Short & tall:
I dig for my death
in this thousand-watt dungheap.
There isn't even enough clean air.
To die in.
O blood-bearded destroyer!
— Kenneth Patchen, excerpt, Irkalla's White Caves
AUGUST 10 -- JORGE AMADO
Brazilian people's novelist. One-time communist.
Canada: PRISON JUSTICE DAY.
1680 -- Pueblo Revolt. Pope (San Juan tribe)
attacks New Mexican capital of Santa Fe.
After more than a decade of preparation, pueblo
Amerindians all over the Spanish colony of Neuvo
Mexico rise in revolt, drive out the Spaniards, kill
21 missionary priests, & burn Santa Fe. They are
assisted by mestizo workers from the barrio of
Analco & succeed in liberating the territory from
foreign rule for 12 years.
1877 -- US Army troops under a Colonel Gibbon attack
a sleeping Nez Perce encampment at Big Hole, Idaho,
killing over 50 women & children. The "American" way.
1878 -- Alfred Döblin lives. German Expressionist novelist
& essayist whose best-known work is Berlin Alexanderplatz.
1893 -- US: Chinese are deported from San Francisco
under the Exclusion Act.
1905 -- US: New-York Tribune reports that a strike at
Federman's bakery on the Lower East Side led to violence
when Federman used scab labor to keep producing, &,
"Policemen smashed heads left & right with their nightsticks after
two of their number had been roughly dealt with by the mob..."
The city has become a battlefield in the sweatshops & elsewhere.
Poet Edwin Markham wrote in Cosmopolitan magazine
"In unaired rooms, mothers & fathers sew by day & by night.
Those in the home sweatshop must work cheaper than those in the
factory sweatshops... & the children are called in from play to drive
& drudge beside their elders....
Is it not a cruel civilization that allows little hearts & little
shoulders to strain under these grown-up responsibilities,
while in the same city, a pet cur is jeweled & pampered &
aired on a fine lady's velvet lap on the beautiful boulevards?"
See Howard Zinn, The Twentieth Century:
A People's History, pp35-36
1912 -- People's author Jorge Amado lives (-2001), Brazil.
Amado invents a captain who scares off solitude....
The captain has never left Brazil, nor set foot on any kind of boat,
because the sea makes him sick. He sits in the living room of his
house & the house sails off, drifting farther than Marco Polo or
Columbus or astronauts ever dreamed.
— Eduardo Galeano
1914 -- Australian syndicalist Industrial Workers of the World
(Wobblies) greets the outbreak of war with a front page special:
"War is hell!
Send the Capitalists to hell & wars are
If the politicians of Australia want war, let
them take their own carcasses to the front line
... if they want blood,
LET THEM CUT THEIR OWN THROATS"
1923 -- US: Carlo Tresca, Italian-American anarchist,
The charge was that he had printed an article,
three months before, attacking the Italian monarchy
& the the Fascists.
No such crime, of course, is known to American law,
but Tresca was nevertheless arrested.
"So far, indeed, but eight persons in all the United States
have gone to Tresca's aid. Four are Italian-American
politicians. One is a Liberal pastor. Two are old &
battle-scarred libertarians, already marked with the
scars of a hundred defeats. The eighth is La Sanger, the
birth control agitator, herself an experienced goat of the
New Jurisprudence. No one else will take any interest
in the case."
1935 -- US: Mike Quill & four other union men beaten
up by company thugs & then arrested for assault.
1948 -- Emmy Hennings dies, Sorengo-Lugano, Italy.
Writer/performer associated with the Dada movement.
1968 -- Eight GIs killed by US strafing error in Vietnam.
things can get terribly
confused in the
— Gen. William C. Westmoreland
1975 -- Canada: Prison Justice Day (PJD) originates in
Millhaven penitentiary today when prisoners there
commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Eddie Nalon,
who committed suicide while in solitary confinement.
1981 -- US: Wee-Wee?: Limited public response results in the closing
of the Nixon museum. Says manager Peter Mitchell, "If nothing else,
it's been a good stopping point for people to use the restrooms between
LA & San Diego."
2002 -- "Seaturtles" — a performance-work by Séamas Cain —
performed at dawn by Mary Roe O'Neill at the sea-level megalith
of Creevykeel in County Sligo, Ireland. Mary Roe O'Neill spoke
the words of the script. Then — ritually, throughout Creevykeel
— she guides the audience in a hunt for seaturtles!
2011 -- Philip Levine appointed US Poet Laureate. Gave up his anarchist
principles, he declared with disappointment some years ago, when he
bought a little house up on the hill.
2012 -- Larry McMurtry auctions off the bulk of his used bookstore in Archer
City, Texass. 'The Last Book Sale' for Booked Up Books.
In your hands, the cities, in my world, the marching
Of nobler feet than walk down a road
Deep with the corpses of every sane & beautiful thing.
— Kenneth Patchen, excerpt
HAVE YOU KILLED FOR YOUR MAN TODAY?
— anti-NoblerFeet 2013 or thereabouts