Tuesday, 12 of December of 2017

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Dennis Fritzinger – Pirate Whaling In ’73

Pablo Neruda and wife Delia

They dug up Pablo Neruda’s bones. A judge improvised a ceremony…

They wanted to know how he died. The whales, Victor Jara, Allende and Pablo Neruda died. Their legends live on!

From BBC News April 12th 2013: “The family of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda has agreed to send his remains to a laboratory in the United States for toxicology tests. His body was exhumed on Monday by the authorities in Chile in an effort to determine whether his death was caused by poisoning.”

The poet was a close friend of the overthrown Chilean president, Salvador Allende. He died aged 69 just 12 days after Gen Pinochet’s coup.

A close aide said the left-wing poet was given a lethal injection on Gen Pinochet’s orders, but his family maintains the cause of death was cancer.”

it figures–
whaling would be going on
land of enlightenment–
where victor jara was enlightened
by having the fingers of both hands
brutally chopped off with an axe,
where allende was enlightened
to the realities of CIA politics
by a military overthrow–
where the secret police
rushed into neruda’s apartment
g1_u6937_neruda3young20sminutes after he was dead
“of cancer”–
now the palmy star #3
operates off chile’s coast,
chile herself long
as the backbone of a whale–
killing blue whales, right whales
and humpbacks, those magnificent singers
(like victor jara, another singer)–
what do they sing about, i wonder,
in the waters of antarctica?
pirate whaling is big business-
not only chile but peru,
not only south america but africa–
and japan, japan
sucking it all up like a ghoul
at a feast of bodies lying in state,
still in magnificent kimonos
and jeweled hairpins still in their hair.

Dennis Fritzinger – September 25th, 1973

Dennis Fritzinger – Walking the Star Road

walkin’ jim,
constantly traveling
through his life,
sets out.
like Coyote,
he shoots one arrow
after another
up high,
and climbs
the bridge of arrows
to the end of the star road.
he takes a step,
nervous at first,
then more sure-footedly.
the star road
stretches out, inviting.
he remembers it
from somewhere, but where?
soon he forgets
to ask such questions,
in this new adventure
he’s sure
he’ll never get tired of.

Dennis Fritzinger

Just passing along the sad news. Walkin’ Jim will be missed…

From: “Leslie Stoltz”
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2010 08:19:05 -0600
To: Leslie Stoltz
Subject: passing on news about Jim

Everyone, With great sadness we share with you news of Jim’s death. Jim died at midnight last night. His best friend and former wife Leslie was with him. Jim’s health status, including organ failure and extreme difficulty in breathing, deteriorated very very rapidly.

Jim’s two sisters and brother are en route to Helena . The shortness of time simply did not allow them to make travel arrangements and complete their journey before Jim died. Jim’s inordinately quick death leaves all of us somewhat stunned but such is the nature of cancer.

Jim had a great day on Friday. He laughed with those fortunate enough to spend time with him and inspired us as we looked out on a magnificent blue sky and the beautiful Big Belt Mountains . Jim loved the fellowship and deeply valued being part of our community. He was very fond of all of you and found great comfort in your company. Your warmth and welcome gave Jim the community he always wanted and found in the fellowship.

Jim was beloved by all of us and the thousands of children and others with whom he shared his deep understanding, profound respect, and unconditional love of nature.

Jim’s body is being cremated per his wishes. A memorial service involving the fellowship is in the offing. As you know, numerous tasks come with Jim’s death and will be attended to in the coming days. Of course, we will keep you apprised as things evolve.

All of you made a wonderful difference in Jim’s life as he did in ours. We know that Jim’s music and friendship will live on in our memories as we turn now to celebrating Jim’s life. Be gentle with yourselves and others.

Peg and Patrick, Leslie

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