Gerry Bull, Space Research
      Corporation,and Armscor of
      Pretoria, South Africa
      ca. 1972-80, (5th Version)


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A multidisciplinary
journal in the
arts and politics




     Paintings & Prints
     Poetry & Prose
     Virtual Facsimiles

Founding Editors:
Joe Brennan
Carlo Parcelli

Contributing Editors:
Bradford Haas
Rosalie Gancie
Cathy Muse
Mark Scroggins
Jim Angelo

Web Editors:
JR Foley
Rosalie Gancie
Nicole Foley

Thank God, I’m not a
                     country boy
   Who’s first taste of the
                     big city
Is from a window of the day room at Walter Reed.
   Passing through the gates On Georgia Avenue circa 1965
     To fight off the harpies of sentiment;
Rows of amputees set like headstones in the sun
     Honing their inner Arlington.
“The new holy trinity is organization, technology and information.
     The new priest the technocrat.”
And what better paradigm than
     The provincial mind of the Catholic
Stunted in its shadowy precincts of dogma.
     The wafer of knowledge sealed in the monstrance.
Even though “Moral distinctions
     Are not derived from reason,”
     The Jesuit was not at all too Humean,
Confusing dread with skepticism,
     Kierkegaard with Bayle.
Though “passions proceed not from good and evil
     Like the other affections,” Hume--- and Aristotle, reasoned away opportunity,
     Allowed anxiety its ideal object, And, not surprisingly, the priests avocation became photography. Hanoi Jane despised for her unattainable beauty
     Reserved for hippies, millionaires and gooks
     By those heroes of the mean For whom conscription was not enough
       Of an abject whipping.
     What dangers lie in wringing
     Reels of myth from mediocrity? “That reason constitutes a moral weapon,
     When in fact it is nothing more
     Than a disinterested administrative method.”
What political aspirations
     Scripted for McCain and Kerry
       In their servitude?
The Ho Chi Minh Trail doesn’t need to prove its veracity
     Against the paper trail of Phoenix,
Bean counting at MACV or
Dropping in on the Hanoi Hilton
     Without a reservation,
       Oh ye
Who evangelize the canard of reason.
     Lansdale told the Catholics that
The Virgin Mary had been seen redeploying to the South
     And the Seventh Fleet came and parted the waters.
So who you callin’ ignorant, Donny?
     I’m not the one shitting into a bag.
I’m not the bully pushing around the guy
     Who all damn day pushes him around.
I’m not the one waiting
     For my 10,000 ejaculations in
       Men’s mag purgatory.
Ignorant? Because I picked the lock on history,
     Looked passed the jibbering staff,
Gazed into another boy’s eyes,
     Took truth’s hot shrapnel
And seared the sentiment right the fuck out of me.
     Knew somewhere, somehow,
     That Tonkin was not my Lie.
       That My Lai
       Was my lie.

       -Carlo Parcelli

excerpt from:
Deconstructing the Demiurge:
De Rerum Natura
Hearing Voices

All essays, poetry, fiction, and artwork are copyrighted in the
names of the authors and artists,
to whom all rights revert.

Issue Index

Mark Lombardi Global Networks

BCCI-ICIC & FAB, 1972-91 (4th Version), 1996-2000
Whitney Museum of American Art

A Review by Carlo Parcelli



JR Foley

selections from a work in progress:
"The Too Many Deaths of Danny C."

Peter Dale Scott
Making History, Unfolding World

The Size of Earth:
a short simple poem to get us out of Iraq
for Laura & George W. Bush

William Blum

The Anti-Empire Report
Some things you need to know before the world ends
a selection 2005 - 2006


Essays:         March 21, 2005

                        September 5, 2005

                        February 14, 2006

                        April 22, 2006

                        May 21, 2006

Have You Thought of Leonard Peltier Lately?
two excerpts:

Leonard Peltier

Harvey Arden

Lewis & Clark, Manifest Destiny, and Native America
Selections from the writings of Robert J. Miller

    Lewis & CLark, The Doctrine
    of Discovery, and American Indians

    American Indians
    & The United States Constitution

    Indian Treaties as Sovereign Contracts

Joe Brennan

... Past relevance and emergence
a selection from a work in progress

Lord Byron

"An Ode to the Framers of the Frame Bill"

Phan Van Tri

The Mosquito

Carlo Parcelli : 2 reviews

   The Strength of the Wolf:
   The Secret History of America’s War On Drugs
   by Douglas Valentine

   Mark Lombardi: Global Networks
   by Robert Hobbs

Robert Starkey

The Tower Above Loutro

Eugenio Montale
Mottetti / Motets

translated by Alan Tucker


Mottetti / Motets

Ellen Cardona

Pound's Anti-Semitism at St. Elizabeths: 1945-1958

Craig Stormont

Charles Olson: The Political Ego Condemned

Grace Davis

"Our Heart's Gordian Knot"
The Writing of Mary de Rachewiltz

Charles Belbin

   Kenneth Rexroth:
   The San Francisco 100th Birthday Celebration

and The City of San Francisco
Resolution Declaring December 22, 2005
Kenneth Rexroth Day in San Francisco

Bradford Haas

   "The Whirligig" by Morris Cox:
   A 10,000 Word History of a Book
   No One Has Heard Of or Cares About


Morris Cox

a virtual facsimile

David Hickman

2nd Collage of The princess

7th Collage of The princess

JR Foley

a review:
Lance Olsen's Nietzsche's Kisses

Kent Johnson

The Corpse Lay Outside

3 X Kent Johnson


Ed Baker


Joe Ahearn

The Port Huron Statement

T.R. Wang & Charles Belbin

Couplet on the Wall of the Tea House
Near the Cave of the Thousand Buddhas,
Fobo Hill, Gui-lin

a translation

Charles Belbin


     [China, Taiwan, Washington D.C., Santa Cruz]

Carlo Parcelli

Deconstructing the Demiurge:
De Rerum Natura: Hearing Voices


      This issue of FlashPoint opens with a review of Robert Hobbs’ Mark Lombardi: Global Networks a monograph of the late Mark Lombardi’s ‘conspiracy art.’ Lombardi’s ‘Narrative Structures’ are unique for their literal and comprehensive expression of some of the grubbiest and most felonious episodes in American and international political/economic history.

Another individual who delved into the world of corporate and government conspiracy was the late Danny Casolaro. Casolaro began his researches looking into the infamous Ed Meese Justice Department Inslaw scandal but soon expanded his investigation to include many of the same events that intrigued Mr. Lombardi. Jack Foley is working on a play, "The Too Many Deaths of Danny C." based on Casolaro’s work and provides a glimpse into the final product.

Peter Dale Scott has authored and co-authored numerous books of poetry and as well as volumes on U.S. political history including Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, & The CIA In Central America with Jonathan Marshall. His long poem Coming to Jakarta chronicles his metamorphosis from diplomat to a radical critic of U.S. foreign policy. In FlashPoint #8 his poem A BALLAD OF DRUGS AND 9/11 touched upon many of the same themes found in both Mark Lombardi’s work and Danny Casolaro’s researches. In fact, Mr. Scott’s phone number was found among Mr. Casolaro’s effects after the latter’s alleged suicide. From this insider's perspective Mr. Scott gives us two new works.

When Osama bin Laden recommended William Blum’s book Rogue State: A Guide To The World's Only Superpower as must reading for all Americans if they were to understand the murderous history of U.S. foreign policy and how such policies led to 9/11, the mainstream American press went on the attack. But Bill, utterly steeped in his subject and eloquent in his responses, continues to gain adherents. He has also authored Killing Hope: U.S. Military Intervention Since World War II. In this issue of FlashPoint we reprise several of his Anti-Empire Newsletters as way of introduction to his remarkable knowledge and insights into the hypocrisy and brutality of U.S. foreign policy.

The U.S. government has tried to bury him in the penal system but Leonard Peltier remains one of America’s most visible political prisoners. Despite reams of exculpatory evidence the U.S. government is determined to keep Mr. Peltier behind bars. His incarceration is meant to serve as a warning to others that would seek redress of injustices that the government and its corporate handlers out of naked self-interest have no intention of rectifying. In this selection from Have you thought of Leonard Peltier lately? I'm Still Here Mr. Peltier speaks from his prison cell.

Harvey Arden has been Leonard Peltier’s champion and friend for many years. They have co-authored PRISON WRITINGS: MY LIFE IS MY SUN DANCE together. In Welcome to Leavenworth Harvey tells us of the first time he met Leonard and the bond that was formed there.

Bob Miller has written a remarkable new book, Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny, published by Praeger Publishers in 2006. Here we reprise several articles that provide background to researches into the legalist roots of the history of the abuse of treaty rights of Native American peoples: Lewis & CLark, The Doctrine of Discovery, and American Indians, American Indians & The United States Constitution, and Indian Treaties as Sovereign Contracts .

Joe Brennan gives us another piece of his monumental work in progress, ... Past relevance and emergence , a ‘long poem containing history’ that draws on many of the foreign policy issues above using Joe’s startling and highly original typographical/psychoanalytic Esperanto.

Lord Byron contributes a little known, spirited defense of the Luddites "An Ode to the Framers of the Frame Bill" and Vietnamese poet Phan Van Tri gives us his poem The Mosquito, his valentine to French colonial rule.

In keeping with the themes above Parcelli reviews Douglas Valentine’s history of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America’s War On Drugs. Mr. Valentine pays careful attention to the CIA’s role in the drug war. He’s also the author of The Phoenix Program, the best book yet written on the the subject.

Our peripatetic friend Bob Starkey gives us a tale of growth and illumination in his piece The Tower Above Loutro set on a Greek island.

After his brilliant and very popular piece on the neglected modernist poet Lynette Roberts which appeared in FlashPoint #8, Alan Tucker provides us with beautiful and eclectic translations of Motteti/Motets by Eugenio Montale.

In keeping with our modernist poetics core, Ellen Cardona presents us with Pound's Anti-Semitism at St. Elizabeths: 1945-1958, a study of Ezra Pound’s anti-Semitism based on documents found in the the correspondence housed at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC) at the University of Texas at Austin and in new material that was recently donated by Pound's son Omar to his and his father's alma mater, Hamilton College, in Clinton, New York, with some surprising results.

Craig Stormont in turn provides Charles Olson: The Political Ego Condemned, a piece based in part on original research. Mr. Stormont demonstrates that Olson put his money where his mouth was, working vigorously to preserve historic sites in Gloucester slated for development. Mr. Stormont’s research is original and calls into question a number of assumptions made about Olson’s activities & attitudes while residing in Gloucester.

Grace Davis gives us an affectionate overview of the poetry of Ezra Pound’s daughter Mary de Rachelwitz with "Our Heart's Gordian Knot": The Writing of Mary de Rachewiltz.

Charles Belbin reports on San Francisco's 100th Birthday Celebration for Kenneth Rexroth.

David Hickman, whose computer generated art pieces drew so many viewers in FlashPoint #8 gives us two poems: 2nd Collage of The princess and 7th Collage of The princess.

JR Foley reviews Lance Olsen's exuberant expedition into the dying brain of Friedrich Nietzsche, "Nietzsche’s Kisses".

We have several more poems from literary raconteur Kent Johnson The Corpse Lay Outside, 3 X Kent Johnson, and Theology , plus two manifestos, one literary and one political, Ed Baker's Manifesto #2230 and Joe Ahearn's The Port Huron Statement.

T.R. Wang & Charles Belbin have returned from another extended stay in China, and offer a translation of a "Couplet on the Wall" of a Tea House near the Cave of the Thousand Buddhas while Charles Belbin continues his explorations of the sensibility of the chinese lyric poem in his own work with Poems.

Finally, Carlo Parcelli, presents a valentine for the apocalypse with a shank from his latest poem Deconstructing the Demiurge: De Rerum Natura: Hearing Voices.

     Tell us what you think!

-- JR Foley & Carlo Parcelli