Salute to the Alexandrov Ensemble

The devastating loss of 64 choristers, orchestra members and dancers from the Alexandrov Ensemble as well as 9 journalists in a tragic plane crash over the Black Sea reverberates its shock back to my early years. The first time I heard the Internationale, it was sung by the Red Army Choir, the precursor of the . . . → Read More if you dare: Salute to the Alexandrov Ensemble

Mr Grabbit Has a Poetic History

Unearthed from my library, this satirical poem by celebrated Australian poet, C.J. Dennis (aka “Den”) was published in his 1913 anthology Backblock Ballads and Other Verses – with its piercing, remarkably relevant political humour, it might stand up proudly today as a live slam performance. The Martyred Democrat A Recitation (with directions) (Begin breezily) . . . → Read More if you dare: Mr Grabbit Has a Poetic History

Mostafa Mahamed AKA Abu Sulayman, Australian Terrorist Mercenary in Aleppo

The rebranding of JFS (Jabhat Fateh al-Sham)/Nusra/AQ is purely cosmetic and strategic, enabling opportunistic calls for “unity” in East Aleppo, occupied by these AQ largely foreign mercenaries in a “death before surrender” stand at the expense of around 300,000 civilians who remain there. On the propagandist Facebook wall of Australian number one terrorist Shaykh Mostafa . . . → Read More if you dare: Mostafa Mahamed AKA Abu Sulayman, Australian Terrorist Mercenary in Aleppo

The Aridity of the Settler Imagination

On Hearing a “Friend” has Voted for Hanson You’ve never met a single Muslim yet automatically you despise them, your putrid tick for racist Hanson betrays a guilty, greedy voice within. What’s the bloody difference between yours and Toadball’s border defence? It’s vapid new age love you spout and you want to keep those . . . → Read More if you dare: The Aridity of the Settler Imagination

Elites

You market racism inbuilt in capitalism you sell division you hawk your tools so i can on-sell fear’s smell complicit with your smug, private accumulation stolen nations down the multi-level marketing pyramid intimate and bigoted this colonial poison mass death enjoyment this ponzi scheme which only benefits you i refuse to shill your septic poo . . . → Read More if you dare: Elites

Barnyard Frolics

#ErdoganInsultoftheDay : The US loves Nutanyahoo more than you, an extra-special relationship despite all you do, so you’ll have to settle for second-best Merkel and throwing your detractors into prison hell. Ludicrously, Germany retains an archaic law criminalising insults against foreign leaders which has enabled the litigious Erdogan to prosecute a German comedian who devised . . . → Read More if you dare: Barnyard Frolics

How to Grow a Garden - World Poetry Day 2016

It’s not that one has been forced to silence, rather that words have tumbled elsewhere than this blog for a while. Here’s a good excuse to restart this blog – commenting on the imprisonment of Palestinian poet, Ashraf Fayadh, jailed for “apostasy” for eight years and 800 lashes, his beheading sentence commuted by the vicious, . . . → Read More if you dare: How to Grow a Garden – World Poetry Day 2016

Symbolic Power Plays

Here’s another in the Unoriginal Patriarchy series, which commenced with Sol Invictus. Take It To The Max thorned on cross cock no more crows triumphant, yet salutes her mourning below. while lambs vie, coquetting with lions on foreign barricades medusa snakes writhe disapproval in mother’s grimace. kill it, kill her now recruit sisters, initiate daughters . . . → Read More if you dare: Symbolic Power Plays