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DISCANTUS w/ Codex Las Huelgas

"As the other side of thin air.
Pure. Immense. No longer habitable.”

Detroit’s motto: “Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus/We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes”

SOMETIMES, writing graphic sounpoems is for me like keeping an emotional record or transcendental-style journal of daily events upon the world stage. “THINK OF LOVE (as something powerful)” — a quote from dr. King — is a response to mark the tragedy of a great American city described recently in a report I heard on Swiss Public Radio, and then, in an amazing documentary, “DETROPIA.” Detroit a place I know well. (I grew up in Toledo, Ohio, about an hour away by car.) The distance naturally created via German in both space and time makes the report seem all the more incredible, all the more surreal … And yet, instead of a neo-con-style bankruptcy, all that is needed to help Detroit rise out the ashes is a…… .

CARBON TAX recycled into a
but three guarantees:
1) Guaranteed access to GRID
2) Guaranteed PRICE
3) Guaranteed unlimited PRODUCTION.

And yet we have a president playing golf in Israel, all the while planning the next STUXNET cyper-attack, or worse.

Well, turn up “PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC WHITE BOY” & “I FEEL GOOD!” Yes, the Motorcity & Motown of Renewables & Solar Energy!

THINK OF LOVE (as something powerful), an improvised graphic soundpoem
w/ both Western & Eastern Meadowlarks (The Western Meadowlark sings in the Sagebrush Steppe in Oregon where the piece was composed/The Eastern Meadowlark sings in the native Tallgrass prairie meadows near Detroit). To see the visual score of how it is written down, go to my website at

Here’s the German Radio SRFII program I referred to:

LISTEN: #German Apocalypse Porn? The view from #CH Detroit: Tief in der Krise ‘Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus’

[We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes]

#EcologicalFootprint CONTRA NATURAM/Footprint? pdf 19.VIII.14WATCHING: via @EndOvershoot "What is Ecological Overshoot?" w/ discoverer, Mathis Wackernagel  A measure of imbalance

#EcologicalFootprint CONTRA NATURAM/Footprint? pdf 19.VIII.14

WATCHING: via "What is Ecological Overshoot?" w/ discoverer, Mathis Wackernagel A measure of imbalance


LISTENING: via Maria Gilardin w/ NASA glaciologist Eric Rignot on dramatic W. Antarctic ice melt mp3 [20Mb]

A new study by Professor Eric Rignot and researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, presented in May, 2014, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline.

The Amundsen Sea Embayment with its five glaciers is one of the hardest to reach areas of West Antarctica. The advent of over-flights by airplanes and now observation from satellites was a game changer for research, says Professor Rignot.

This is an interview about the current technology of observation, and the way in which results on glacier thickness, movement, temperature, and contact line with warming ocean waters are mapped. Professor Rignot is among the leaders in the new field of  remote sensing technologies. He pioneered advances in radar interferometry." [„,]

An adagio meditation, on the spirit of
a WOOD FLUTE’S sound …

Recorded in the Eagle Cap Wilderness,
w/ a stream-side Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius)—
I call them Spirit Thrushes, because I almost
never see, but go running after their sound
as soon as they return to the high country in May.
Their song is a kind of ethereal frequency modulation
of two mistuned unison tones, occurring in cyclical,
regular way, but w/ a signature SOUND to SILENCE
ratio of about 1 to 8.

text of poem, w/ photo is at

MONEY AS MOVEMENT pdf SET of 100 pdf [24Mb]

MONEY AS MOVEMENT pdf SET of 100 pdf [24Mb]



RUNNING JUST 3:33’, these are five “sayings in prose” from my 100 MINIATURES Project. If you’re interested in this way of bring Poetry and Philosophy [and photography] together, go to the slideshow of POSTER PRINTS at

PHOTO: Metolius Water, Central Cascades, Oregon

#foto Sentinel Whitebark, Aneroid Lake, the Wallowas #OR 2300 m [Living branches on otherwise dead trunks associated w/ living roots]

#foto Sentinel Whitebark, Aneroid Lake, the Wallowas #OR 2300 m [Living branches on otherwise dead trunks associated w/ living roots]

THE WAY I see it, there are many rooms, chambers, halls, gardens, and even perhaps unknown hidden places, in what I think of as the Palace of Poetry. They all have their own distinct quality of light, of rhythm, of energy, of the movement of sense and sound. THIS, is the visionary room, with a rather surreal, wild, sempre-forte, fat-tire bike ride with a friend sitting crosswise on the cargo carrier through the crowded streets of AMSTERDAM BY NIGHT. All the great Transcendentalist are there, all of North America’s brightest spiritual lights. They even manage to run populist neo-con proto-fascist, Wim Wilders, out of town. Ah, Amsterdam, there’s no place like it! The musical coda was recorded in an old church-movie theater in AMSTERDAM, with the ASKO Ensemble playing “Nightwind,” a part of a piece of mine called PHAROS.

The text of AMSTERDAM BY NIGHT is at: