Brian Kim Stefans
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Works in Los Angeles, California United States of America

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Brian Kim Stefans teaches digital literature and twentith century poetry at UCLA. He is the author of the books of poems What is Said the Poet Concerning Flowers (2006) and Kluge: A Meditation (2007), along with Before Starting Over: Essays and Interviews (2008) and Fashionable Noise: On Digital Poetics (2003), among other works. His digital works are collected at arras.net.
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March 12, 2003

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There were some glitches in the notifications sent from the blog so
some of you were receiving tons of repetitive emails from us... sorry.
New policy: no emails from Circulars unless it's cumulative accounts
like the following list of new stories (or if the house is on fire).

News: the site has been averaging about 2,000 hits a day, sometimes
peaking at 3,000+. It also has a search engine. I'll be rearranging
the categories and such things to make it more cogent.

Thanks to all of you who have appreciative emails about the site, and
apologies if some of the links and stories sent in have not made it up
in a timely fashion.

Please try to pass this email on to friends of yours who want to test
our eclectic mix of plagiarized news stories, tasteless political
humor, the most obtuse (but best) political poetry out there and a
really, really lively comments section -- I highly recommend perusing
through it.

Following is a list of some of the items from the present homepage.
I'm too tired right now to write anything more than this bland preamble
but so be it. Take care.

Letter of Resignation by John H. Brown, Foreign Service Officer
http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000314.html#000314
To: Secretary of State Colin Powell
March 10, 2003
Dear Mr. Secretary:
I am joining my colleague John Brady Kiesling in submitting my
resignation from the Foreign Service (effective immediately) because I
cannot in good conscience support President Bush's war plans against
Iraq.

BAGHDAD SNAPSHOT ACTION: Court Appearance
http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000313.html#000313
So, Emilie and Lytle, who were arrested for posting pictures of Iraqis
in Soho, will have their day in court tomorrow morning at the Criminal
Court of Manhattan. The Baghdad Snapshot Action Crew will be their to
support them. You should show up with your friends and support them
too. Info below...

Charles Bernstein: Enough!
http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000312.html#000312
In these difficult times, let us not draw away from our poetics in an
attempt to redress the ominous possibilities of future U.S. government
policies or the onerous effects of current government policies. As
poets, we need to pursue our own forms of ethical and aesthetic
response rather than engage in the sort of pronouncement by fiat and
moral presumption of President Bush and his partisans.

UPI: Pentagon Papers Leaker Seeks Leaks on Iraq
http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000311.html#000311
WASHINGTON -- Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 leaked the Pentagon Papers,
on Tuesday called on government officials to leak documents to Congress
and the press showing the Bush administration is lying in building its
case against Saddam Hussein.

Gothic News: New Bush Portrait Found Hanging Upside Down from Mount
Rushmore
http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000307.html#000307
(Gothic News Service, 3/10/03) Early Sunday morning visitors to Mount
Rushmore reported that they were astonished to find they could not look
up the 5,725-foot mountain and see the 60-foot high carved stone heads
of U.S Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore
Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Instead, they found themselves looking
at a large painted portrait of President Bush hanging upside down on a
cable stretched several hundred feet between the barely exposed
foreheads of Lincoln and Washington.

Salt Publishing: 100 Poets Against The War
http://www.arras.net/circulars/archives/000301.html#000301
The most talked-about and successful ebook of recent years is published
here for the first time in paperback. '100 Poets Against The War,

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March 7, 2003

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3/22: NYC MARCH AGAINST WAR ON IRAQ

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United for Peace and Justice NYC
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/nyc 646-473-8935
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On Saturday, March 22, New York is marching to stop the war in Iraq.
United for Peace and Justice NYC has applied for a permit, and the
Mayor and the NYPD have pledged to respect our right to march. We are
negotiating with the City over the route, which will be in Midtown
Manhattan.

WHAT: NYC March for Peace and Democracy
WHEN: Noon, Saturday, 3/22
WHERE: Midtown Manhattan

**stickers, posters, & leaflets are now available at the UFPJ office -
details below**

We only have two weeks to get the word out. Here's how to plug in:

1) MATERIALS NOW AVAILABLE
Spread the word about the 3/22 Anti-War March at anti-war events, in
front of subway stations, outside movie theaters, anywhere people
congregate!

A bilingual (English/Spanish) leaflet is available for downloading at:
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/nyc

Leaflets, stickers, and posters are now available at the UFPJ office,
330 W. 42nd Street, 8th fl., 646-473-8935; weekdays 9-7, weekends 12-5.

[note: we will be housed in new offices on the 15th floor beginning
Monday -- we enormously grateful to SEIU 1199 for continuing to provide
us with space]

Leafleting materials are also available at these distribution centers:

MANHATTAN
Cooper Square: 61 E. 4th St.; weekdays 9-5; 212-228-8210
Green Party office: 35 E. 1st St. (betw 1st & 2nd Ave). weekdays
5:30-9:30pm; weekends 11-7; 212-673-1323.

BROOKLYN
House of the Lord Church: 415 Atlantic Ave (materials should arrive by
Friday afternoon); Mon-Fri 10-7, Sat 10-4 (call first on Saturdays);
718-596-1991.

More distribution centers will be added soon. If you are interested in
leafleting or setting up a distribution center in your neighborhood,
contact the street leafleting coordinator, Erich Strom, at
erichstrom@mindspring.com or 646-473-8935.

2) VOLUNTEER PIZZA PARTY & MEETING
Come to the Volunteer Pizza Party and Planning Meeting on Friday (March
7th), 6:30pm at the UFPJ office: 330 W 42nd St., betw 8-9th Aves., 8th
floor, 646-473-8935. Bring your friends!

If you can't make it to the meeting, drop by the office to pick up
materials and join in with our massive leafleting campaigns.

3) OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
* Organizing listserve (low-volume, announcements only):
ufpjnyc-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
* Volunteers listserve (average one email per day, containing specific
requests for volunteer assistance)
nycvolunteers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
* Outreach working group: ufpj-nyc-outreach-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
* Musicians, street performers, artists: contact Arts & Culture working
group: thomasg@speakeasy.net or greenelent@earthlink.net

IF WAR BEGINS >>>
Converge on Times Square at 5pm on the day the bombing starts (the next
day if bombing begins at night)

TO RECEIVE UPDATES LIKE THIS ONE, VISIT
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/email.php
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To unsubscribe or update your listing go to:
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/email.php?id2469&token

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February 28, 2003

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BKS: A Mini-Anthology of Anti-War Poems

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[I've just received in the mail the O Books anthology <i>enough</i>, a
collection of poems and statements assembled in the wake of 9/11. I'm
sticking five up withought permission because I like them, but also as
advertisement for the book, which is available at <a
href="http://www.spdbooks.org">Small Press Distribution</a>. I regret
not being able to include a longer piece by Ibrahim Mahawi, a
Palestinian-Scot, but it is three pages of prose.]

Rod Smith

TED

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February 28, 2003

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BKS: A Mini-Anthology of Anti-War Poems

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[I've just received in the mail the O Books anthology <i>enough</i>, a
collection of poems and statements assembled in the wake of 9/11. I'm
sticking five up withought permission because I like them, but also as
advertisement for the book, which is available at <a
href="http://www.spdbooks.org">Small Press Distribution</a>. I regret
not being able to include a longer piece by Ibrahim Mahawi, a
Palestinian-Scot, but it is three pages of prose.]

Rod Smith

TED

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February 28, 2003

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U.S. Diplomat John Brady Kiesling: Letter of Resignation

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<a href="http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0227-13.htm">U.S.
Diplomat's Letter of Resignation</a>

by John Brady Kiesling

<i>The following is the text of John Brady Kiesling's letter of
resignation to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. Mr. Kiesling is a
career diplomat who has served in United States embassies from Tel Aviv
to Casablanca to Yerevan.</i>

Dear Mr. Secretary:

I am writing you to submit my resignation from the Foreign Service of
the United States and from my position as Political Counselor in U.S.
Embassy Athens, effective March 7. I do so with a heavy heart. The
baggage of my upbringing included a felt obligation to give something
back to my country. Service as a U.S. diplomat was a dream job. I was
paid to understand foreign languages and cultures, to seek out
diplomats, politicians, scholars and journalists, and to persuade them
that U.S. interests and theirs fundamentally coincided. My faith in my
country and its values was the most powerful weapon in my diplomatic
arsenal.

It is inevitable that during twenty years with the State Department I
would become more sophisticated and cynical about the narrow and
selfish bureaucratic motives that sometimes shaped our policies. Human
nature is what it is, and I was rewarded and promoted for understanding
human nature. But until this Administration it had been possible to
believe that by upholding the policies of my president I was also
upholding the interests of the American people and the world. I believe
it no longer.

The policies we are now asked to advance are incompatible not only with
American values but also with American interests. Our fervent pursuit
of war with Iraq is driving us to squander the international legitimacy
that has been America