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wSaturday, November 06, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Festival

Slouching to Baghdad
a beast is born again
by bombings
planes assaulting, cars exploding
death celebrating its apotheosis
while a headless horseman rides down Babbitt's Main Street shouting
in sounds of silence
the Gays are coming
the Gays are coming.

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Day 321 -- Needle Countdown -- Zero. I put the point into my thigh for the last time and I have four more pill days to go. My sculpture is complete! I have been sticking the used needles into a Styrofoam head. I've been shooting up on Interferon for eleven months, all the needles minus two are stuck in the head and the bust is hideous with suffering. A work of original art that tells my chemo tale better than words.

We saw The Holy Land, a completely offbeat Israeli movie about an ultra Orthodox rabbinical student who masturbates in his parents bathroom and reads Hesse. His rabbi, quoting from appropriate Talmud sources, suggests that he take sometime off from his Torah studies and hangout with prostitutes. He'll get sex out of his system and then return to more sacred pursuits. Instead he falls in love with a hooker from the Ukraine and hangs out in a Jerusalem bar frequented by a Dylan loving Arab, American expatriate hippies, an insane Jewish fanatic who can't let go of his machine gun and all sorts of characters who you don't expect to be friends or even live in Israel. But don't think all that great dope and music can make political and religious hatred and wars go away. Israel is one of the most physically beautiful places on earth and The Holy Land's camera demonstrates this in a perfect and pleasing way.


posted by stew at 9:17 AM


wFriday, November 05, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Memory

Democrats reviving their spirits,
it was 9/11 that made the lousy difference
eventually it will fade
you can't remember the Alamo forever,
reason will rise again
except of course
if Al Q stages a second collision
against American architecture
another flaming tower,

and sanity is
a ruined outlaw.

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Day 320 ---- Needle Countdown --I take the last Interferon injection tonight and I also have five more pill days to go. When I wake up Wednesday morning, my Hep C chemotherapy is over. I'm feeling weak in my hands this morning and droping things and my legs have been weak for months --it probably from the Anemia. This too shall pass.

We saw Another Stakeout, a cop comedy, staring Richard Dreyfuss, where most everything goes wrong in a mildly funny slapstick way. Two cops and a female DA are trying to locate the whereabouts of a missing witness in a big Federal trial and so is the mob. And one of the cops is trying to resolve some "issues" with his girlfriend. The film teaches us that men should be more sensitive to their feelings and that no one can trust the government because it might be in league with muderers. Another Stakout offers nice shots of Vancouuver BC's Gulf Islands and some cute full face shots of likable dogs.


posted by stew at 9:12 AM


wThursday, November 04, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Christians amuck

Imagine picking the ruler
of world hyper powerhood
on the basis
of opposing gays getting married
and cutting taxes for the rich.

Zack is a happy dumbfuck this morning
the Bush bill collector hasn't come around
yet
but he did chip in on brother Zeke's Baghdad armor
cause no protection is too fancy for a Christian
and it wasn't provided
by no welfare state either.

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Day 319 ---- Six days of chemo to go. I guess the chemo resents its impending conclusion and has decided to give me a very hard time in its final days. All side effects are flaring but protest as it will, I take my last Interferon needle injection tomorrow night and the pills conclude next Tuesday night. It's strange to feel angry at a treatment aimed at possibly saving your life but this one is so mean.

We saw Toys starring Robin Williams. A General, still angry over losing in Vietnam, inherits his pacifist brother's toy company and turns it into a weapons factory. His nephew and niece fight back against the betrayal of their father's legacy. A toy war ensues. The film is fantastic to look at. The toy factory itself resembles a surrealistic art deco toy. The costume bits are funny and there's even a little Fritz Lang and Magritte thrown in for fun. A good film to see at the beginning of the Bush sequel, the General certainly does resemble its true cultural values.


posted by stew at 9:21 AM


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My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Christians amuck

Imagine picking the ruler
of world hyper powerhood
on the basis
of opposing gays getting married
and cutting taxes for the rich.

Zack is a happy dumbfuck this morning
the Bush bill collector hasn't come around
yet
but he did chip in on brother Zeke's Baghdad armor
cause no protection is too fancy for a Christian
and it wasn't provided
by no welfare state either.

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Day 319 ---- Six days of chemo to go. I guess the chemo resents its impending conclusion and has decided to give me a very hard time in its final days. All side effects are flaring but protest as it will, I take my last Interferon needle injection tomorrow night and the pills conclude next Tuesday night. It's strange to feel angry at a treatment aimed at possibly saving your life but this one is so mean.

We saw Toys starring Robin Williams. A General, still angry over losing in Vietnam, inherits his pacifist brother's toy company and turns it into a weapons factory. His nephew and niece fight back against the betrayal of their father's legacy. A toy war ensues. The film is fantastic to look at. The toy factory itself resembles a surrealistic art deco toy. The costume bits are funny and there's even a little Fritz Lang and Magritte thrown in for fun. A good film to see at the beginning of the Bush sequel, the General certainly does resemble its true cultural values.


posted by stew at 9:21 AM


wWednesday, November 03, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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A Morning After

Hard to write poems
when the anti-poem
proclaims total victory.

Even my Muse feels like using her fists.

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Day 318 ---- I have seven days to go on Hep C chemo. I felt feverish again last night and very low energy. Of course the election results were tortuous and harder to take than usual because of my chemical vulnerabilities.

Because we were following the election results we didn't watch a movie. At one point, just to get away from things, I tried watching a documentary "Stalin Man Of Steel" but there was just too much killing, so we returned to the election coverage.


posted by stew at 11:21 AM


wTuesday, November 02, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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Vote

Today is for all the marbles
do we still have them?

Millions of ignorant assholes
who believe Jesus guides their addled brain
are trudging off to the cross
to cast their first stone
for Bush.

Millions more are marching for something sane
they know how much they were screwed
these four years of high minded
thievery, thuggery and murder
they have come out to oppose
the Crawford pretender,
the Little King of lies.

Up the street come the morons
down the street come the reasonable,
after major collision
votes will be counted,
presumably.

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Day 317 -- I have eight days of chemo to go. Eight days a week! I was very feverish fluish last night. Peter C is in town as a legal adviser to those who would keep the elections free.
Interesting article in today's Times about how Alzheimer's
distorts the emotions and personality of its victims. So does the chemo treatment for Hep C. Besides obvious differences (the chemo treatment only feels like a disease) the key difference in the situations is that as much as my emotions are harshly distorted, I remember that they are false and I am not overwhelmed by them. The Alzheimer sufferer forgets he or she isn't that mixture of chemical madness.

We saw The Collectors. Two mob hitmen from New Orleans breeze into New York City as debt collectors, and if necessary killers, for a major mob boss. The plot unfolds via daily vignettes of accomplishment and frustration and the killers are surprisingly likable. There are many surprising plot twists, comic moments and great gun battles. You'll never guess how it all winds up.


posted by stew at 8:11 AM


wMonday, November 01, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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By Election


Big election news!
The Tupamaros just won
in Uruguay.
Back in the 60s
they were a mighty state of seige
the unconquerable guerilla's guerilla
then it seemed they were defeated
and disappeared
like the rest of us
but yesterday they won a free election
sort of like
if the Weathermen's old leadership
was swept into the White House
a miracle of justice and irony
another new ID to be memorized
but tomorrow
they won't be on the ballot.

Remember it's still anybody but Bush
but don't forget about the Tups.

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Day 316 ---- Just nine chemo days to go. I'm still feeling absolutely worn out from the Hep C treatment but the thought that this is almost over keeps me going and my mood is mostly good. Its sort of like having an incurable illness for a year and then one day waking up healthy. It's weird but it would be wonderful. Madame Gumbo did a Tarot reading for me yesterday. There was I think a big emphasis on the post treatment return and challenge of strong emotions. A valuable reading indeed.

We saw Searching For Paradise. Gilda has recently graduated from college and is somewhat dazed and confused. She is living home helping her mother take care of her dying father. The handsome, surprisingly healthy looking Italian passes on and his daughter discovers that he once had a major affair. Disillusioned, Gilda goes looking for integrity by living with her grandparents and fails to find it. She then pursues a movie star that she has long adored. The film works because the characters come across as real, if they aren't entirely likable. The searching young woman is just a bit too much like a bratty high school kid, to be completely sympathetic.


posted by stew at 8:25 AM


wSunday, October 31, 2004


My central website is http://hometown.aol.com/stewa/stew.htmlFor information on Stew Albert's new book --"Who The Hell Is Stew Albert?" go to http://www.redhen.org/stewalbert.htm or Amazon.com. If you want a signed copy get in touch with me at stewa@aol.com
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My Friend

Must be because it's almost over
the chemotherapy
the election,
I was able to enjoy the bouncing bustle
of Peets coffeehouse.

Bush and Interferon
were always a tough tag team
bashing my brains
with lightening combinations
of pain and drain.

It will be ending soon,
my friend
the end.

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Day 315 --Needle Countdown just one to go. I mostly took it easy but in the more or less sunny afternoon we went looking for a book and some bags of coffee. Marty Z came over for an evening visit - E is in Florida helping to monitor and write about the elections. I had a strange long coughing spell and I was also feeling a little dizzy for a time. It's probably due to the Anemia causing less oxygen to get to my brain.

Because of the Marty visit, we didn't watch a movie last night. We did see Saturday Night Live which did a pretty funny take off on the current "kinder gentler" bin Laden tape.


posted by stew at 10:04 AM