Category Archives: headlines

headlines: april’s last day remixes on the same old song

Dear Readers,

You can do it, I know you can.  Another deep and yet not deep enough day in the news. Keep reading for today’s Hip Hop based commentary on the New York Times headlines by Political Poet Naxal.  That’s me.  I flips the news like you never seen.  Enjoy.

Short Riffs: Headlines Remixed

Note: The following poems are found art, based on gleaning words from April 30, 2007, Section A headlines and Ad banners, which are news in their own way (ie. because they paid).


4.30.07 #1

All the News/That’s Fit to Print/Rule Out a/Quiet/Search for Faith


4.30.07 #2

Expensive/Open Secret/Iraq Violence/U.S./Seeks to Persuade/Avoid/Collapses/Flowing/Loss


4.30.07 #3 (ads)

I Need Your Diamonds/Cultured Pearls/Golden Fleece/Dare To Wear/Custom Clothing/What Are You Made Of?/Make Bids/Own the Room/Matter


4.30.07 #4 (ads and headlines)

In/War/New York’s Premier/Classes/Search/Seek/Turn to/Creating a/Chanel-Cartier-Gucci-Louis Vutton-Brooks Brothers/Stir


4.30.07 #4

P.E. Classes Turn to Video Game/Reliable/Fake/Health Plan/That Works Legs, Not Thumbs


 4.30.07 #5

Quiet/Candidate/Learns/Talks/Common/Conversations Like These Sell Out Fast/Democrats/An Unlikely/Institution/Obama Keeps His Faith Close/Audacity and Hope/Test Drive/America’s/Rule


Stay tuned for more up to date news from political poet Naxal.




headlines: catholics, democracy, and still, i read the news today

Dear Readers,

Another deep and yet not deep enough day in the news. Keep reading for today’s Hip Hop based commentary on the New York Times headlines by Political Poet Naxal. That’s me. I flips the news like you never seen. Almost on the Daily. Enjoy.

Table of Contents:
1. A Note to Mah Faithful (cuz I been gone)
2. A Series of Shorts Based On Words Off the Front Page
3. Check Out the United States Social Forum (a link for now and more to come from Yay Area activist Naxal)

1. Note to Mah Faithful

Hi kids. I’m home. I’m back after a whirlwind of the soul coupla months. Father has cancer. Mom has parkinsons. Brother is struggling to recall how to relate deeply (read: at all) with family. So I had to go under for a bit. Into the wave pits of my soul to come back and say hello. HELLO!!! I LOVE TO SCREAM.

2. A Series of Shorts Based On Words Off Today’s NYT Front Page (By Naxal):


A Conservative Faces A Socialist
Gonzales, Gay Marriage, the Environment
a Plea Deal
Korean student
Concern…Held Back Until After Firing
Specter Critical of Gonzales
U.S. Knew…but Kept Silent
U.S. Knew…but Kept Silent


Losing A Bit of Luster
Kept Silent


Maybe It Is All in
Finding the Sweet Spot


Seeking a Return to Normal


Africa’s Crisis of Democracy
All the News Thats Fit to Print
U.S. Knew of China’s Missile Test
Baghdad Wall
Maybe It Is All in His Head


New York


Thanks for tuning in $faithful$ and *new* readers, stay booted up for more.

Oh yeah, and guess what?

After three tries, I won tickets to stoopid ass Club 6 on KPFA! 😉


NAXAL…oh…whut?…u thought I forgot?…About the United States Social Forum?!?…Hell 2 the Nah…


headlines: iran in deep water and split second swimming

Hi Readers,

This is the first online taste of my hip hop based political commentary on New York Times headlines of the day. I chose the NYT, because, for better and worse, it is widely considered the paper of record for this country and beyond. In these journalistic poems, I hope to address the following questions: What can we learn from the news today? And, importantly, what do we FEEL from the day’s most headlined stories? Enjoy.

March 28, 2007

breaking news/
binding shoes/
ancient china to high heeled blues/
walter mosely and the context clues/
at facing race where i started this blog/
ima send this to yall/
breaking news/

breaking news/
breaking you/
down to split seconds/
a water champion named phelps/
beat his own world record/
the australia world swimming competition unfurls/
butterfly on a man vs. man stroke/
and sports aint no joke/
but there is a bit of me/
that wonders at the epitome/
of humanity fixated on a tenth of a second/
when its generations of war we as a whole manage to ignore/
the hardest questions/
the longest war/
me vs. me/
on the four, three, two/

breaking news/
one point seven nautical miles inside iraqi waters/
or 500 yards into iran/
bring on the slaughter/
its a set up/
a let down/
a bumper sticker on the street now/
says im already against the next war/
thats for damn sure/
and the diplomatic contest begins/
with power point maps/
they are making a case/
before the international judges/
we are asked to consider/
coordinates in water/
come up with an answer/
but when do we get to ask questions/
learn lessons from history/
gerrymandered water/
could you tell us the answer/
on the tips of your waves/
form an iranian dancer/
her mantra bends coral reefs softly/
let us go/
let us go.

breaking news/
“i can say that a public slaughtering took place, but there was no reaction from the authorities”/
said a resident of al wahda/
in iraq the police killed willingly/
reprisal is a word reporters define by default/
i dont think punishing a people/
for a suicide bomber makes sense/
whose fault/
when people end it all to no end/
no longer vietnam/
when the buddhist monks ablaze in the square/
compelled the world to a take minute to look war in the face/
i swear/
50 gun shots in new york/
50 killed in al wahda/
in public/
who does this/
and why?

breaking news/
armando ducat jr./
a kindergarden teacher with political connections/
takes his class hostage/
to teach manilla officials a lesson/
pay for their education like a goverment’s supposed/
to do im thinking local crews got similar blues/
when teachers take violent measures/
what does it mean for us on u.s. soil to pay dues?