November 30th, 2011


The History You Don't Hear in School

... includes not just the erased accomplishments women, people of color, queerfolk, etc. but also the working class and poor.  Read about labor history and Blair Mountain. 

Blair Mountain and labor's living history

Ninety years on, the coal seams of West Virginia are a
battlefield once more: for working people, the struggle goes

By Clancy Sigal
November 11, 2011

My first time in Westminister Abbey, London, I was taken
inside by a coal miner friend who was down from South Wales
for a brief London holiday. Suitably awed, we gawked at
Poets' Corner, the Coronation Throne, the tombs and effigies
of prelates, admirals, generals and prime ministers - England
in all its majesty and pageantry. Gazing at the Gothic
Revival columns, transepts and amazing fan-vaulted ceiling,
my friend said, "Impressive, isn't it? Of course, it's their
culture not ours."

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See the Paladins!

Check it out!  meeksp made me this lovely icon for my poetic series Path of the Paladins.  Here are Shahana the Paladin and her novice, Ari.  You can read about their adventures on my Serial Poetry page. 

meeksp does regular drawings to pick blog commenters who receive a free icon.  You can also see more of her art on her Mikaspace site.

Poem: "Gallery of Souls"

This is the next perk poem for the 2011 Winterfaire.  (Double back to read the first one, "All in the Family," which is now complete.) All of these activities will unlock a verse each time someone does one of them:

* link to the Winterfaire page to boost the signal
* comment posting a Booth of your wares/services in the Winterfaire
* buy something from a vendor listed in the Winterfaire 
* host a similar holiday market in your own blog or other venue
LiveJournal will notify me of comments to this post and links to it elsewhere on LJ; for everything else, you need to TELL ME in order to get credit for it.  This poem is now complete!

"Gallery of Souls" belongs to the Path of the Paladins series, featuring Shahana and Ari as they visit a town to trade for much-needed supplies.  It follows "Purity" and "Stained."  You can find the other poems about them through the Serial Poetry page.  So far participants include: ladysisyphus, clare_dragonfly, oddriddle, dreamwriteremmy, kyleri

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