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It's "Angle of Repose Fridays" on The After Show. You know, the angle in which a granular substance stays in place on a slope. Makes sense to us.

Today we celebrate the return of our Democracy, but we also mourn the assassination of JFK fifty years ago with a poem I wrote on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the dreadful day entitled, "Age of Dallas"; the usual suspects are whining what big bullies the Democrats are; Fox News calls for a military coup, just don't call it sedition; and Alabama grants three posthumous pardons in the notorious ‘Scottsboro Boys’ case, proving the wheels of Justice grind slow, but they do grind away.

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(12-String Ovation Balladeer Astoria, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)

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Voices and Soul appears on Black Kos Tuesday's Chile; poetry chosen and critiqued by Black Kos Poetry Editor Justice Putnam.

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(Cut Stones and Arch St Ceneri, France / copyright Justice Putnam)

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Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.    -- JP

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(Man, Girl and Broken Window Klamath Falls, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)

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(Can you help folks in need heat their homes and cook their food on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. Navajo has an important diary posted with all the particulars. Even a small amount can work towards building the minimum.

Could you please help?)

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So that explains it... !

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Sunlight and Water Pitcher Muir Beach / copyright Justice Putnam

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... Or does it?

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(Holy Bible and 3 in 1 Oil Berkeley, California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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(Rail Road Crossing, Sonoma California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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"Many heroes lived before Agamemnon, but they are all unmourned, and consigned to oblivion, because they had no bard to sing their praises."

 -- Horace

"Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand."

-- Charles Kingsley

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22 November 1963 is a date that is seared in my consciousness. I can still smell the crisp Oregon air of that day. I can still see my school chums try to make sense of it.

I was asked in 1978 what my memories were of that day. I had attempted other ways of describing it, but the following poem finally “synthesized” it well enough for me. It has appeared in several small and academic presses. In 1983, it won the Roger and Ruth Suva Prize and was the featured poem in the American Poetry Anthology for that year.

Age of Dallas

by

Justice Putnam

What did it mean
To be young
In the Age of Dallas?

To come home
To the farmhouse?

Ironing strewn
Across the living room
Mother crying
In front of the T.V.

Re-runs of Dealey Plaza.

I remember someone
Mentioning Camelot
Third-grade in Corvallis
My teacher came from Austin

But the School Secretary
Came from the
Principal’s office

Met our teacher
At the classroom door.

Tears
Flushed cheeks

We were filed
Onto the school bus

Solemnly driven home.

© 1978 by Justice Putnam
and Mechanisches Strophe-Verlagswesen

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Rest in Peace Aaron Swartz

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(Morning Fog And Surf, Muir Beach, California / copyright Justice Putnam)

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Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots Radio.com on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 08:50 AM PST.

Also republished by Netroots Radio, Black Kos community, and LatinoKos.

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