The Imperial Bourgeois Rag

Hieronymus Bosch – ‘”A Violent Forcing Of The Frog.”My principles are lofty, my politics so cool, and if you dare to disagree, I’ll push you in the pool. I follow only brightest bulbs who shine the truth for me, and if you don’t embrace them too, I’ll string you up a tree. Ch: Black and . . . → Read More if you dare: The Imperial Bourgeois Rag

A Ballad for the Grabbit - Tony Silvertongue

TONY SILVERTONGUE Do not denigrate our P M He leads this fair and precious land And speaks his mind into the ether Maybe sometimes he leaves his teeth there! Do not denigrate or call him names Like Phoney Tony, Flash or James For princely ears deserve respect Yet growing debt is what we get. . . . → Read More if you dare: A Ballad for the Grabbit – Tony Silvertongue

Everything Old is New Again

With Abbott’s opportunist, imperialist kowtowing march to war in the Middle East, legislative attacks on civil liberties to “balance” security needs, governmental hate-preaching racism, fear and McCarthyist terror-baiting the garrulous tenor of the day in Australia, Redgum’s classics resonate. Have you ever been a member of “Team Australia”? answer, quick, no obfuscations or context. Aamer . . . → Read More if you dare: Everything Old is New Again

Victim Diva

tabloid burnt offerings grovel to my dictates shock horror twerking scandal! if you could ask Elvis, would he not say my heaving gyrations transcend colour, sex, class and race? your acquiescence in this rotting pop corn age my attention-seeking militates. tread those egg shells lightly i throw down each day, my name writ smooth and . . . → Read More if you dare: Victim Diva

Musician Sonia Montez Speaks Out in Support of the Cultural Boycott of Israel

Boycott the Red Sea Jazz FestivalInspirational singer and composer Sonia Montez advocates for boycott of apartheid Israel: “When Mexico bleeds, and no one listens, who suffers. Would you play in a festival in Mexico that was supported by corrupt officials, the ones who feed into the violence epidemic sweeping Mexico? Do you not know that . . . → Read More if you dare: Musician Sonia Montez Speaks Out in Support of the Cultural Boycott of Israel

Le Trio Joubran and Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish (13 March 1941 – 9 August 2008) ‘This siege will persist until we teach our enemies models of our finest poetry the sky is leaden during the day and a fiery orange at night… but our hearts are as neutral as the flowery emblems on a shield … This low, high land . . . → Read More if you dare: Le Trio Joubran and Mahmoud Darwish

Sensational - Assaf on Arab Idol

From the Guardian: Mohammed Assaf, who is thought to be the favourite to win the TV talent show, has enthralled viewers from Gaza, the West Bank and the entire Palestinian diaspora with his rendition of traditional songs – some lamenting the loss of his homeland – and his self-effacing charm. For many in Palestine, . . . → Read More if you dare: Sensational – Assaf on Arab Idol

If You Don't Laugh, You'd Have to Cry - Let Me Off This Doomed Planet

NB, NSA, please read my poetry. Bureaucratic Blues I smell the fear on your vinyl briefcase as across the table like Captain Cook you pity the poor natives. Your backdoor agenda and verbal pyrotechnology’s a front for the urgency to move onto lunch, the bottom line, where you will be free of the irritation . . . → Read More if you dare: If You Don’t Laugh, You’d Have to Cry – Let Me Off This Doomed Planet