News and What's New
To: Letters To The Editor in The Keene Sentinel
May 18, 2006
Submitted by: Ciera S. Louise
PO Box 301, Keene, NH 03431
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So now you know why the poetry is obsolete: because narrow-minded beings like their news incomplete.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.
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.
Pray For Peace, Ciera Sky Louise.