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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
SAY IT AIN'T SO JOE (TWICE)
Here' two items that crossed my web screen yesterday that seemed relevant to all the talk coming out of the Arizona tragedy (I could have included many more, like the fact that in Arizona, sales of the exact gun used rose dramatically after the event, but these two seem plenty enough):
1. Sarah Palin PAC staffer Rebecca Mansour, who has been tweeting in defense of her boss since the tragedy took place, is stating that the crosshairs were never intended to be gun sights.
"We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights," she said in an interview with talk radio host Tammy Bruce Saturday. "It was simply crosshairs like you'd see on maps." Bruce suggested that they could, in fact, be seen as "surveyor's symbols." Mansour added that "it never occurred to us that anybody would consider it violent" and called any attempts to politicize the Arizona tragedy "repulsive."
The suggestion that the symbols were related to guns seemed to come, however, from Palin herself. On March 23, Palin tweeted to her supporters a note about the aforementioned Facebook message, writing, "Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: 'Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!' Pls see my Facebook page." And as Politico's Jonathan Martin points out, in November Palin boasted about defeating 18 of the 20 members on her "bullseye" list."
2. The Columbia Free Timesreports that the words are being engraved on a series of lower receivers manufactured for popular AR-15 assault rifles. Lower receivers are one of the primary pieces of the firearms.
"Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new 'You Lie' AR-15 lower receiver," the weapon manufacturer's site writes in the product description. "Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!""
(I'm hoping the later is a hoax, but so far that doesn't seem the case.)
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April 6th I'm doing a very short poetry set (as part of my cousin Nick Ciavatta's 50th birthday bash) between bands (including his Sea of Otters and my favorite NYC music maker Sylvana Joyce and her band), 8PM, White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, tickets $12 advance, $15 at the door
April 25th publication party for my new book, ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY: Poems 1960 to 2017, introduction by Eileen Myles (Seven Stories Press) 7PM at Howl, 6 East 1st Street, NYC
On Weds. May 9th I'll be reading from my new book and Douglas Crase will be reading from his at The St. Mark's Poetry Project, 10th St. and Second Ave NYC
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ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY
THE VILLAGE SONNETS
IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE
IT'S NOT NOSTALGIA
2000 American Book Award winner
MARCH 18, 2003
WHAT YOU FIND THERE
CANT BE WRONG
1997 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award "for Excellence in Literature"
ROCKY DIES YELLOW
CATCH MY BREATH
recordings of my reading from some of the books above