army tank, in France.
1918 -- US: Eugene Debs on trial (9th-12th) under the espionage act; sentenced to 10 years on the 14th for his June "Canton Speech," against the Slaughter to End All Slaughter. (Poet Bill Witherup reads Debs' speech aloud on September 18, 2006, Cafe Allegro, Seattle.)
1919 -- US: Still in prison for opposing the war once opposed by Beloved & Respected Comrade Liberal Leader Woodrow Wilson, the anarchist Emma Goldman is served a warrant for her arrest & deportation; bond set at $15,000.
1921 -- Stanislaw Lem lives. Author best known for his satire, humor, & irreverent reflections of society.
Polish satirical/philosophical science fiction writer, & critic whose novel Solaris (1961) is among the classic science fiction novels of the 1960s; it was filmed by Andrei Tarkovsky in 1971. Lem's books have been translated into some 30 languages.
Also wrote The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age; The Futurological Congress among many others.
Series character: Ijon Tichy, time traveler who appeared among others in the short story collections (The Star Diaries etc.)
FURTHER READING: New Worlds for Old by David Ketterer (1974); Stanislaw Lem by Richard E. Ziegfeld (1985) in Science Fiction Studies, vol. 13.
Also writes performance pieces, essays, plays, & radio works.
Mac Low has always been a political activist, a self-proclaimed pacifist-anarchist. This political stance is evident in the content of the verse written before 1954, as it is also in Mac Low's activity as an editor of an anarchist publication.
After 1954 & Mac Low's increasing use of non-intentional strategies, the political stance is shifted to the poem's form & becomes actualized in the transaction between the text & the reader. As Bruce Campbell has explained,
Mac Low has no desire "to be a dictator....Instead Mac Low wants to 'empower' the reader.... The reader is not someone who simply gazes upon the work or arrives at a prefabricated meaning; the reader helps to make the meaning."
In short, using non-intentional strategies allows Mac Low to alter radically the power relationship of conventional author / reader transactions.
The Jackson Mac Low Papers:
Political Subjects consists largely of newspaper & magazine clippings, brochures & flyers. Many of these materials date to the 1940s, 1950s & 1960s, with an emphasis on anarchist movements of the period.
1924 -- Amilcar Cabral lives, Bafata (then Portuguese Guinea).
Alternate Patron Saint, AMILCAR CABRAL
Agronomist, African revolutionary, martyr.
1928 -- Sinclair Lewis, visiting Plymouth, Vermont with Dorothy Thompson, sends a postcard to H. L. Mencken on his 48th birthday.
1931 -- African-American novelist who examines black life & racial relations in the US in her children's stories & works for adults, Kristin Hunter, lives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Her writing career begins at the age of 14 with a contribution to The Pittsburgh Courier, an important black newspaper, which she writes for until her graduation from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first & best-known novel is God Bless the Child (1964), the story of three generations of women confronting choices forced upon them by their skin tones.
Unemployed workers, near starvation after county authorities cut off relief. All over the country starving people are taking direct action instead of waiting for government help.
Aunt Molly Jackson, who became active in Appalachian labor struggles, pulls a gun on her Toledo storekeeper when he objects to giving her credit. When she gets home, her seven children are so hungry they grab the raw dough out of her hands & stuff it into their mouths before she can bake it.
Molly Jackson recalls telling the shop owner:
"Martin, if you try to take this grub away from me, God knows that if they electrocute me for it tomorrow, I'll shoot you six times in a minute."
1934 -- US: In response to textile labor strikes & agitation, by today National Guardsmen are on duty in every New England state except Vermont & New Hampshire.
1,500 pickets battled state troopers in Connecticut. Other confrontations in Fall River, Ma., Lawrence & Lowell, & Lewiston, Maine. But the worst was at Woonsocket, Rhode Island, when at midnight tonight 500 let fly a barrage of bricks at the police & the crowd grew to 2,000. The National Guardsmen at the Rayon Plant fired 30 shots into the crowd, killing one & wounding others. Word spread & the angry crowd grew to 8,000.
The governor sent in two more companies of Guards to quell the crowd & put the city under martial law, & announced that "There is a Communistic uprising & not a textile strike in Rhode Island."
The strikes, centered in the NE & the South, occurred all along the eastern seaboard. In Pennsylvania, for example, 47,000 struck & in Lancaster police charged that women strikers were attacking non-strikers with "old-fashioned hat pins."
Source: Jeremy Brecher, Strike! p174
1935 -- Richard Hunt lives, Chicago, Illinois. African American, A leading sculptor, collected by the National Museum of American Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, & the Museum of the Twentieth Century in Vienna.
1939 -- France: Louis Lecoin, & other militant pacifists, distribute 100,000 copies of the leaflet « Paix immédiate » (“Immediate Peace”). Lecoin is arrested on the 29th & in the days which follow several signatories of the leaflet repudiate it.
12 septembre Louis Lecoin tract « Paix immédiate ». 29 septembre Angers. Arrestation de Louis Lecoin. signataires du tract « Paix immédiate » le désavouent.
1940 -- US: Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, New Jersey blows up, killing 49 people, injuring 200 others.
1943 -- Michael Ondaatje lives Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Canadian novelist/poet who blends myth, history, jazz, & memoirs to create his musical prose & poetry, His 1970 pastiche, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-Handed Poems drew on his fascination with the American west, & his 1992 novel, The English Patient, got him a popular audience & an award-winning movie.
while i've been going on
the blood from my wrist
has travelled to my heart
& my fingers touch
this soft blue paper notebook
control a pencil that shifts up & sideways
mapping my thinking going its own way
1943 -- Italy: Mussolini viene liberato dai tedeschi a Campo Imperatore sul Gran Sasso (Aquila) dove era stato confinato.
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1943 -- Italy: Popular uprising against the Nazis, in Piombino, a steel town with a great libertarian tradition & a tradition above all of revolutionary syndicalism. Among the anarchists in the uprising is Adriano Vanni, a Maremma partisan also on the local CLN (National Liberation Committee, a body made up of a spectrum of anti-fascist parties) stands out.
1945 -- Canada: Ford workers in Windsor, Ontario begin strike, leading to introduction of the Rand Formula.
1948 -- Spain: Antonio Ortiz, takes part with Primitivo Gomez & José Perez in an attempt to bomb (using a small private plane) the official platform where Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Franco is speechifying, in San Sebastien.
He was intercepted by Spanish fighters, but managed to escape.
Ortiz was a member of the CNT in 1936 during the Spanish Revolution & Civil War. Participated July 19/20 1936, in the Barcelona attack against the military barracks.
Ortiz directed the "Red & Black" column which won part of Aragon from the fascists, allowing the development of the libertarian communities.
A video cassette recalls the life of this little known anarquista: Ortiz, General Without God Nor Master.
1951 -- "Declaración Previa" appears.
Comienza la participacion de los surrealistas en LeLibertaire, periodico semanal de la Federacion Anarquista Francesa, con el texto aqui presentado: "Surrealismo y Anarquismo — Declaracion Previa," firmado entre otros por André Breton, Benjamin Péret, Jean Schuster y Jean-Luis Bedouin.
1953 -- Russia: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Nikita Khrushchev becomes Secretary of USSR Communist Party.
"We will bury you."
1953 -- Italy: La polizia di stato arresta Guido Aristarco, direttore di "Cinema Nuovo," e Renzo Renzi, autore della sceneggiatura "L'armata s'agapò" sul comportamento dell'esercito italiano durante l'aggressione alla Grecia. Accusa : vilipendio alle forze armate sulla base delle norme del codice militare. E' l'ennesima prova della continuità storica tra regimi statali (pre-fascista, fascista, post-fascista).
Source: [Crimini e Misfatti]
1956 -- Ace Backwards lives. Millions rejoice.
1959 -- Velveeta?: Luna 2 launched by USSR; first spacecraft to smack into Moon Cheese.
1962 -- US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President John F. Kennedy speaks at Rice University's Rice Stadium to 35,000 Houstonians, saying of the lunar landing program, "...we do this not because she is easy, but because it is hard..."
1962 -- Jackson Mac Low reaches a new low, age 40. American poet & anarchist pacifist involved (1944-54) with Why? & edited(?) Resistance.
"He reaches the age of forty
At anything less than that age
he is not even a possible for a Sagittarius"
Me Virgo Man You Sagittarius Woman
Orgone radiation flimmers between us
our curious safety light
— Jackson Mac Low, excerpt "58TH LIGHT POEM: FOR ANNE TARDOS — 19 MARCH 1979"
1968 -- Albania abandona el Pacto de Varsovia por la invasión de Checoslovaquia.
1970 -- Puerto Rico: Comandos Armados Liberacion bomb US governors convention, San Juan.
1970 -- US: Timothy Leary escapes prison (San Luis Obispo) with help from the Weather Underground, joins Eldridge Cleaver in Algiers.
Leary was arrested regularly & was held captive in 29 different prisons throughout the world.
"Leary had agreed to deal our third issue of SPIT from his San Diego prison cell where he was being re-restrained after being recaptured after his escape the year before.
We expected some kind of bleak jailhouse blues, I guess — "Ex-Harvard Prof Gets Down & Dirty Behind Bars!" But no: Dr. Leary writes to inform us that the theme for his issue will be Communication With Higher Intelligence — an ambitious aim even from atop the loftiest ivory tower. But from behind bars?
So Babbs & I fly south to ask our incarcerated editor a few probing questions..."
1973 -- "Chile: 12 September 1973"
Poster by Arnd Schultheiss (1974).
The United States of America bankrolled rightwing extremists in Chile to destroy the democratic government of Chile.
They replaced it with the brutal dictatorship of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Agusto Pinochet. His terrorist regime lasted for 17 years & led to the murders of over 5,000 people.
Further, with the help of rightwing economist Milton Friedman & American corporations operating under the self-serving slogan "Free Market Economy," the economy was totally devastated.
1977 -- South Africa: Student anti-apartheid leader Steve Biko, 30, murdered while in police custody, Port Elizabeth.
1977 -- American poet, WWII conscientious objector, Robert Lowell dies.
1982 -- US: First dump trucks loaded with PCBs drive into Afton, Warren County, North Carolina, the poorest county in the state, are met by vigil of 50 to 300 protesters waiting daily for the last month; 510 arrests made. (Protesters, not the PCB guys).
1982 -- US: Prolific serial killer Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins kills his final victim, a fellow death row inmate, with a bomb concealed in a coffee cup, Columbia Correctional Institution, Columbia, South Carolina.
1986 -- Pappy!, You Old Dog You: Papillon lives! (1986-2001). HemoMeister's best friend. She patiently watched human beings move piles from one spot to another, again, again, again...
1988 -- Gilbert, strongest hurricane ever (160 mph), devastates Jamaica.
1990 -- Where's Monica?: Christine McVie & Stevie Nicks announce they'll no longer perform with Fleetwood Mac. About two years later they reunite to sing at Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Willy Clinton's inauguration. Four years after that, they reunite for an MTV Unplugged special, returning to the White House for a Clinton "plugged" special.
1992 -- US: A freighter flying the Greek flag is denied entry at Long Beach, California, for repairs because its cargo of Chinese rice is bound for Cuba. (Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Bush enacted an Executive Order banning ships trading with Cuba.)
1996 -- Germany: During this month [I don't have exact date. — ed.] the Linienstrasse 158/159 squat is evicted. This follows on the heels of evictions in July & the last squat in West Berlin in August. A few squats were legalized bya the government, but over the next year the Squatter's Movement was under heavy government attack, some of it later ruled illegal in court.
1996 -- Oasis abruptly canceled its US tour two-thirds of the way into it. The band said it was due to "the basic fact that we really suck."
1997 -- México: 1,111 Zapatistas march to México City.
"You think it's the end. But it's just the beginning."
— Bob Marley
1998 -- US?: Houston, Texass: 2nd Annual Saint Arnold Homebrew Day!!
Don't drink & surf!
At 2:30 PM (right after the brewery tour) we will be conducting a homebrewing seminar & demonstration. Ask Saint Arnold brewers all the questions you have been dying to ask. Local homebrew shops will also be here to assist & show you lots of really cool home brewing equipment. Of course, there will be plenty of Saint Arnold beer for everyone.
& to all the potential women brewers, until about 200 years ago, most brewers were women. Thus the term "alewife." So come out & teach the men how to brew.
Cuba has learned with grief & sadness of the violent, surprise attacks carried out ... against civilian & official facilities ... Cuba's position against any terrorist action is known.
It is not possible to forget that for over 40 years our country has been a victim of such actions fostered from within the territory of the United States.
— excerpt, government statement, Havana, 11 September 2001
2001 -- Spain: Dolores Prat Coll dies (b.1905). Militant anarco-sindicalista of the CNT at the age of 15, she appears in Lisa Berger's film "Chemin de Liberté" (Way of Freedom; 1997) & is the subject of Dolores: Une Vie Pour La liberté (A Life for Freedom; 2002) by Progreso Marin, her son.
2003 -- Songster Johnny Cash cashes out.
Daily Bleed Saint 2006-2008
American outlaw country music star. "Man in Black".
2003 -- Leonard Peltier's birthday. Cards, US postal money orders, paperback books, & pictures (not Polaroid) can be sent to:
Leavenworth, KS 66044
Protest in support of people of Chiapas/Leonard's birthday:
Leonard was sent to prison in 1977 for two life terms in one of the most corrupt trials in recent US history.
1986, 1993, 1995, & 1997: US prosecutors admit they "......do not know who killed the agents ......." & admit in 1986 that falsified affidavits were submitted to Canadian Officials, in order to secure the extradition of Leonard Peltier.
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