News and What's New

This is my most recent encounter with The Keene Sentinel, our local newspaper, which is now basically banning my verse in their newspaper. All of it is true and you must wonder why. Once you're certain you KNOW why, think again about all of the rights you are slowly losing for a false sense of security. Truth is not popular nor always pleasant and lies will eventually come back to the liar after all of the damage has been done. All that truly matters is not what you possess in material goods, but rather, it will be what loved one(s) you'll be with when the shit hits the fan.
Peace friends, may Enemies fall back, for God is watching US from a distance and will deal with US real close up. Please awaken the 'sleepers' of the Lie.

To: Letters To The Editor in The Keene Sentinel

May 18, 2006

Submitted by: Ciera S. Louise

PO Box 301, Keene, NH 03431

(603) 352-3266 


The Chief of "The Paper" has notified me that in "Letters To The Editor" there'll be no poetry. Though it's a Reader Opinion, "it can't look like verse", so please pardon me if my meter is worse.

Poetical comments nor fit in The Muse, with that one slot per week allowance, they're less able to choose. Sometimes it (The Muse) vanishes and is not even put in—hence—another week goes by and the poet must grin. We (poets) know how powerful be an anthem or psalm, yet we take all of this rejection and stay implosively calm.

I'll never care why he said "freedom of the press is for those who print it and select what is best." Honestly, how much can we read about the blah—blah—blues with a token positive article in the stress-filled news?

So now you know why the poetry is obsolete: because narrow-minded beings like their news incomplete. I could go on with the bias of twisting an innocent man before he's found guilty and his rep's in the can. But I won't proceed or a business punk will say: "Crucify the poet and keep it our way." While the slave dresses him and he is running the press we know it's all about money, not truth and what's best.


Ciera S. Louise, Keene, NH



Some of the writers that I admire

*Stephen King: The "King" of word-painting but kind of unnerving content.

*CS Lewis: The Screwtape Letters and The Chronicles of Narnia excellent.
*Kahlil GibranAuthor of 'The Prophet' and many others unknown to us.
Try an old bookstore for original text too rather than revisions.

Eduardo Galeano: 'Book of Embraces' the closest thing to my style of writing I have found.

Okay, now that I've shared those writers that I am inspired by most, I was thinking I would write a blurb regarding my discovery of how I was discovered long ago in India and accidentally stumbled upon a poem of mine written under my old name of 'Damiano'. I am in regular contact now with these friends and advocates  who recently broadly publicized one of my poems, which they have referred to as being like a "national anthem" for them. It is called "Institution" and was put on a poster at the UN Convention in NY recently. I continue to send them material which interests them, mostly in the category of human rights and protection of the disabled and poor people over there. They can totally relate to my 'Institution' poem which is ironic because this is the USA and that is India! Do we have something in common here regarding the oppression of those we put into institutions and jails when they need "help" and are not violent criminals by any means? I bet we have more NON-violent offenders locked up, AND mixed in, with violent criminals. It seems there has been research done on this, and my personal experience, both as a child and young woman, behind the walls in this country is that this is quite accurate. So, you see, the torture at Guantanamo was no surprise to me. It's really nothing new, it's just not talked about or allowed to be exposed by those in power.

My poetry from the earlier years reflects this horrible oppression and victimization as a child in the care of The State of NH. My horror stories would not be believed or accepted. That's why I wrote poetry even when I was forbade to do so. I continued at great risk, and hid it in a ceiling for over a year when I was only 15 years old in the Elan Program.

I would like to appeal to anyone who is able to financially help with the self publication of my book of 2005 and the pending / in progress book of 2006. I also have to apply and pay for separate ISBN numbers for each of my "6" chapbooks so I am registered with the Library of Congress. This way, my books can be nationally marketed. As it stands, the books I have put out are stuck in Keene, NH, (NOT good) because they have no registered number for tracking and ordering. It's so frustrating cause even the pay-for publishing houses are much more expensive and the author is less certain exactly how the printing and sales are being done.
I am also a full time veterinary student, single mom, work parttime, run a Dove Sanctuary as a federal and state-licensed rehabilitator, am a relay/rescue/education center for displaced pet rats, and somehow am managing this new website. I love it all and believe in the community service aspects of my life. The animal stuff is all non-gratis but my love for animals is too great to not involve them and their needs in my life.
Any inquiries or donations can be mailed to myself at:
PO Box 301
Keene  NH  03431

I'm really not into asking for anything but I'll never know who has the heart and resources if I don't risk asking.
Thanks for your consideration, comments, requests in reference to donation application to any of the above mentioned, and prayers for this to become a wonderful success all around.

Pray For Peace, Ciera Sky Louise. 

April, 2006