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stories thick with baroque imagery and intense color
series of classical government interventions and fuckups. ask the
people who used to live in Alton, IL.
Wilson, a fourth generation shrimpboater who lives in Seadrift Texas
on the Gulf of Mexico
friends Evan and Dave have been living on the Mississippi for a few
years now on a boat that they built themselves.
I can imagine things becoming suitably dark, river red in tooth and
claw, that sort of thing.
beautiful women dressed in yellow dancing for the river goddess Oshun
you seen the book Deaf Maggie Lee Sayer?
go through the tunnels and drainages of the Twin Cities. You get plenty
of interesting sights exploring the sewers that empty into the Mississippi
as you see, this River was nearly my last resting place, and I hold
it near and dear. I've since wondered how far my body would have gotten
since I was downriver from Locked and Damned No. 15.
all else fails, claim the Mississippi River in the name of Espana.
other words as Joyce incorporated the Liffey landscape as both a somatography
and a mapping of a postnational Irish organic identity, perhaps a
similar angle on the Mississippi Mud Mother could incorporate approaches
to alternate mappings of American history and identity.
mother's father, who left when she was seven, was from Biloxi. He
was a terror to his family, better off gone, a merchant marine swept
away by water.
in 2000, my friend Jerry Schumm paddled the whole river from Minnesota
to the Gulf.
waiting many years to become a mother, my son was born aug. 7 in guatemala
city. we named him kai river. "kai" from the gary snyder
poem "the bath" and "river" because we have lived
in wisconsin our entire lives and are deeply moved by the milwaukee
and mississippi rivers.
bunch of kids hold a drum circle on the river every Thursday
you do your Mississippi thing you should take a look at the "culture"
of the Hansen's Disease facility at Carville.
this dark mythical force, a primal thing rearing its head. I think
my book should be added to the pile of American artworks ruminating
on river sludge.
up of the river gods and goddesses in artistic, ecological, social
expression via an event, or series of events
you be open to filming me giving enemas to the effigies of George
W. Bush and Laura Bush with Mississippi river water?
idea of the Missi river would be to have a bunch of different races
(males) ejajulate in it and then downstream have naked women in the
the local landscape with death.
are the living earth, bleeding in chemicals and floating to the New
Jerusalem. You are a catfish underwater, singing with Muddy Waters:
"If whiskey were a river, and I were a divin' duck, I'd dive
down to the bottom, an' I'd never come up."
is slow but steady--from city girl
to river woman
tossed my bottle in as far as I could and watched it wash right back
up on shore at my feet.
bands involved have strong roots in Davenport IA
decided that if I could find the Mississippi River's Pussy I could
work out a deal with Fleetwhite that after he marries his Drunken
Tourists, instead of a goddamn Carriage Ride in the Old Square we'd
say, Hey! That there's the Mississippi River.
would hope and expect that you could help create something that is
utterly frivolous, yet sacred in its way. The river (and ocean) was
the ORIGINAL media... newsbearer... the original monitor that glowed
in the light... and changed with every moment... Protean...
thought of having a lufa farm and planting a swamp garden on the batture
of the river. That was before the river took away the bather, and
the land was sold to pay my mother's gambling debts.
would express the suffering of the river itself (water, fish, plants,
microorganisms...) and its yearning and hope for purification.
Taylors story, In the Miro District, features a crusty old confederate
veteran hiding from murderous Klansmen in a bog and hallucinating
all kinds of beasts rising from the mud of the Mississippi during
the tremors of 1812.
a lot of red food dye into the Mississippi, so it looks like a river
of blood, and stick a sign on its bank that reads "Tigris and/or
cursed island reappears periodically on Mississippi river! Otherwise
it is invisible!
forget to look into some of the corruption with the Army Corps of
Engineers and the lock and dam projects up and down the river.
did an art installation that largely focused on the river. The main
part of the installation was a 200'+ inflatable "intestine,"
made entirely of plastic bags taped together.
husband is an Isle of Capri casino guy, who visits the locales all
up and down the river.
Webster, in the introduction to one of his dictionaries, compared
American English to the Mississippi.
great sperm bent
on sirin liberty
conceive a new nation
have been working on a photoessay on the river, for which I've traveled
from Pilottown, Louisiana, to Itasca Park, Minnesota, a number of
moved to the spot Im in, by the river, to fulfill my quiet dream
of having a sculpture studio
a board of incestuous greedy selfserving
downtown buisnessmen, using a cloak of supposed public good, used
the power of the state to seize the studio offering a check for less
than the place is mortgaged for and a demand to be out in 2 weeks,to
allow for the construction of some awful plastic building that completely
closes off access to the river for the population that actually lives
Mississippi, a delta town with an illustrious literary history and
a before its time progressiveness: Walker Percy, Shelby Foote, and
Hodding Carter III
my bags are packed.
Just get me on Amtrak north to Chicago.
Luckily, youre heading west
and theres a bridge.
couple years ago I published a very long poem called "Forth of
July", in three volumes. The third vol., "July", is
basically literary/imaginary/historical trip up & down the Mississippi.
of the chloroplast
fugue of the mitochondrion.
I can relocate the site, there's another one: Mississippi House
Trailer Tour." To qualify for being placed on the tour, the trailer
must have a Trans-Am parked in the front yard, on concrete blocks.
are dressed and play the roles of many early characters including
soldiers, officers, Indians, riverboat men, fur traders.
FLOOD: Direction: All voices begin in unison in LOUD WHISPER/sotto
voce. The following lines are broken by the number of voices associated
with each line:
construct pieces using flotsam and jetsam from the river itself and
photograph these pieces (some of them quite beautiful) with the river
Orleans is the great pudendal aperture leading into the great vagina
of the Mississippi river.
you're a decent young
poet and think you're
connected to god
you're supposed to know
stuff like that
live nowhere near the Mississippi.
was a part of Artica 2002 and would like to be a part of the film
with The Celestial Theatre.
believe that the Mississippi river used to be much much shorter when
it was located in Greece, but then most rivers lose alot to the big
water in passing....
a guy I used to know a long time ago that put together these really
nice, grassroots style festivals along the river. I think they were
called the Great River Revival. His name is Larry Long. I haven't
seen much of him lately. He was a real Woody Guthrie type of guy back
in the '70s. I'm sure he's still a political troubador somewhere.
Our girlfriends were room mates then; I played mandolin and worked
in a hippie beer bar/vegetarian cafe. I reckon I'll go Google him.
enjoy creating a piece with verse and blues music for the Mississippi
can hire us to show you the river from our prospective. 25' Mako with
a Tuna Tower great for camera work and a 17' skiff for cruising the
Henderson pastels the River
used to rent a little house down in Lower Algiers back then and we
actually swam in the river quite a bit on hot days (dumb idea) until
my best friend and his cousin drowned one afternoon while I was tending
the Food Coop.
just pulled into Budapest and need to find cheap lodgings near the
Gautama met the riverman first, and importantly so; because, as he
left the life he knew, the river was the most important lesson of
would suggest rounding up a dozen male virgins over the age of eighteen
(well, perhaps they could be each "like a virgin"), issuing
them gold lame jockstraps and handing each an uncooked hotdog skewered
on the end of a Saab or Citroen antenna. Their instructions would
be to flog hebephrenically the mud of a pre-selected bank of the MS,
while chanting in falsetto unison: "Sling the mud! Bring the
flood! Put the jerk to work!"
you seen the water intakes on the Miss river just South of the confluence
of the Miss and Mo? Like German castle turrets. I'd love to boat out
there and spend the night. Bed and breakfast on the River anyone?
Image from Shalom's Evolving Visions of the River
(THE BEAST & PUPPET THEATRE)
MayDay festival is an annual event which features at water parade/
tree of life ceremony on Powderhorn Lake and that always takes place
the first Sunday in May.
did you know Minnesota's Senator-elect, Norm Coleman, had an idea
to run a funicular skylift between a proposed McDonald's on the St.
Paul bluffs and Harriet Island?
loved it when the boat stopped at certain ports, and we'd party all
night in some bar, and then get one hour of sleep and start serving
customers scrambled eggs by 7 pm.
my young/wild early 20s I spent about a year-and-a-half working as
a deckhand on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, and various tributaries
such as the Kanawha River in West Virginia. I worked on floating hotels
such as the Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen, as well as towboats
pushing gasoline barges. Staying on board for stretches as long as
50 days straight, I tied up boats and shoveled shit at all points
between New Orleans, St Paul and Pittsburgh, and encountered several
asylums full of extreme people in the process.
see noted Road (now River) Scholar AC being rowed out to small submarine
waiting offshore (in St Paul, maybe?), then go down the hatch, submerge
Envy is an amazing program which depends on the volunteer efforts
and financial support of artists and non-artists from all backgrounds.
Through art, performance, spectacle, food and drink; we have attracted
over 4000 people to the event in one night.
could help spread the word here in Memphis, where I live.
primary physical aspects of the BLUES HIGHWAY are the MS River and
Highway 61, beginning @ Charity Hospital & running along the river
from Nola theought the Delta, Memphis and on to Chicago...
you familiar with the novel, "Christopher Unborn" by Carlos
Fuentes? He has a section where Borges visits the Mississippi River
and wants to drink a glass of water from it in tribute to Mark Twain.
Since he's blind, and Argentinian, they gave him a glass of Pepsi
instead figuring he'd never know the difference.
the New Yorker was founded in the Twenties their motto was "Not
for the little old lady in Dubuque." Yet the magazine was founded
by midwesterners and in its prudish language etc that's exactly who
it was for. The irony is that I went out of my way about 10 years
ago to visit Dubuque Iowa (on the Mississippi) and it's ten times
as soulful as the New Yorker- a still-born St. Louis.
great aunt Therese (who lives in town but grew up in Plaucheville)
has some great stories about the flood--babies being born on haystacks,
weird shit like that.
have a song called "The Eerie Road" that Dennis Formento
referred to as a "Blues March". If you're interested in
hearing it sung by Coco Robicheaux I'll send you a CD.
Bird, a sculptress , has been seduced mightily by the Big Brown One.
Ms. Bird, working in her drafty barn studio in Spring Green, Wisconsin,
has gone so far as to sculpt mock-ups of perhaps two dozen figures
(now clay figurines) of historical and prehistorically personages
attached to the lore of the river.
New Orleans, I remember seeing cemetery cockroaches thriving by moonlight
cutting our paths portentously as any black-cat.
Mom forwarded your message about the documentary on the river. My
band, Dash Rip Rock, has a few songs about the mighty muddy: "Fly
to the Gulf" off the CD Pay Dirt, "Mud Island" off
the CD Ace of Clubs, and a couple more.
wasn't aware that you make films, but if you have something you'd
like to show in L.A. at a great venue, please let me know.
have been dreaming about boats moving through sludgy water in some
sort of post-apocalyptic wasteland kinda thing
2002 was an unauthorized art festival that took place in an abandoned
and neglected industrial section of St. Louis just north of the Gateway
Arch and along the banks of the Mississippi. This area was the site
of the St. Louis Mound Group, which at one time held the third largest
pyramidal structure in the world until it was torn down for "progress".
It was also the site of slave trade and the underground railroad.
the artist that swam from the source of the river to the Gulf of Mexico.
We should probably talk.
long held in mind doing a book on rope swings that hang from trees
& bridges over swimming holes and for years would seek them out,
try them out and take a few snapshots.
heard years ago that the navy was leaving the port of New Orleans
because it was filling up with silt and there was no way to stop it.
The series of dams that the WPA/Corps of Engineers built during the
depression apparently is falling apart and can't be fixed. (I don't
know if this is true or not.)
not sure I fully understand what youre looking for, but Ive
always envisioned the huge fault line that runs directly through upper
Mississippi, Memphis and eastward into Kentucky, finally giving way,
opening a trough ofmuddy water beneath Tunica sucking its casinos
and all theyve built down natures vengeful hole.
not only sandbagged for the 73 Flood but my family took in another
family of 12 who had been flooded out of their home/farm.
am very interessted in talking to you later on when your shooting
starts. Till then, have a good time. Corrado, the Swiss Kayaker
are committed to keeping the water system publicly owned.
(via Michael Alemereyda)
Father of Waters, the Mississippi, the grandest river in the world,
was the worthy stage for the deeds of that incomparable blackguard.
(Alvearez de Pineda discovered this great river, though it was first
explored by Hernando d Soto, conqueror of Peru, who whiled away
his months in the prison of the Inca Atahualpa teaching his jailer
chess. When De Soto died, the river's waters were his grave.)
is a broad-chested river, a dark and infinite brother of the Parani,
the Uruguay, the Amazon, and the Orinoco. It is a river of mulatto-hued
water; more than four hundred milion tons of mud, carried by that
water, insult the Gulf of Mexico each year. All that venerable and
ancient waste has created a delta where gigantic swamp cypresses
grow from the slough of a continent in perpetual dissolution and
where labyrinths of clay, dead fish, and swamp reeds push out the
borders and extend the peace of their fetid empire. Upstream, Arkansas
and Ohio have their bottomlands, too, populated by a jaundiced and
hungry-looking race, prone to fevers, whose eyes gleam at the sight
of stone and iron, for they know only sand and driftwood and muddy
multa vreme m-a interesat un fel de copr diplomatic al riurilor.
King Biscuit Radio Show is the nations's longest running blues radio
OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
(via Elinor Nauen)
sea levels and subsiding land are combining to gobble up more than
two acres of the Mississippi Delta every hour.
Mississippi River is unique in the world because it flows "uphill"
- the mouth of the river is 27 feet higher - ie. 27 further away from
the center of the earth - than the source of the river. So how does
it happen? Why does water not flow into the river from the sea?
mi ile odo....Our mother's house is the river...
film that makes you jump into the river.
luck. That is a big topic for one movie.
rowed in celebration of all the freedoms we have in the United States
carry the body of a drowned boy from Minnesota all the way across
to sing the blues primer
Gastronomy attacked by reader
of my Mississippi landscapes...
Trashes the Mississippi!
Miller, Budding Visionary
Takes It Personally
to Class Over the Mississippi
metaphor tied to poet's heart problems
Floodgates of Autobiography!
Among the Poets Now and Then A Pro!
Unleashed in Ric Carter
Offers His Camera!
recordings from toledo
Rat Revealed by Angry Pal!
M. Kenyon on the the Mississippi prior to 1812
Warns: Don't Forget Jeff Buckley!
from Trash Man!
Remembers Childhood on Skis!
Atrocity Brewing in Missouri
Borchardt Smells Body in the River and Ties it to Anthrax Scare
that Out-St.John-Perses Whitman, by John Horvath, Jr
deer drifting by at breakfast entered my dreams over and over
Evening of Sacred poetry, dance, and Music***
Saturday, December 6, 2002 8:00 P.M.
The Voodoo Spiritual Temple
828 North Rampart 504-522-9627
$5-$8 Donation Requested
Hosted by Priestess Miriam, Seer, Founder of the Temple With Oswan
Chamani, & Former Bishop of Angel Angel All Nations Spiritual
Rituals Along the River
The Mississippi Unmasked, Or Fake Street, USA
Mike Phillips Offers Pro-Inundationist Leads
for that 'Dark Mud' refered by John Guslowski
you heard of Artica?
steamboatish poem from Shara
||Mr. Rowe offers wife for
film project: "Maybe it's the only interview we need," offers