For Laurie Pollack
For Laurie Pollack, who was twitter attacked by a Neo-Nazi
Resistance is sometimes mandatory, we are in these times
Did anyone in the port city of Trieste speak
when the Riseria di San Sabba became a
prison camp on September 8th, 1943 or on
April 4 of the next year when the crematorium opened
or was it business and busyness as usual
Do we speak, then or act or wonder what to do
when any of “them” are attacked
Jews, Muslims, any form of Immigrants
do we find a way to resist anyone becoming a “them”
becoming an object, no longer a person
Do we still know how to resist
when we think it is enough to keystroke
enough to join a thousand others
on the streets or on the net
enough to do what has become the usual, the expected
Do I know any answers, or only the questions
Do I seriously think my plays or poems
will do or mean
I know resistance is mandatory
and that we are in these times
I do not know where the road next leads
Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders,
The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia
Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading,
The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center,
The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore
The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City,
Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues.
He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including
El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die,
Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet.
This is his first Reading in over a year.
Bob Small was Founder and President of the
two decades old Poets and Prophets,
which presented Poetry Readings
in both Delaware County and Philadelphia.
Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the
First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005).
He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties.
He is the Founder and Facilitator of
The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac),
which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties.,
seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook)
Bob is also a founding member and
Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates,
which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook)
He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance.
Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife
and their menagerie of animals.
He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.