Wednesday, April 10, 2013

the most beautiful songs

On Audio --> Here

the obscurest birds
the most beautiful songs.

Like a child,
placing blocks,
letters faded, atop another.

Oh . . . so carefully.

Or in the kitchen,
where one woman,
with her hair tied back,
and silently hums to herself,
her family, waiting,
in the other room.

And the man,
viewing his child below him,
placing worn blocks with such intent
then shifting his gaze to the back of his wife,
in the kitchen,

And there is no music.

No words are spoken.

It is simply understood
that sometimes
the obscurest birds


the most beautiful songs.


© Susan Marie and Shivpreet Singh

*Shiv said to me, "Sometimes the obscurest birds sing the most beautiful songs."  

Monday, April 8, 2013

2013 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

According to the website, "The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is a regional two-day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares."

Attending and performing at the fair in 2013 proved to be one of the most outstanding weekends I have experienced in a long time. Held yearly at Karpeles Manuscript Library and Museum in Buffalo, New York, 2013 was the first time the book fair was a two day event. This event is free and open to the public. 

This year there were over 4,500 visitors with events beginning on Thursday evening to kick start the weekend, 25 poets reading at the event on Saturday, bookmaking workshops for children and adults on Sunday, two after parties on Saturday, over 27 main sponsors of the event, and over 122 vendors.

The entire list of vendors can be seen here --> Participate

Photos of the museum and vendors can be seen here --> Photos

I were lucky enough to read at the event

The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is an integral event for Western New York, as Buffalo is, literally, the epicenter of poetry, literature, and the arts. This event utilizes the historic buildings in Buffalo, as well as providing the independent author, artist and press a place to sell their books, crafts, photography, and various fine works of art. 

If you missed the event this year, you must attend in 2014. If you wish to vend during and/or sponsor the event, get on the mailing list HERE as it fills up quickly. 

Thank you to Chris Fritton for managing to make the 2013 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair a massive success. 

See you next year!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NYS Senators, NYS Assembly: Restore the Cut to Western New York Disabled Services [OPWDD]

Senator David Carlucci and this petition below are linked HERE, with over 15,000 signatures. Thank you to all supporters, unfortunately this was voted against.

Action Needed Before March 31st !

Please sign, share and hit the "email contacts' link on the petition


52 million dollars is being considered by NYS Senate & Assembly to be spent on Ralph Wilson Stadium [sports] and Television while cutting essential disabled educational services in Western New York like Starlight Studio. The Learning Disabilities Association of Western New York has already taken massive cuts, please share, sign and make a difference in the lives of people that need disabled services.

There is an effort being coordinated by groups representing voluntary agencies serving the developmentally disabled regarding the 4.5% cut. This effort amounts to calling Majority party members in both houses to urge them to vote against the 4.5% OPWDD voluntary cut in the budget proposed by their leaders. To do this, we want them to speak on behalf and vote for a "hostile amendment" which the Minority Parties in both houses will propose.

Again, we need as many Majority Party members as possible to make a big issue of this on the floor of both houses for the leaders, the Governor and the press to see. Minority Party members are expected to vote for the amendment. The aim of this amendment is to generate pressure through the many rank and file members who were genuinely supportive of full restoration.

The issue: Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - Senators spend most of the night on Tuesday into Wednesday making tough decisions on the state budget. The big issue was the $90 million cuts to the disabled.

Taking away funds would cut services for thousand of people across Western New York. One program that will be affected is at the Starlight Studio. It is an art program for the disabled that allows them to use their talent to communicate. For many people, art is the only way of expressing their feelings. Experts said cutting these programs could lead to major frustration and anxiety for the disabled.

"We all care about the developmentally disabled and we want to improve the quality of life for them and their families. We did our best to minimize their pain. We minimized the cuts from six to four in a half," Senator Kathleen Marchione said.

Another concern for those against the cuts is that there are millions of dollars going toward entertainment, yet taking away from the disabled. In the budget, about $52 million will go toward the renovations of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. There will also be about $5 million going to move "The Tonight Show" from its home in Los Angeles to New York City. Many people feel the state is putting entertainment before the disabled and other important programs.

The budget will head to the State Assembly where it will be debated. It is expected to pass before the March 31st deadline.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Free Event April 6th and 7th 

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Make Yourself Better : A Book Review

    Written by Philip Weeks, published by Singing Dragon, "Make Yourself Better : A Practical Guide to Restoring Your Body's Wellbeing through Ancient Medicine" covers various disorders a human being can experience ranging from spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. Philip manages to cover extensive medical background regarding the human body, how each system operates and how a dysfunction in each system and organ affects our bodies and minds. Philip provides an extensive holistic guide in order to improve each system, if a disorder arises, as well as simply staying healthy. 

    The most important aspect of this reference guide are the chapters on stress, the kidneys and adrenal glands. Stress is, generally, the root of all dysfunction. Philip includes precise, yet simple to purchase and accomplish, holistic ways to cleanse the body of built up toxins for every organ and body system.

    As an expert on natural medicine, nutrition, a Master Herbalist and acupuncturist, Philip does state that if one is to detoxify the body, to make sure it is healthy to do so and observed by a medical doctor first. Such precautions are essential, as all of our bodies function differently.

    Guided by Eastern Medicine and applying Western Medicine, the author provides a full account of how and why the body acts the way it does, as well as realistic solutions to rid the body of already present toxins and to avoid and dispel potential illness.

    This volume is a must read for those who have no understanding of Eastern Medicine, holistic practice and the ways in which our bodies and minds function. Medically, the book is extensive in explaining, yet in simple terms, every single system and organ. 

    A pleasant and shocking surprise, one will enjoy learning how "everyday" things adversely affect us, often without our knowledge. 

    More importantly, after understanding your body, checking with your physician and understanding the content Philip provides, "Make Yourself Better" includes various ways to help yourself

    Visit Philip's Website :  Make Yourself Better

    Saturday, March 9, 2013

    For Lahore, Badami Bagh, and Joseph Colony

    For Lahore, Badami Bagh, and Joseph Colony : 

    "Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace" by All Angels 
    on audio, not video, just click link, no download:  

    God Bless and Peace.

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    I Am Kashmir

    I Am Kashmir 

    Dedicated to Shaheed Tahir from Baramulla


    ya hear that?

    another round
    locked, and loaded

    where boys,
    are forced to be

    and women
    are raped

    and children,

    until a bullet hits the skin
    piercing within
    the gentle flesh that God made

    My skin is worn
    my heart,
    and my mind,
    must constantly evade
    the darkness

    Yet I am light
    and my spirit

    it IS strong

    it flies with the midnight moon
    chasing stars
    faster than the speed of light
    stronger than the wind
    more powerful than the sun herself

    celestial majestic divinity . . .


    I am


    © Susan Marie 2013

    * CNN yanked this off of my professional media profile today. This young man, Shaheed Tahir died in Indian occupied Kashmir this week.

    Saturday, March 2, 2013

    Quietly, dying

    "The world is a prison for the believer .  .  . " - pbuh

    There are times
    i awake
    and the day
    she greets me

    In all her wondrous glory

    And i am grateful
    for solitary breath
    for limbs
    that work perfectly
    for the sun
    when she shines
    rain as it falls
    and for birds, 

    endlessly trilling
    outside my window

    And there are times
    when i simply wish
    to close my eyes
    to sleep eternal

    A most peaceful rest,
    one of absolute divinity
    where i need not think,
    eat, nor breathe

    An existence
    where i am truly one
    with all of creation

    Where I am more than energy
    more than the speed of light
    stronger than the sun
    and the stars

    as they shine their weary smiles
    upon me now.


    I wish to be the Great Frontier
    its grasslands plenty
    horses, wild, free
    trees, untouched by man

    My spirit,
    the heartbeat
    of wild buffalo

    This place exists
    in my heart
    and I am
    a sentient being




    © Susan Marie 2013 

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

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    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Birth of a Poem

    First Published: 

    We Speak News [India] 

    The News Tribe [Pakistan]