Friday, February 12, 2016

Le Métro Bleue


To retaliate and show off
I freaked out on the Metro
A private affair for public view
The bouncing blue wheels of rubber
Utter utter and demand attention
I show attention to other distractions
Metro fare paid attention to details
If one wants to dance
If one wants to sing
If one wants to laugh
To space to zone to disconnect
The black grills hang in four
From the ceiling constantly blowing air
Four seasons in a lost spin
Spinning micro generators
From the rectangular cable
Lost in Dead Prez
Maintaining the ethos of Bauhaus
Looking for glimpses of Pixies
With the beat of James Brown
The funky chords of O’Jays ignoring Blue Jays
Never missing Préfontaine
On the way home or
On to another adventure of randomness
Nothing is beautiful
Nothing is ugly
Everything is how it is
Why that is the case
Is not an important lawsuit
To petition the court
-Der Kosmonaut
Montreal, Quebec Canada
Spring 2001 

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Notes On Contemporary Racism In Sweden and Europe


By Der Kosmonaut
9 February 2016
Ottawa, Canada

  The other week more than one hundred fascists went on a rampage in downtown Stockholm attacking refugee children and anyone that didn't look white. Sweden, like most of Europe, is segregated. On one hand, the European countries have never been serious about integrating immigrants since they were for the most part brought in as cheap labor to suppress the wages of the natives. Sweden has or had, fairly high wages for the Western world. The ruling class decided to reduce labor costs by bringing in immigrant workers. In 2004 a former UK cabinet minister from the 1970s admitted this on national TV. Pakistanis were deliberately brought to the North of England to undermine the wages of English workers in the factories and mines.

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Monday, February 08, 2016

A Letter From Munich


The following is a letter sent by a reader of Adventures of Der Kosmonaut from Munich, Germany. The author is a middle aged German woman who has a mixed race daughter named M. The author has lived in Germany, the United States and Australia. It has been edited for privacy reasons.
-Der Kosmonaut

I have made it back to Germany with the few dollars I got back from the tax department. I tried to get away from the frustration of not getting a job and not having a home in Australia and most of all no perspective for a better future. I was living in a van for close to 3 years and since there was no change to my situation I decided to try again from scratch in Germany. I am still not sure whether that was a good decision. The reverse cultural shock hit both of us, M and  me badly. The country and its people seem to having gone backwards. They feel ice-cold, racial and without heart. An endless list of regulations and human robots obeying and enforcing them without any common sense. Most people live a life of abundance since a long time and do not make an attempt to understand any other life circumstances,  how it feels and what struggle it is to survive without a place to stay and without work. Empty people without experience of hardship.

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

My Cultural Background As An Artist From New York

  
By Der Kosmonaut 
  All artists are shaped by the cultural and social landscape that they were born and raised in. As a native New Yorker born in the early 1970s, I am the product of a distinct cultural and social upbringing which has influenced my worldview as an artist. While it's impossible to say whether or not I would've been an artist had I been reared outside of New York during the 1970s and 80s, but it's certain that the type of artist that I am was influenced by the social and cultural landscape of New York City three and four decades ago. In my poem I Remember New York, which was written in 2002 in Montreal, I recall many of the cultural institutions which have long been extinct. In the multi-media production of The Fall of New York, I attempted to explain how the city was until the advent of Rudy Giuliani, who Americanized New York City. In this multimedia essay, I will use television from that era to illustrate more concretely the social and cultural environment.

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Saturday, February 06, 2016

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Friday, February 05, 2016

How I Became A Radical In Opposition To Authority-Part Four


This is the conclusion of this series. Click for Part One, Part Two, Part Three

By Der Kosmonaut

  While I was battling my Boston University roommates, Poetry decided to enter my life. My travels transformed from sightseeing, which I had done traveling with my grandmother as a minor, to sociological fieldwork. The big difference that I noticed between Boston and New York was advertising. On my periodic returns to New York, I would compare and contrast the ads placed on the respective subway systems. At the time Kenmore Square was Boston's equivalent to New York's Times Square. Indeed, Kenmore Square was the only twenty-four hour public space in all of New England. Like Times Square, Kenmore Square was clustered with massive billboards. Unlike Times Square, the latter didn't have neon signs. Still, I noticed that advertising conveyed the same messages of deception to keep the masses within the spiritual orbit of capitalism and to create artificial desires to consume. I penned the early drafts of my very first poem Posters and Bulletins.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

How I Became A Radical In Opposition To Authority-Part Three

  

This is part three. Click for Part One and Part Two
By Der Kosmonaut 
  At BU the racial and class tensions between me and my colleagues became quite acute. I came from an Upper Middle Class background and had for the most part been in racially integrated settings. I used to socialize with children of the wealthy. When I was teenager, I used to go on week long camping trips with the elite children of the Northeastern United States. The tensions were more mundane. I was from the city. The others were from the affluent suburbs of New York and Philadelphia. They hailed from all white insular suburbs and were preppies. Still, I got on with all of them quite well and had managed to develop good friendships. 

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