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Poems by Joanne Kyger

The Insurgents

Surging in     like sea waves do
              Not a revolution    not belligerency

But an uprising    rising up
                            Of focused nameless opposition

                                                Keeps you very busy
                          Farewell I must leave, bye-bye

"The insurgency is sophisticated
             and stronger than anticipated...

                      "My name is Isis" says a small child
                                "and that means Egyptian Goddess"

"No it means stupid dirty little girl"
       says the California Secretary of Education

           Constantly create the enemy
                Constantly create the war
                     "I'm a war president, I'm a war president"

Belligerent naked lady stalks
      Completely without leaves

                 On a cliff above the high tide surging
                          In a huge gathering flow

                                Can you beat THIS into submission?

July 20, 2004


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Joanne Kyger reading
"The Insurgents"
in Willits, California
August 19, 2005


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