xoxo C. Charles, CONFUSOR, and Chouchou from the Uzi Café







6.23.2016 // DISPATCH 13 // Sewanee, TN

By the end of the day today, the taste of blood finally left my mouth, and my nausea and other weirdnesses had also gone away. In my morning class I was aware of looking pale and sickly, and I felt like dogshit. That blood taste had been four days persistent—a possible case of overstress, but I am not willing to rule out a bug also attacking in my compromised state. After class, Doctor Me initiated a multi-angled course of treatment which eliminated all physical symptoms and lifted my spirits.

As prescribed:
- borrow a car for a relaxing solo drive (RSD)
- blast 2pac and air conditioning (not contraindicated for RSD use)
- buy lufa and chewable orange vitamin-C
- eat something not fried
- take vitamin-C, use lufa, repeat before bed

...and of course, drink plenty of liquids. Last stop before returning to school was the liquor store. Not doctor’s orders. I needed to buy a thank-you bottle of Bulleit for my car-lending comrade. Alright, I stocked up for myself, too. Mind your business.

Aside from mentioning that every item in Monteagle stores is overpriced, there is nothing more to report about today—except, I suppose, that I really, truly do not want to get sick again while I’m here. Probably goes without saying.

     C. Charles Bley





6.20.2016 // DISPATCH 10 // Sewanee, TN

Under the thin guise of giving out high-fives, I entered one of the townhouse units on Georgia Avenue and planted a recording device in the kitchen, where two of my peers were talking, eating, and eventually washing dishes. The following excerpts come from said recording, during which I very blatantly sat at (and stared directly into) their window, attempting to observe the action, their expressions, etc. Half an hour later I re-entered the unit, extracted my device, and laughed at them for being taken in by false high-fives. Fortunately they also laughed.

THING 1: I want to have a glass of wine but I’m going to resist! Resist.

THING 2: Well, you know that one glass ups performance, helps digestion…

THING 1: I think I might have one, but I think I’m going to try to get some work done first, and then have a glass, and then go to bed.

THING 2: [UNINTELLIGIBLE]

THING 1: Oh! I can do some dishwashing if you will pack that stuff up and put it away.

THING 2: Yea! Okay, that’s cool.

THING 1: Pack it up. Pack it up.

THING 2: Oh you said pack it up. I thought you said hack it up—

THING 1: Oh no!

THING 2: I thought…I thought “[UNINTELLIGIBLE] what’s to hack?” [GENERAL LAUGHTER]. We’re reading Philip Roth in the…in the fiction workshop, and it’s cool on a Friday afternoon, we’re all tired…and we take turns to read. And we love…we love…we just have the best [UNINTELLIGIBLE] hysterical. So my plan is to be an eternal Sewanee…um…a local [UNINTELLIGIBLE].

THING 1: Really?

THING 2: No. [UNINTELLIGIBLE, SOUNDS OF DISHES CLATTERING].


Four minutes later:

THING 2: […] I said, “No thank you, I’m having this conversation,” And he pulled the poor man over, who was having a nice conversation with somebody [LAUGHTER] [UNINTELLIGIBLE] the last thing he wanted—

THING 1: Ahhhh!

THING 2: —it was an absolute scream, we had the most excruciatingly boring and [UNINTELLIGIBLE] conversation. It was an absolute scream and I thought—

THING 1: That’s hilarious!

THING 2: Yea, well, nevermind, that’s…best of intentions.

THING 1: Best of intentions.


Ten minutes later:

THING 1: Oh yea, he’s in great shape.

THING 2: I can have…but how do they manage to avoid the temptation to try and get off with the students?

THING 1: Well…

THING 2: So many attractive women around!

THING 1: I think…part of it is they’re…well for [NAME WITHHELD], I think he really loves his wife—

THING 2: Oh! I just…and his children!

THING 1: [UNINTELLIGIBLE]


THING 2: Oh, let me finish this, you’ve done much more than me!


     C. Charles Bley





6.18.2016 // DISPATCH 8 // Sewanee, TN

Tonight I had a number of drinks to distract from my failure to attend a Tennessee Williams performance at St. Andrew’s Sewanee School. After setting out southbound by bicycle on University Avenue, wondering where the fuck the school was, then returning to campus for the internet connection necessary to check the map, it turned out that not only did I have to go to the entire other end of University, but continue on, uphill, along a rural highway. I had confused St. Andrews with Sewanee Elementary. Yet, with fifteen minutes to go, I was sure I could make it. Quitting rarely comes naturally to me, and never immediately.

Five minutes later, sweating up my tight jeans and suit jacket in the gravel shoulder of a narrow two-lane stretch, I realized I’d absolutely be late (not to mention even sweatier, by the time I arrived—not the person you want to sit next to in an auditorium). So I gave up and went home.

Not only by virtue of being in the Tennessee Williams course at Sewanee did I hate missing the show. I was excited for it, and missing it bummed me out. So I mixed some whisky to smooth-over the evening. Turns out this was just the trick to remembering a little detail someone had passed to me yesterday. These last two weeks was essentially a hunt for a decent piano on campus, and I followed every lead. Within eyesight of our Georgia Avenue dorm is the Nabit Art Building from whence, according to instant lore, the sound of pianos had recently issued.

Barefooting down the street, misjudging the path, emerging out of the trees and plodding through the grass, I came upon the place. The door was propped open in the night (for me, I was certain, in my soul). Was the legend true? O, certainly. Four precisely tuned functional beautiful pianos, at least one of them a Steinway, all in unlocked practice rooms. I played the piano in Room 1 without mercy for an indeterminate amount of time. When I got back to the dorm, my excitement and pleasure could not be contained. My peers on the porch were taken aback by my exuberance. “Pianos!” I said, in a magical shout-whisper. “I found pianos!”

The only obstacle to my new pianos is summer music program. Well, in one way, the program’s young participants are also an obstacle to dinner—milling about the cafeteria, mindlessly, cutting people off, holding up all the lines. I can’t complain, though, that their practice takes precedence over my pleasure-playing. These kids can read music, something I forgot how to do in the course of my flamenco guitar training as a kid. And I love classical music. So I won’t get in their way. In fact, I wrote out a large-print sign to hang on whatever piano-room door I’m playing behind.

ATTN: Summer Musicians
Please knock, and I will give
up this room to you if none are 
available. I am student at the 
School of Letters, here for the 
summer, but yall have priority 
over these rooms. Have a nice day.
            —Chouchou


…I’ll mostly go there to play late at night. If tonight was any indicator, nobody will be there for me to bother. Probably should pick up a candle to bring over when I’m there, fluorescent lighting the brain-frying scourge that it is. Nonetheless, tonight, I am grateful for a working piano under whatever circumstance, under any light.

     C. Charles Bley





6.15.2016 // DISPATCH 5 // Sewanee, TN

Few things do I enjoy more when it comes to literature than sitting listening to a poet. Squinting, craning my neck towards the reader, suckling at their words, adjusting my ear to their cadence, tone, timbre…in most cases I hope for a long reading, a dozen poems at least, appropriate time to make said adjustments. Become immersed. Visualize. Dance with the words. Focus until a linkage occurs. The poet need not know, and hopefully will not notice, although I’ve wondered if one ever did, and for a split second in the middle of reading a line thought who is this weird asshole and why is he staring a hole through my head?

Despite it being one of my favorite forms of performance, I haven’t given a reading of poetry since the last month of my undergrad, December of 2013. It was the Sigma Tau Delta Society end-of-semester reading, and for the duration of it, except when I was behind the podium, my Azerbaijani girlfriend refused to stop text messaging. She had about the impatience, attention span, and give-no-shit of a young, spasmodic oil-pirate dictator on the Caspian Sea (I still believe that’s her future). Earlier that month, at poet Cole Swensen’s reading, she’d done the same thing. Seriously, cut it out at her through my clenched teeth. We don’t do that at readings. She used to call me Mr. Poem, but to her I was the only Mr. Poem. There was a true, strange loyalty in her, and her general disinterest I understood to be mostly about the language barrier.

Radar on my phone’s screen tracked approaching thunderstorms all afternoon today; steady rainfall is an ideal white noise for poetry, although less so bursts of thunder, I suppose, unless the poems are of a darker nature. Finally, an hour after the reading is over, heavy clouds, winds forcing tree limbs aerobic. I run down to the porch, abandoning this dispatch, because my rain is stopping by on its way to Alabama and I want a kiss.

     C. Charles Bley





6.11.2016 // DISPATCH 2 // Sewanee, TN

Either I’m too disconnected from my base, or, the slow blizzard of the first week of a summer semester at Sewanee took up enough of my energies that I simply neglected to keep up on events. The latter is the worse excuse, I suppose. In any case, until today, I missed a major bit of what would have been local news to me.

In the Michigan city I sometimes call my hometown, the last six months have seen two instances of unusual violence—unusual in their nature, even less usual for Kalamazoo. One night in late February, a seemingly reasonable middle-aged husband and father committed multiple murders while operating as an Uber driver. In between picking up fares, Mr. Dalton shot and killed a half-dozen people at random. Two others were shot, but survived. One survivor was a teenage girl who, according to reports, squeezed her mother’s hand in the eleventh hour, narrowly avoiding the pulling of the plug. The other, a mother herself, was shot multiple times in front of her children.

After almost six hours, the police caught up to the demon Dalton. He was taken into custody three blocks from my studio, where I was working on music at a deafening volume, oblivious to my vibrating phone let alone anything going on outside the building. Over the next few days, my job as a flower delivery driver translated into a twice-removed relationship with the victims. A van full of arrangements bound for funeral homes. An encounter with a young woman whose brother and father were among the deceased, meeting her as I walked a delivery up her driveway. Peace Be With You, I said, and she thanked me, quiet, genuine and strong, as I turned back to the van.

Tuesday night this past week, driving a Chevrolet pickup truck, Charles Pickett mowed down a group of cyclists on the north side of Kalamazoo. Five died, four were injured. As of this writing, Pickett’s toxicology report has not yet cleared the lab of the Michigan State Police, but he is anything other than free to go.

For the survivors, the families, I must project my hope of peace from out-of-town. And I must stomach my disgust from here on this mountaintop. Then, I must wish the same lifelong confinement upon Pickett as upon Dalton. I wish that they should never eat another meal outside of an inescapable institution. Whether their sentences be carried out in a penitentiary or psychiatric hospital—neither beautiful, but either justifiable—that’s mostly up to the justice system, which I’m not saying is perfect. And my imperfect opinion? When one commits certain heinous acts, they forever forfeit their place in society. In both these cases, the definition of heinous has been met.

     C. Charles Bley





Kim Jong Un's Report at March, 2013 Plenary Meeting of C.C., WPK

A few months into the Elimination erasure poetry project, I found I was unable to gain access to the English-language version of the Rodong Sinmun website. This poem, "Supreme Leader," comes from a lengthy speech by Kim Jong Un - which I had fortunately saved earlier on - and provides a fitting end to the project. 
-C. Charles Bley

Respected Kim Jong Un, supreme leader of our Party and the people made a historic report at the March 2013 plenary meeting of the WPK

The content of the report is as follows

We've met the glorious road 
of ever known long dashing 

forward soaring spirit
wild and mobilizing 

This war is honor 
which no one dare pounce upon
revolution like an iron wall 
prospering parallel inevitable 

demand good with hunger
December 

sanction satellite sovereignty 
thrown into frenzy

the people firm 
around the rose
stunned ambition 
smaller, lighter 

we, Korea
our dignity blackmailed

our sword enters steadily 
with the greatest desire 

our nation forever cold 
constant obstacle 
possessed by history 
hammer or sickle

we have been frustrated fierce 
and thus leap vicious 

the power is a treasured sword 
an embodiment of a lifelong wish 

giant on the shore 
of the new century
we build and exert 
and launch and upsurge 

the way of threat 
is a means of peace 

When we fear growing powerful 
the struggle of thriving driving us 

should prevail over the world 
and carry our people 
invincible and fighting 

by faith in their final victory



The original speech from which this poem was culled, given by Kim Jong Un in March of 2013, originally appeared 4.2.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Children's Camp

Children's Camp*
by C. Charles Bley

at the camp They look thick and great
at the camp Turning to love

children, laughter went into Each blade
after all the fresh water walked along

a paved hilltop down whole
a picture left growing warm



*The full article "Children's Camp" originally appeared 6.5.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way. 자유 행동



At a Health Complex

At a Health Complex*
by C. Charles Bley

a complex
up and front
"These are"

a young man
pointing "No no"
declined with thanks
persistent
slowly to a touch

you can
see the respect
concern and
glad anything

make bloom
people war it
long



*The full article "At a Health Complex" originally appeared 5.23.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Miniaturized, Lightened, Diversified and Precise Nukes

Miniaturized, Lightened, Diversified and Precise Nukes*
by C. Charles Bley

Today turned nuclear
set precise mighty war

To nuke means
To lighten

to make order
to achieve

A-bomb
H-bomb
neutron bomb
reactions
divided

their explosive commanding
nuclear other
their blow commanding
in depths war making

Today small and big
fully equal

made enemies shudder
We mightier



*The full article "Miniaturized, Lightened, Diversified and Precise Nukes" originally appeared 5.21.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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We All Love Her

We All Love Her*
by C. Charles Bley

is She a leader

her high sense of inspire
Her great control
always — never expected

for She was sure
of one thing
not lost to the moment
She indeed

She always goes rain
coats and sun-glasses
Out in the streets The girl
from the country

happiness voice
from love arises
Her Truth



*The full article "We All Love Her" originally appeared 5.13.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Planned Fascist Outrage on Reunification Movement

Planned Fascist Outrage on Reunification Movement*
by C. Charles Bley
 
a disbanding offence 
striving independence 
this National flesh.
vicious activities 
entirely reflect 
the present desperate 
repressing Republic 
and existence.

criminal eliminated
precious down facing 
beyond the extreme 
confrontation, 
with no dignity 
the human left intact
will be turned into 
a movement.



*The full article "Planned Fascist Outrage on Reunification Movement" originally appeared 5.11.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Rungna Dolphinarium

Rungna Dolphinarium*
by C. Charles Bley

last year
a sea animal
all spotted and old
swimming Life
beyond ordinary in fabulous

impossibility

wise warm seawater
was enough
his lifetime alone
arising in a sea Seeing
as if splendid

the world unthinkable apart from The center



*The full article "Rungna Dolphinarium" originally appeared 5.6.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Azalea

Azalea*
by C. Charles Bley

years ago The village
was proclaimed a playground,
celebrations soon as people's
guns echoed through the air.

and that was followed by a
speech. It reached time
and appeared Azalea.

Azalea, Azalea, every joy and hope
now trampled under jackboots.

Every last part
She,
arousing,
the struggle a ray.



*The full article "Azalea" originally appeared 5.2.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Floral Tribute Paid to Martyrs

Floral Tribute Paid to Martyrs*
by C. Charles Bley

statues of monuments
of cemeteries and graves

across-laying bodies
and people of life

and the name of bodies
flowers also fallen

the moment's silence
in memory



*The full article "Floral Tribute Paid to Martyrs" originally appeared 4.27.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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First and Foremost Task of Soldier

First and Foremost Task of Soldier*
by C. Charles Bley

On occasion men are
deeper minds

in all our great lofty
capacity

every road
will He the secret
road end

from the stormed position
struck
twinkling

engulfed the seeing
surprised firm as day

we in the forests equal
as we see



*The full article "First and Foremost Task of Soldier" originally appeared 4.24.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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An Instant That Saw Heroism

An Instant That Saw Heroism*
by C. Charles Bley

crossing over
men under a

downhill moment a

big rock,
flew stopped
fell
unconscious.

where It came to
words and lives,

the fight would
always come.

not stone,
rather a man,
gun his body.



*The full article "An Instant That Saw Heroism" originally appeared 4.19.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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CPRK Secretariat Issues Information Bulletin No. 1030

CPRK Secretariat Issues Information Bulletin No. 1030*
by C. Charles Bley

1. The Secretariat
the Committee
Peaceful Korea
bulletin No. 1030

2. the warmongers
the strategy
a test
an all-out war

3. the Peninsula
the days
the forces
the massive end

4. the puppet
the Line
the serious attack
a fever

5. a puppy
a tiger
The leader
the system

6. the movement
The light
the land
the ashes

7. The wild
the merciless
the people
the great justice



*The full article "CPRK Secretariat Issues Information Bulletin No. 1030" originally appeared 4.15.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Talented Foresight, Great Fruition

Talented Foresight, Great Fruition*
by C. Charles Bley

since fortune provided for courage and
a self-reliant pivot We look deep

memory might mind this powerful strength

to the staged and intensified future
we would resolutely smashing make a
structure of ideas armed with mighty
unbreakable unity.

                            A people
live and the spirit shines its wild advance
saying and doing all it wants opens
up bright future forever all around.



*The full article "Talented Foresight, Great Fruition" originally appeared 4.9.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Absurd Human Rights Plot

Absurd Human Rights Plot*
by C. Charles Bley

human rights
the north place
the passing failed
upon an opposition

making to meeting to
malignant turned into a
brazenfaced ill fault mostly

and people's living living hell
devoid entitled vociferate They

schemed to be stern human to hurt



*The full article "Absurd Human Rights Plot" originally appeared 4.8.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Spirit of Participants in Jeju Island Uprising Calls for Mass Struggle

Spirit of Participants in Jeju Island Uprising Calls for Mass Struggle*
by C. Charles Bley

since the Island
was a split

for achieving
tried to hold

up a peaceful
morning as

home to people's
different needs

and all over
sea of air

cruelly They, not
uprising

has unchanged. their
shaping way

will build a world
through struggle



*The full article "Spirit of Participants in Jeju Island Uprising Calls for Mass Struggle" originally appeared 4.3.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Active Support to Momentous Decision

Active Support to Momentous Decision*
by C. Charles Bley

made supreme the room
all filled final for
Land unparalleled
pluck extraordinary

brilliant the earth
our final Force
for joy already held
by time like an eyelid

people settle their
century-old young
and become desire
a high heart swelling
an honor possessed

the care will sweep through
a new living world
witness how We
never miss
golden
completely



*The full article "Active Support to Momentous Decision" originally appeared 4.1.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Error and Truth of History

Error and Truth of History*
by C. Charles Bley

a criminal's doubt or discovery
Less appalling by explosion
in a moment of aggression

and human error is first committed
wild with its frenzy and crimes
of calamities

exposed scores of huge nukes in
the underground ex-It really
realistic reckless

peaceful vital power can
whether or not reality
commits to history



*The full article "Error and Truth of History" originally appeared 3.28.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Our Life Is Beautiful and Valuable in Love and Affection

Our Life Is Beautiful and Valuable in Love and Affection*
by C. Charles Bley

of Fisheries
kinsmen bereaved
an autograph
words and beauty

There soon
they paid the affairs
making a
mother Whenever

their father
Sunday things and new
home my home
the years ago his home

one after
my sister with trouble
ever this heavy
saying I was an orphan

happiness
they stand in memory
deep severely
a poor expectation

night
something ran in the corridor
an honor
rising Thanks to burning life



*The full article "Our Life Is Beautiful and Valuable in Love and Affection" originally appeared 3.23.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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National Meeting Marks Anniversary of 1 000-ri Journey for Learning Covered by Kim Il Sung

National Meeting Marks Anniversary of 1 000-ri Journey for Learning Covered by Kim Il Sung*
by C. Charles Bley

place the mark
journey by the Generalissimo
True to an indomitable knowledge

history in misfortune
suffered by the River
for the fields relics and youth

made significant and
peerless It marked his
trace sacred and sure

the battle, the liberation
were deeply
absolutely
immortal

across all the glorious days
steadily forward He called
upon around and honorable

duty fluttering
immortal images
of flags
of the union



*The full article "National Meeting Marks Anniversary of 1 000-ri Journey for Learning Covered by Kim Il Sung" originally appeared 3.20.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Spring Tree Planting in Pyongyang

Spring Tree Planting in Pyongyang*
by C. Charles Bley
 
Tree plant in the last city 
level people and Friday-labor 
a large number revolutionary 
streets parks and pleasure 

Land high hundred thousand
area over scrupulous effort
saplings time too seething.



*The full article "Spring Tree Planting in Pyongyang" originally appeared 3.20.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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People Gather in DPRK to Back Statement of KPA Supreme Command

People Gather in DPRK to Back Statement of KPA Supreme Command*
by C. Charles Bley

In the DPRK
a spokesman for cities
and men
and power organs
respected the command

that confidence sure
all out confrontation
holding devotedly
also impregnable
and repulse unity

They will
at one
by the fail
under the great
sovereignty
of the nation



*The full article "People Gather in DPRK to Back Statement of KPA Supreme Command" originally appeared 3.18.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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End to Neither Armistice nor Peace

End to Neither Armistice nor Peace*
by C. Charles Bley

touch this scrapped, terrible bomb
when it beats extreme

with firm tragic peace concluded
in the state of the source

country and nation and sufferings
reflected the firm forever

a weapon, an aggressor with a chance
to settle sworn and golden

clear our head of the pit Complex,
"forward the cannonade

in our unanimous end neither nor.
bayonets turn in the enemy."

peace sustained the might the flame
burn the last peaceful land



*The full article "End to Neither Armistice nor Peace" originally appeared 3.16.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Letters between Sailor and School Girl

Letters between Sailor and School Girl*
by C. Charles Bley

i.
in My glad swaying
the picture
your presence

aboard it I find
that I miss you

ii.
twice around We
the verses Charming
great wonderful you

a chance above
the red of it

iii.
not to be held
that heaviest tallest
our dream Dear

sea I grow
I too, her



*The full article "Letters between Sailor and School Girl" originally appeared 3.14.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Give Us Order

Give Us Order*
by C. Charles Bley

Now their clouds upon
the sacred Millions
are burning with spirit

youth league following
the spokesman Supreme
rejoin a surging dark

again spoke expressing
spirit Army
believe in us

we will the sea
reunification
century-old scene
seen not alone

Give us the statement
a Supreme Command
young do-or-die

It is time for us



*The full article "Give Us Order" originally appeared 3.9.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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We Will Hit Target of Grain Production

We Will Hit Target of Grain Production*
by C. Charles Bley

This day
The precious burning
mountain on precious preparations

by the grain
and the immortal
Let us regain recognition!

warm spring season
fertile manures.

will and reality
the area of a year
at any cost.



*The full article "We Will Hit Target of Grain Production" originally appeared 3.5.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Our Reply, All-People Resistance

Our Reply, All-People Resistance*
by C. Charles Bley

hand in glove
with Their reckless wrath

people are a moment

of Complex success
of that justness
self-defensive
still out of their senses
deal again.

no way nuclear
surging maniacs,

we said
“regret cannot be
strength the slightest.

our victory and enemies
all-people scoundrels."



*The full article "Our Reply, All-People Resistance" originally appeared 3.2.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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Popular Sentiment Is Will of Heaven

Popular Sentiment Is Will of Heaven*
by C. Charles Bley

years ago raised
thrown into confusion
problems people problems

pleased about a good thing
kindly entirely and difficult
life between the masses

getting closer there
looked up at Heaven
the most important

to trust A party
loved victorious
without knowing

twists Our treasure
an ear and more
the deeper mind
the duty assigned



*The full article "Popular Sentiment Is Will of Heaven" originally appeared 2.28.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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