Maybe we should start
with the first Amerindians
wanting not to let in the warful
Would we have a Mattachine/Daughters of Bilitis Room
to remember that not everyone
acceded and agreed, receded and agreed
in 1950’s safe amerika
Two four 6 8
Gay is just as good as straight
One 2 3 four
We don’t want your blanking war
How about a simulated Dean’s office
for all those taken over
when that meant something
when words and music were allowed to mean
A Washington background
with an open roof
so we can simulate rain snow heat
to the marches of the masses
On staff, we will have some
with sticks of night and cuffs for hand
and sprays to blinden and deaden
There should be some undercovers
grungy and mumbling
when time is ripe
The battle in Seattle
Biodemocracy whenever it occurs
Protest Left, Protest Right
Protest time still moving
This will be a Museum
to remember when there was protest
when it was allowed
not just because it was meaningless
The First MNAP, of course
will lead to more
maybe a chain
maybe a memory
of when the times were more desperate
and fears made you act
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.
what a great poem. means so much especially today