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Debra Marquart’s new book of poems ‘Small Buried Things’ protests the ills of the oil and gas industry with unflinching heart

“Because there are so many changes happening, it’s important for artists to be in the state and working on observing and trying to tell the story of the change that’s occurring,” Marquart said. “It’s our job to envision and imagine and reimagine things,” Marquart said. “I think artists not only observe what’s going on right now, but they can create pathways to futures that people haven’t imagined yet. I think that’s the value artists have in a society.”

-https://www.mnstate.edu/magazine/spring2015/before-the-drilling/

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a prayer

ice running to the sea
walk up to the house
a leaf
yard

hear an organ symphony
my baby singing
tonight when the sun goes down

this morning the sun lit
our faces in bed
god at the tops of trees

please bless all these ones
standing beside me 
i’m nothing without
them

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living in balance amidst darkness

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  • Feed self with inspiration as many hours of the day as possible: listen to music, read, view art, study Walt Whitman, Joy Harjo & other poets
  • Eat nutritious foods, drink water, exercise outdoors, sleep
  • Have hobbies and projects; create art, music, and verses
  • Volunteer & give back to the community
  • Recognize that other people love you and act like they do
  • Take care of self to take care of others: the suffering of self inflicts harm on others, the suffering of others inflicts harm on self—there is no separation, and love is all that matters in the grand scheme of existence
  • When able, put your own oxygen mask on before trying to save others
  • Get out of your head; help someone else
  • Nurture plants, animals, air and water
  • Comfort self
  • Be good to your lover, friends, family, co-workers, and everyone you meet, we are all journeying a hard road together
  • Ask for help from others when needed
  • Practice mindfulness.  Be present.  Focus on the moment and your breath
  • Spend time with friends in laughter
  • Stay connected with family
  • Take care of spiritual health through prayer, meditation, offerings, ceremony, kindness, singing, dancing, chanting & praise; remember the divine exists within you
  • Pay attention to hints from your dreams & trust your intuition—the soul’s language
  • Do not harbor negative energy.  Negative attracts negative; positive attracts positive
  • Use the power of positive intention.  Focus on your dreams and they will come true
  • Self-belief is a key to success.  Don’t let doubts cloud the way.  Act like a champion
  • Remember your ancestors are always with you & pay respect to your roots by thanking them
  • Be proud of self and embrace your originality & identity
  • Do your best work when approaching any task; it will come back to you
  • Live in the heart as much as possible: be gentle, respectful, gracious and loving in all deeds
  • Listen to people, and listen to the earth
  • Forgive yourself and others easily.  Give self and others the benefit of the doubt

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night in baghdad, laurie anderson

we think this is a great poem for how it parallels calm eloquence with chilling insanity of war.  cascading the sacredness of life thru art is one of the best ways to oppose the life-robbing horror of war

anderson speaks images of beauty, such as fireflies on a summer night, in irony, because what is really going on is bombs thru the air

she says, “it was so beautiful,” in a swallowed way, like someone gasping for air in baghdad

“i wish i could describe this to you better but i can’t talk very well because i’ve got this damned gas mask on”

in addressing california from baghdad, anderson juxtaposes americans in the safety of the sun against people being gassed in the name of us wars

eerie middle eastern beats give a hauntingness to the song, layered with ethereal water and heartbeat sounds: the sacredness of ancient culture and life undertoned by the landscape of murder welling up.  this dissonance is the truth of modernness.  so many of us go about our lives distracted by the fireworks and christmas tree lights, forgetting that other people are seeing explosions in the sky, wearing gas masks, and being maimed raped and murdered so that the west can have all the comforts oil brings

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everyone blooms

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come along come along the war is over

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sun ra – nuclear war

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