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    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner

    In what stilettos will they Electric Slide

    On thin ice, above fiscal cliffs of foreclosure,

    Joblessness and poverty?”



    by BAR Poet-in-Residence Raymond Nat Turner



    Mayday, a million militant Mexicans

    Strapped on wings and flew

    Over the City of Angels, scaring

    To death, rich devils ruining it;



    A December Night In Tunisia,

    Burst into Be-Bop regime change

    Flames, masses heard and jammed

    To in Egypt, North Africa, the world over...



    A quarter million militant

    Wisconsinites caught Spring

    Fever flowing from North Africa,

    Experienced seizures of capitol, town,

    Imaginations, conversations—even

    General strike plans—forward



    Mindful gangs of youth occupied

    Wall Street, hearts, minds, dreams and

    Talk of the town for two months, metastasizing

    Like crazy cancer cells, clear across the country…



    Ephemeral, proletarian internationalist moment,

    Tens of millions of anti-austerity activists, workers,

    Students and supporters, downed tools, seized

    Streets and shut down Europe for a day...


    These tiny tremors continually reminding US,

    That like scorching magma, class struggle

    Bubbles, just beneath business as usual...



    A million miles from reality...Cloud Nine Negroz

    See what they wanna see in 1600 Pennsylvania

    Avenue, Psychedelic Shack where big Negroz go

    Under COINTELPRO; a Psy-Op where lil' Negroz

    Have their fortunes told, and chase after fool's gold:

    Solidarity with a Wall Street-vetted, Madison Avenue

    Messiah, bequeathed by J. Edgar after Medgar,

    Malcolm and Martin were shot for inconvenient truths


    Nothin' but a Democratic party in Cloud Nine Negroz

    Psychedelic Shack, belting, "Don't Worry, Be Happy!"

    "Extraordinary Rendition's" 'bout when Motown dropped

    "Grapevine" on Gladys & Marvin # 1, the same year, & “Black

    Sites" are spots where you can go and get your groove on..


    In Cloud Nine Negroz Psychedelic Shack, their mountain top,

    Disco ball and all, debate orbits around burning questions of

    Sub-contracts, franchises and what dare they wear to their king's



    In what furs, with what flag sizes, or

    Lapel pins, will they be seen, on TV?


    In what clown suits and silly hats

    Will they Happy Dance for Hell-

    Fire Missiles on family farmers?


    In what stilettos will they Electric Slide

    On thin ice, above fiscal cliffs of foreclosure,

    Joblessness and poverty?


    What will they wear for their Fuhrer?

    Will they mimic his corporate coat

    Of many logos, his crown of five

    Hundred jewels for Fortune 500

    Companies—same thugs peddling guns,

    Wars and gang-raping Mother Africa?


    Will they come wearing coltan

    For their king, or just show up

    Looking like lewd lieutenants,

    Lap-dancing, licking his boots,

    Complicit in his bombing and

    Burning babies in Afghanistan,

    Pakistan, Yemen,Libya and Gaza?


    Will they come dressed as jackals, with

    Tuesday kill lists of "haters" in hand?


    Maybe they'll dress down in vintage

    War crimes and crimes against humanity,

    Like deputies in the dock at Nuremberg?


    Surely they'll accessorize in South

    African gold, diamonds and platinum

    Set luxuriously in Steven Biko's bones?


    Perhaps they'll anoint themselves and

    Their king in Ogoniland oil, expertly

    Blended with blood of Ken Saro-Wiwa?


    Should their Messiah suggest suicide

    Vests, bet on a bunch of busy tailors...


    Nude, or prancing like peacocks, fully

    Festooned, they'll arrive in five, feting

    Their emperor, making a mockery of

    Militant tradition birthing Ben Davis,

    Du Bois, Ida B., Hubert Harrison and

    Fanny Lou Hamer in the crucible of


    Class struggle…


    Raymond Nat Turner can be contacted at Raymond (at)


    Raymond Nat Turner (c) 2012 All Rights Reserved

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    A Romantic Guide To Rome; Couples’ Guide Red Bottoms To Rome, It

    The Eternal City, Rome is an eternal epic of history. It is the city of historic sites, magnificent buildings, palaces, temples, theatres, and stadiums. It is the city of dreams, fantasies, and romances. The City of Love, Rome is one of the most romantic cities of the world. It is an ideal destination, if you are looking to have vacation full of love and romance. It is a romantic city that beckons the lovers of all ages. The city offers the settings and airs apt for couples and lovers. Rome’s airs are temptingly full of love & romance. Rome has a number of incredibly romantic places that will make your love ooze out for your lovers and beloveds. The beloveds look lovelier and lovers become more loving in the romantic arenas of Rome. Some of the most romantic places of Rome include—


    The Janiculum (Gianicolo), a hill in western Rome, is one of the most romantic locations known for breathtaking views of the innumerable domes and bell towers that pierce the skyline of the multi-hued architectural museum. Aventino is one of the legendary Seven Hills of Rome, which rises up near the Tiber River. You can have a great view of the entire city from the top. The Tiber looks like snake from the top of the mountain.


    The Colosseo district is the heart of ancient Rome. It has the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Red Bottoms Forum of Augustus, the Forum and Markets of Trajan, the Capitoline and its museums. The Via Sacra is the main street of ancient Rome, leading from the top of the Capitoline Hill, through some of the most important religious sites of the Forum (where it is the widest street), to the Colosseum. Via Sacra was a place used during the welcome parades for the commanders of Roman armies. On a warm night of summer, as you walk up thru this large stoned road, off the Colosseum, and continue as it swirls up the Palatinum hill, sided by thick trees, you will hardly meet anyone, making this stroll in the middle of the ancient Rome, a perfectly romantic walk.


    The Trevi Fountain is also pretty romantic place to visit. Located in the rione of Trevi, The Trevi Fountain is the largest standing 25.9 meters (85 feet) Red Sole Shoes high and 19.8 meters (65 feet) wide, and most famous Baroque fountain of Rome. There are many romantic legends associated with the fountain. According to a legend, if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. According to another legend, throwing two coins into the fountain leads to a marriage, while three coins leads to a divorce. The Fountain is very popular among couples and lovers.


    You can also enjoy boat tour on the Tiber with your love. Let yourself sail on the waters of the Tibers. You can easily start from Ponte Duca d’Aosta and ending on Isola Tiberina and then back again. You’ll view some real gems of the city, such as Saint Peter’s or the Gianicolo, from the middle of the Tiber. You can also go for night cruises that are available during the summers; many of them include dinner on board.


    Open air live music shows in Villa Celimontana is also the great to make your evening romantic. In Villa Celimontana, you can plan a romantic evening along with music. Villa Celimontana is one of the best places, where a jazz festival is celebrated during the summer, with several nights enjoying ‘tango’. Here, you can enjoy music along with some of the finest Italian wines, in the company of your partner. These are just a few attractions of Rome. Surely, Rome has lot more to offer you.

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