All copyright © 2003 remains with the authors.
All copyright © 2004 remains with the authors.


of the father,
the son
and the spirit,
come back from
where you went.
It is clear
that you are
still in power.
Allow us to
see you again
in your many
guises, disguises,
surprises. Be
here for us
as truly you
used to be
we talk to
you on these
cold, cold nights
waiting on nativity.

West Irondequoit, New York, 12/24/03, 12:12 AM
Jerry Schwartz


street swept with heat
rising into
to elsewhere

song drift sea
cheesy and melodic
melting tinkle like stars
and rain
rain we need

but party is an attitude
as peace
peace we need
not tonight

fences fairylights fuel
gears sweat bitumen

skin sheens its tears
bedded dark
for more fire

what they say
is in season
or what may be

Jill Jones
Wed 24 Dec 2003


[via Robert Horvitz]

When all the maps of all body levels are in order,
you have a set of instructions to be carried out.

The merging of site and audience
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . unfathomable
or, rather, non-locatable.

A model
through which man maps
himself into the universe
and the universe
into himself.

One looks through
rather than at.

Barry Alpert / Silver Spring, MD USA / 9-24-74, 6-29-75, 12-24-03 (9:37 AM)

Quarried from Robert Horvitz's article on Donald Burgy in Artforum



snapshot tricky
lens all fogged
film frozen up
shutter willing
but challenged
and dim no light
where's the aperture?
make it grin wide
show willing
focus fixed
blinding flash
pictures gone
to develop lost
gone with the
snows of yesteryear?

pmcmanus raynes park 15-27 london uk +fv


Deception - Organization and Execution

Light and sound masking - decoys and disguises behind large-area smoke screens, yeah deception, properly used, may well be the decisive element for determining victory or defeat on the poetic front, on the job and at home,from largest to the smallest, from town to country, from city to trailer park, to LA, Beverly Hills, San Antonio and sea to shining sea. Become deception conscious and also intelligence conscious, because in anyone's opinion accurate intelligence is absolutely crucial for conducting a successful deception operation. The importance of centralized planning can not be understated or overstated. Control in operations that involve camouflage, concealment and deception in a variety of situations and flavors contributes to many victories and is important and vital to modern day financial relationships. The measure of success of any deception should be incorporated into every tactical situation and training for the position to deceive must include extensive in-depth deception training which advocates the greater use of dummy positions. Intelligence is the enemy in the case of management and government. It is the crucial factor in deciding whether or not to initiate dummies or continue relations. The benefits of using guile are clearly and distinctly shown. This poem, this refrain contains a brief account of the "fog of battle" deception. A simple, yet effective, part of this program was the concealment of the fact that certain towns and strategic economic factors are vulnerable. As dummies entered these areas they were surprised, doe-eyed and easily led astray. There was an intelligence failure on the part of the dummies, but give credit to the original failure and incompetence of management. Their well-conceived and well executed deception operation, with its extraordinarily tight security measures, fooled entire families, schools, universities and nations. The use of electronic web warfare is to indicate that despite an improvement in monitoring capabilities, deception can still be effective and remains an important part of computer programming.This poem describes a successful deception operation conceived by a superior mega webmaster and carried out at the management level with the approval of higher, yet earthbound authority. The defenders were taken completely by surprise and a significant feature on the front was captivated by the intricate means employed by people with little more than a sixth grade reading level. The successful and repeated use of deception by the multi-plex of dummy management increased the need for developing further means of deception and secrecy. Electromagnetic radiation was employed for guidance and the need for electronic countermeasures increased in order to render poetic positions ineffective. What emerges is a picture of deception that is in need of a deception on this ever changing and ever expanding electronic battlefield. Theorists conclude that the most important means of achieving surprise is the carrying out of management operations that are based on the principles of activity, naturalness, diversity, and continuity. This poetry shows how this theory was put into practice with great success. Historical examples of successful deception of these various elements that are part of the over all deception-including secrecy, security, demonstration attacks, and feints are present in these elaborate operations. As the poems continued to manifest, methods were continually improved and the scale and diversity of deception steadily increased. For example, there was greater use of anonymity, security measures were tightened, management simulation was expanded and planning became more comprehensive. The successful use of these same tactics during the previous years, is of current significance under present-day conditions, and calls for the continued imaginative application of disguise, camouflage, concealment, and deception. By saving a small number of poets from defeat, and bringing victory to others,management is able to maintain control and the element of surprise. This short poem describes a successful ruse used by the frontal assault of management where fabricated positions of "importance" were "inadvertently" named and dropped where impressionable,young poets could retrieve the information. Eventually, the plans reached the general in command of dummy management. Because the plans fit in so well with their superior's beliefs about poetic intentions, he accepted them as true and arranged his defenses accordingly. When the poets carried out a flanking attack on the management, they achieved nothing but a slap on the wrist and the dummies again, won a major victory, even so, the poems became the means to present sonic and olfactory deception, concealment, and elevate dummy positions to executive status. Some modern poetry uses elements of darkness to cover covert movement and to create false impressions of morbidity and others used elements of archaic, romantic poems which evoke compassion and friendship. The conclusion is that great care must be exercised in making judgments about poetic intentions because even though management is working at a level which is "a slice short of a loaf" they are very good at creating false and endearing impressions.Information contained in this poem provides an insight into the types of fortifications that use certain methods of camouflage and concealment that have historically been proven effective. The actual deception plan is presented within and between the lines, accentuated with cadence and embellished with slight rhyme. There is no other reason for deception but financial gain. This poetic form gives a clear picture of how deceivers using the simple methods of camouflage are able to organize forces and allocate resources to conceal the true,display the false, and achieve surprise in the home, school and office. Camouflage capabilities promote the integration of and establishes guidance, policies, and responsibilities in the area of deception and, in doing so, presents a picture of what needs to be done to deceive poets effectively on the modern home front. The poem remains very detailed, with many diagrams, tables, and illustrations. The poem provides a good review of thinking on surprise and deception at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. It focuses on surprise, while concentrating all physical and mental energy on deception. The use of concealment, imitation, demonstration maneuvers, and disinformation is composed in detail. The difficulty of carrying out a counter deception operation is also explored. This poem discusses the deception measures used at each echelon and evaluates the influence of surprise on the outcome of a political action similar to the conservative campaign. This is an interesting poem, because the conflicting elements often used in democratic campaigns are carried out by force. This particular poem describes one of the finest historical examples of how an integrated, comprehensive deception plan contributed to success of management at the expense of all three levels of the majority of households world-wide, including the estimated worth of middle, lower middle to low income families. This poetry forms the definitive English-language source on the deceptive practices used by one of the most remarkable concealment operations in poetic history, including false radio nets, camouflaged publishing nets, underground editorial assembly areas, dummy defensive critique positions, deceptive specialized broadcasts and news reports. This stanza shows how deception and infiltration measures varied from front to front and back to back, East to West and North to South, depending to a great extent on mission, management, training, evaluation, time and money. Deception can play havoc with poets in gaining and maintaining the initiative and poetry must place greater emphasis on the use of this same deception at the ultimate operational level. To carry out tactical deception operations in various situations poetry is analyzed and poetic justice is learned and becomes evident and relative even to deception specialists, who in their now desperate need for a deception operation to appear completely authentic and viable to the operational level of all households through radio, newspaper and televised deceptions, mock-ups, decoys, and any other means realize constant defeat. Strategic surprise enables everyone to deceive even extremely security conscious people by well developed,plausible deception covers, and by practicing good camouflage control. As a result, some poets have been known to effectively conceal their massive preparations for the offensive and some have even caught their relatives by surprise. There are over forty different factors that influence deception efforts, such as the use of smoke or concealment in public, gathering in assembly areas like schools, playgrounds, restaurants, large hotels, cruise ships and shopping center parking lots. Numerous sources show the high degree of standards achieved by true poetic deception efforts are indeed, highly successful. Although some poets refuse to believe the over all deception has caused them any personal grief, it is known that deception has profited by hundreds of billions in US dollars mostly at their willingness to buy into elevated social status claims perpetrated by underground editorial assembly units. These poets practically fool themselves with their personal deception stories because the claims and social positions fit their preconceptions of success and notoriety.

Deborah Russell, 12/24/03
Baltimore, MD USA
Dedicated to Roddy:
Walter Hudson, Oct. 24, 1970 - Dec. 24, 2003
Time of Death: 5:05 am



dry afternoon
      but neither long
            enough nor windy
enough to
            the happy name
of paupers' dry spell
      whereby the poor could
            wash their only
clothes in the morning
      and put them back on
            on the eve of
december 24 our
      meal's in the oven
            the city grows
quiet the house
      smells like christmas
            already and
the usual visitors
      start dropping by
            bringing gifts
the grumpy old
      sisters arrive
early this year
      revelling in their
            dislike of each
other loving travelling
      together on this
            particular day
of the year well-wishing
       throngs our tiny hall
            the open door
blocked by goodwill
      and a surplus
            of peace as
solemnity sets in our
      christmas begins
            at six
on christmas
      eve at the sound
             of the bells

Árni Ibsen
december 24 2003
5:30 pm


MuttBoy: On the Eve of Christ's Nativity

The only thing memorable in fifty-nine of them
is that Christmas night many years ago
was the first time I got laid.
Some present: I should have stayed celibate.

Have I said too much, spoken crassly?
Deal with it. I barely remember it: except
there wasn't no mistletoe to kiss her under first
or after: she was Jewish too.

I still think a monastery would have been
a better choice: for I also got into Pandora's box.
If you want to call that Sexual Nausea,
knock yourself out, for every Christmas has that memory.

When I turned Catholic I was denied even
the cursed dignity of mourning mirrors draped,
no one cared, I was alone, added Catholic sin to Jewish guilt
and let myself go almost mad.

Returned to my roots, formally forgiven (but by whom?),
I contemplate the lack of caring I feel, how I missed
the truth that God lives inside me, in the rain,
even in that same love I sought years ago, seek still,

that I have made myself a mutt of the Mansions of God,
but that mutts prance and dance even in the rain.

KTW/Christmas Eve, 2003


'i' 'saw'
3? ships
'come' 'sailing'

in time or space
connected as if to

3 ships ply
Gulf waters
guns alert

& long before
3 sails waft
before the wind

& someday
circling that
planet earthly

3 ships seed
hope before
war tears

the fabric
the veil
the faith
to sail

Douglas Barbour
Edmonton 16:25 December 24 2003


Christmas Eve snap: carol singer

It was Christmas Eve all the fine day long and into the night.
In Melbourne's moneyed suburbs &151;Mont Albert, Camberwell,
North Balwyn, Carlton &151;the child-buskers were out.

Against the pedestrian current, jostled by the hustle and bustle
of shoppers, they'd propped their music-stands, stationed their hats
near their feet, and now sang, fiddled, trumpeted, and fluted.

And some of the music was atrocious, and some sublime.

And I saw the money clinking in, and even paper money.
Nostalgic for the "choirboy innocence" of cliché,
I looked in their faces. A boy soprano, solo, took my fancy.

His smile, for every coin, repaid us donors
as much as his lilting voice had drawn us to him.

Surely he came from afar, bringing gifts "beyond compare".
He shone, he was there because love had made him,
fostered him, filled him with song, kept pure his voice.

To separate his angelic face and smile from his music,
I loitered behind a pillar and listened. Still the song
glorified the space before the shop fronts —
like the best BBC telecast chapel moments.

I saw the smile on my wife's face.
It answered his. His answered hers.

Had he lived to be born, her first
might have been this child.

- Max Richards, North Balwyn, Melbourne
24/25 December 2003


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