Wednesday, 22 of November of 2017

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Dennis Fritzinger – Pirate Whaling In ’73

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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.”

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Pablo
 
 
 
chile!
it figures–
whaling would be going on
there,
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


Bill Yake – Feeding, The Whales Of Hecate Strait

roll and roil in the chop where krill & herring
crackle, spat out of the sea in exhilarating
terror – an awful hailstorm of food churning
among sleek whale fuselages that flex,
rise, and slew ecstatically to feast in
mile-long bands
on the blood-ochre
of rising crustacean-clouds.

Lit by the flash of herring,
the humpbacks revel in a
massage of frenzied food;
gulp, sigh and say their
grace and gratitude with grunts,
groans and James Brown hallelujah shouts.

The feast of whales continues as we depart for Rose Harbour where whales like these were once flensed, dismembered, and rendered. Near rusting machinery a small plaque faces the harbor:
 
“IN MEMORY OF THE CHINESE AND JAPANESE
WHO DIED IN THE EMPLOY OF
CONSOLIDATED WHALING
BETWEEN 1925 AND 1941.”


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