With Occupy Now 3, Revisit Boog’s Occupy @ 1 Issue

Hi all,

With Occupy turning three, I thought I’d share our Occupy at one

issue, our biggest non-Portable Boog Reader issue ever. You can read

it at:



Your Friends at Boog City


Boog City 73


***Our Occupy at One Section***


—”‘One of my hopes,’ says Fagin, ‘is always that people will claim

their own authority and empower themselves to meet their own needs and

those of their communities.’” from “Stacking Up: Betsy Fagin on Occupy

and The People’s Library,” interview and introductory piece by

—Pictures from the Occupation, Images and Text by Lee Ranaldo

“Living down in lower Manhattan has been pretty wild for the last

decade, to say the least, with the occupation of Zuccotti Park/Liberty

Plaza last fall being only the latest happening of note. I spent a lot

of time in the park, brought my kids by to see this free-speech city

growing there (and later to also see it swept out by the powers that


—Essays from the panel discussion “Never-Ending Participation:

Activism and Occupy Wall Street” that took place in August at the 6th

annual Welcome to Boog City poetry and music festival. Featuring:

*”What exactly do we want to change? How are we actively envisioning a

different organizational system for humans that has less to do with

utopian musings (so as to avoid utopia’s critical failure to find its

referent in an actual existing reality).” from “Never-Ending

Participation: Activism and Occupy Wall Street” by Brenda Iijima

*”Activism by poets and artists abounds in our time within and without

aesthetic communities. And the poems, to my mind, are often more

substantial for this involvement.” from Can You Remain a Poet and Be

an Activist? by Thom Donovan

*”As this uncertainty is the very premise of any ethical practice—

aesthetic or political, cultural or social—it is also the very ground

of responsibility, not only to our histories but also to our present,

when and wherever that is.” from Occupation Everywhere: Poetry and

Politics by Tyrone Williams
**From our Occupy-themed Music section, edited by Jonathan Berger**

—”‘We played for hours and hours, so often I would throw in a theme;

some jazz here, some hip-hop there. Crowds would always go nuts when

they heard me throw in some of “Mas Que Nada,” by Sergio Mendes, or

“Rockit” by Herbie Hancock.’” from Brother to All: Brer Brian’s

Occupy by Berger

—”Despite the collective decisioning and the signs and the chants, all

fundamental aspects of my Occupation, The People Staged was, to me,

the creative heart of Occupy Wall Street.” from Occu-Folk: The

Soundtrack to the Movement by Tim Barker

**And Occupy-themed work from our Poetry section, edited by Buck Downs**

(excerpts below)

—David Buuck

Oakland, Calif.

From ‘Mayday Mayday’

A test of poetry:

To read this aloud

To sound it in the mouth

Which one does in the body

In the moment of its actioning

But not when reading

Not when scanning the screen feeds

Which is a different rhythm

In one’s body

An anxious sense of time

Moving too fast

To make tactical decisions

Appropriate to the conditions

—Eliot Katz

Hoboken, N.J.

Even a Poet Laureate

Doesn’t Deserve

to Get Beaten by the Police

As someone who doesn’t care much

about government awards or titles

given to artists, I still say a 70-year-old

former Poet Laureate of the United States

should have some extra layer of protection

from getting beaten with billy clubs

by a Berkeley police-riot squad.
***And Our Non-Occupy Content***

**from our Printed Matter section**

—” This is where how to survive begins. A rejected lover is a writer

whose narrator infuses every scene with a theme of love, of doom, of

pain.” from Wong Revives the Heroic Victim; how to survive a hotel

fire by Angela Veronica Wong (Coconut Books), reviewed by Abby Hagler

—”This is Gray’s great gift: electric she reaches out. Her poems are

tough and fragile and wrong and a conversation about making it right.”

from Stephanie Gray Matters; I Thought You Said it was Sound/How Does

that Sound by Stephanie Gray (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), reviewed

by Chris Martin

—”Walker’s soaring popularity prompted Time magazine to name him

‘Comedian of the Decade.’” from Jimmie Walker’s New Memoir Dyn-o-mite;

Dyn-o-mite: Good Times, Bad Times, Our Times-A Memoir by Jimmie Walker

with Sal Manna (Da Capo Press), reviewed by Risa Morley
**from our Small Press section, now edited by Kimberly Ann Southwick**

—”It’s fun taking a piece of scrap paper that would otherwise go into

the recycle bin and having a dozen ideas pop into my head. This could

be a gift tag! A greeting card! A bookmark! It fits into our aesthetic

in a sense that I try and use as much repurposed material as

possible.” from “Ghost Writers: Exploring Greying Ghost Press” by

Southwick (plus complete Greying Ghost Press bibliography)
**And more from our Poetry section**

(excerpts below)

—Lynn Behrendt

Red Hook, N.Y.

I Saw a Shirt

I saw a shirt that said

Got nukes? Cuba does

Mega Geek

Sons of Comisky

Happy New Yr

We survived

Rosemary is my homegirl

I’m proud to be white

“I love New York” in Arabic

High heels, high hopes

Love all; trust few


Christina sucks

Just Kiss Me as she leaves

sunset Plaza in Los Angeles
—Stephanie Gray

Flushing, Queens

You know that kind of thing

You know it was a whatever we’re gonna do kind of thing

You know it was a get here whenever you can kind of thing

You know it’s really just a whoever knows whoever kind of thing

You know honestly it’s just like a say what you want kind of thing

Actually to tell you the truth, it’s really just whoever can get it

done first kind of thing

You know it’s really just a just for today kind of thing

You know it’s really like she don’t really care kind of thing

You know, to be really honest with you it’s a she just really likes

her kind of thing

You know frankly it’s a this is what we’re just gonna do kind of thing
—Wil Hallgren

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

From ‘Where Three Roads Meet’

The horse’s breath freezes

the links of the bridle,

and the stirrups touch snow,

on a windswept knoll

a single flowering plum.
—Radomir Luza

North Hollywood, Calif.


I spent five days

And six nights

In your dog pound


The police state

That is Times Square

The somber jamboree

Of the 9/11 memorial

The cold harbor

Of St. Patrick’s Cathedral

I understand Gotham
—Dan Raphael

Portland, Ore.

Suddenly Mountain Night

breathing like an internal sculptor or a baker using flour from

several continents

with varied social norms, introducing whats introduced.

no one can talk the eggs into opening, maybe because they have no limbs,

because their geometry encloses their universe, fasts meant to be


don’t fill the tank before you climb the mountain,

stirred by wind, yeasted by wind,
—V.K. Sreeelesh

Thelassery, Kerala, India

Milking hills

When I was a kid

Hills trickled their milk

Down the channels, that

Froth with a “shoo”
**And thanks to Tim Barker, Brer Brian, Thom Donovan, www.onthewilderside.com

, K. Spivey, Aimee Thorne, and Dina Von Zweck, for their photos.


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Email subs to Buck Downs, poetry editor, to poetry@boogcity.com, with

no more than five poems, all in one attached file with “My Name

Submission” in the subject line and as the name of the file, ie: Walt

Whitman Submission.

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