Saturday, January 31, 2009

Internet Dating Haiku

Internet dating:
Find the love of your life now.
Hurt someone. Get hurt.


Alfred Arteaga, Raulsalinas & Other Writers Remembered Today

I'll be remembering my dear friend, Alfred Arteaga, today at "Writers Remembered" at 1pm in the SF Public Library - perhaps I'll see you there?

• Writers Remembered, an annual literary event with readings, personal stories, and reflections by Bay Area authors on some of the writers, poets, editors and journalists who died in 2008, including tributes to William F. Buckley by Tom Barbash, Hayden Carruth by Barbara Berman, James Crumley by Peter Plate, Mahmoud Darwish by Deema Shehabi, Tony Vaughan by Jack Hirschman/Agneta Falk, Reginald Lockett by Al Young, Raulsalinas by Alejandro Murguia, Studs Terkel by Gerald Nicosia, John Trumbo by Sharon Doubiago, Dave Church by A. D. Winans, and Alfred Arteaga by Naomi Quinonez, Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin, at Grove, SF, 1:00-4:00 (415/557-4277,


Thursday, January 29, 2009

25 Random Things About ME (and a secret)

For those who asked:

25 Random Things About ME (and one secret)

1. Birds "talk" to me. It's a family trait.

2. My earliest ambition (age 8) was to become a herpitologist.

3. I worked with what was termed "severely retarded" children aged 12-19 with developmental aptitudes of 2-6 month olds. All had their own language.

4. I was saluted by Bill Clinton with a lamb chop in the White House.

5. I always wanted to live in the wilderness. I'd make a good hermit.

6. I'm scared of cows (but you knew that.)

7. I used to be afraid of ants.

8. Otherwise, I'm brave.

9. I was born with a curl like Sweet Pea.

10. I'm a printer and I miss it.

11. I can fix a press and if I drove I'd be a mechanic.

12. I've never applied for a driver's license.

13. I'm a trained philosopher.

14. I expect to learn how to play the sax at 60.

15. I had imaginary being friends, and a mailbox for them.

16. I still have a serious romantic and erotic crush on a cartoon character (Sherman).

17. My father wanted me to become a lawyer.

18. I couldn't tell my left from my right foot as a child. I still make mistakes giving directions.

19. I have an excellent sense of direction (if I'm walking.)

20. I sometimes believe I'm the reincarnation of Dylan Thomas; It would serve him right.

21. I wrote a 54 page paper, a feminist analysis and critique on penis envy & homosexuality in Sigmund Freud for my high school English class (to make up for spending all my time in the bleachers - without a game.)

22. I graduated with high honors from SJSU & wrote a 78 page paper on John Dewey, "Experience as Art in A Nuclear Age" while having no idea I was in the honors program. I still haven't picked up my gold key. I skipped graduation.

23. I'd be a brain surgeon if I could have gotten through a statistics course.

24. After high school I vowed never to think in numbers.

25. I read everything there was to read in the children's library by the time I was 11, then was thrown out of the adult library for attempting to check out A History of Yoga which was about as big as me.

Bonus (secret): I didn't weigh up to 98 lbs until I was 24 and married. (Oops, that's a secret!)

Your turn.

Friday, January 23, 2009

House Rescue Benefit for Norman Zelaya Tonight, 7pm, 2957 24th St., SF

Join me tonight & get a unique Valentine Day gift: I'll write you or yours a love poem to benefit Norman's family. ~ LDC
Silent auction, so to bring $$$ for Guayaberas by Lucha, 2 dinner certificates for two courtesy of Baobab!, Posters from Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution, and some other really cool goodies for a cause!

Flute player MASARU KOGA
gosple trio BAY CITY LUV
and Steve Cervantes (Lorna Dee's brother)


House Rescue Benefit: Fundraiser for Norman Zelaya and Family
Friday Jan 23
Galeria de la Raza
2857 24th Street @ Bryant
$10-$20 donation requested (give more if you can!)

A night of love and generosity featuring music, poetry, comedy and visual art to help Norman and family get into a home as soon as possible.

Cash bar.

The one and only Norman Zelaya
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Marc Pinate
Karim Scarlatta
Lariza Dugan Cuadra
Ariel Vargas
Paul S. Flores
Elena Vasquez

Dj Lucha Grande
Dj Aztec Parrot
Dj Danny V
And more being added all the time.

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You can find me tonight, 7 pm, at the Galeria de la Raza on 24th Street at the House Burning Benefit for Norman Zelaya. I'll be writing love poems for strangers. (Wait, don't I already do that??) Come and get your love.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

LEONARD PELTIER SEVERELY BEATEN UPON ARRIVAL AT CANAAN FED PEN!! (and I've been locked out of my Facebook account while trying to post this news)

Please help! I am only forwarding this information, I have no other knowledge or contacts. Please do not contact me unless I know you. Investigate. Reflect. - LDC P.S. I was weirdly locked out of my Facebook account while trying to forward this post. Please do not open anything from me from that account after 1 pm pst. It's probably not from me. You'll know when you get something in my usual goofy tone.

Dear Leonard Peltier Supporters

Leonard was severely beaten upon his arrival at the Canaan Federal Penitentiary. When he went into population after his transfer, some inmates assaulted him.
The severity of his injuries is that he suffered numerous blows to his head and body, receiving a large bump on his head, possibly a concussion, and numerous bruises.
Also, one of his fingers is swollen and discolored and he has pain in his chest and ribcage.
There was blood everywhere from his injuries.

We feel that prison authorities at the prompting of the FBI orchestrated this attack and thus, we are greatly concerned about his safety.
It may be that the attackers, whom Leonard did not even know, were offered reduced sentences for carrying out this heinous assault. Since Leonard is up for parole soon, this could be a conspiracy to discredit a model prisoner.

He was placed in solitary confinement and only given one meal, this is generally done when you won’t name your attackers; incidentally being only given one meal seriously jeopardizes his health because of his diabetes.

Prison officials refuse to release any info to the family, but they need to hear from his supporters to protect his safety, as does President Obama.
His attorneys are trying to get calls into him now.
This attack on LP comes on the heels of the FBI’s recent letter, prompting this attack by FBI supporters as an attempt to discredit LP as a model prisoner.
Anyone who has been in the prison system knows well that if you refuse to name your attackers or file charges against them, then you lose your status as a victim and/or given points against your possible parole and labeled as a perpetrator.

It is not uncommon, in fact is quite common for the government to use Indian against Indian and they still operate under the old adage “it takes an Indian to catch an Indian”.

In 1978, they made an attempt to assassinate him through another Indian man who was also at Marion prison with LP. But Standing Deer chose to reveal the plot to him instead of taking his life in exchange FOR A CHANCE AT FREEDOM.
When Standing Deer was released in 2001, he joined the former Leonard Peltier Defense Committee as a board member.
He also began to speak on Leonard’s behalf until his murder six years ago today.
Prior to his murder, Standing Deer confided with close friends and associates that the same man who visited him in Marion to assassinate Peltier, had came to Houston, TX and told him that he had better stay away from Peltier and anything to do with him.

We are aware that currently, the FBI is actively seeking support for his continued imprisonment of Leonard Peltier and also also seeking support from Native People. So please be aware, and keep Leonard in your prayers.
The FBI is apparently afraid of the impact we are having.

If they will set him up to blemish his record just before a parole hearing, what will they do when it looks like his freedom will become a reality? We need to make sure that nothing happens to him again!

Please write the President, send it priority or registered mail. Email to or email President Obama.

Call your congressional representatives and write letters, not email, to them. Do what you can to get the word out to insure that LP is receiving adequate medical attention for his injuries.

I am asking you, supporters of Leonard and advocates of justice at this time to help. I don’t know what else to do. Please Help!

Thank you
Betty Peltier-Solano
Executive Coordinator
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

Also call and request Leonard be treated with dignity and respect.
Canaan Federal Prison

Pursuant to Betty Ann Peltier Solano's letter about her brother,
let the Bureau of Prisons know that the public will hold them
accountable for the safety and wellbeing of Leonard Peltier.

Warden Ronnie R. Holt, Warden
U.S. Penitentiary
3057 Easton Turnpike
Waymart, PA 18472
Phone: 570-488-8000
Fax: 570-488-8130

D. Scott Dodrill, Director
Northeast Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
2nd & Chesnut Streets., 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-521-7301

Harley G. Lappin, Director
Bureau of Prisons
U.S. Department of Justice
320 First Street, NW, Room 654
Washington, DC 20534
Phone: 202-307-3250
Fax: 202-514-6878

Ask President Obama to investigate this incident:

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
Fax: 202-456-2461


Friday, January 02, 2009

Lorna Dee Cervantes On Cover to Cover, KPFA, 3 pm today

Tune in to KPFA (94.1) today, friday, Jan. 2 at 3 pm for "Cover to Cover." I'll be interviewed by Nina Serrano for the first "Open Book" "Poet to Poet" broadcast of the year. You can stream it here or go to I'll be reading a couple of brand new poems and being interviewed. It will probably be archived for a while, too, if you miss it.

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