July 25, 2020

No Place To Land

From The Sound Mind by Floyd Smith (author's profile)

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No Place to Land

ACT 4

da'Kid - Where is everybody going Brah?

Parallaxboi - I think somebody said they are about to lock us all down over this COVID-19 virus spread, so if we came out tomorrow, I'll be out there cool?

da-Kid - I was hella late because I just got a new cellie, they made me move because my old cellie just got paroled, and a bus just pulled up. I ain't met my new cellie yet, I just moved in, left at one time for him and got out there, this is me, see you tomorrow.

Parallaxboi - Or more like right now because I'm in this cell, I'm your new cellie?

da-kid - I already know, I ain't got no hang ups on the gay thang so...

Parallaxboi and da-Kid are locked in the cell when they overhear the guards over the P.A. system announce that the entire prison is on quarantine due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

da-Kid - We all should've seen that coming, wile I get situated I should tell you that I snore, bust down at 4, and I read out-loud, and I love to read, so hope you get some good headphones. I'm about to get into Egypt, oh, snap, was it gay people in Ancient Egypt?

Parallaxboi - Gotta few thangs you can read on that and you have a lot of quick energy, let me chill, lay back while you take the floor to get situated, that shower earlier before I spoke on the yard was soooo cool, I'll catch some zzzzz's.

da-Kid - I should be done by standing count time at 4.

Parallaxboi - You ain't gotta tip toe, I'm chillin, but I will doze off. Oh, here it is, some pages copied out of Gay Gods of The Ancient World, or 54 Gay Gods, not sure, it's in here, so at 4, you read, I'll cook up something bet?

da-Kid - Bet, ooooh, what tha?

ACT 5

After sleep, count time and a short meal, da-Kid jumps down from his bunk.

da-Kid - When we was coming in from the yard, I noticed SWERVO watching you with me, soooo, will he be all up in here? Ok...

Parallaxboi - Nope, not a mind reader, we good, but not like what you mean.

da-Kid - Don't nobody knew about me, well, now, except for you, most people just see me as "The Young Nerd" and the older dudes be on some anti-homo shit, so I just stay at my books, and I got something to ask you that I don't feel OK asking them about.

Parallaxboi - don't tell me, Ancient Egypt?

da-Kid - Fouuurrr the Life of me, I've been lookin in everything around here, the library, zero, not one word about gay Egyptians.

Parallaxboi - Look, I got something for ya, check this out right here, Young Bro, it's sad because when black people come to prison, they make Egyptians Black Kemetic without adding to vast evidence of all sorts of sexual situation-ships that they spend years trying to say "the White Man" imported into Africa.

da-Kid - whoa, this is crazy, like to said, I'm a loud reader, thanks, Bro, let me get at it.

Parallaxboi - Like Pac told Danny Boy, "do yo thang son". Background you up with the Egyptian trap type beats, let's get it.

da-Kid - reading outloud.....

Parallaxboi - With this Epilogue, we draw attention to the difference between sexual deviance, and sexual identity, and the sexual morality disposition that we hold unfairly against gay people, for example, we are so confident that male child molesters are homosexual, yet, when a male molest a female child, or rapes a female, nobody says that he did it because he's heterosexual, nobody, no police, no judge, no pastor, no psychologist, no parent, no Iman, no homie, not even you, and that's a liberated fact.

This play is based on a collection of real-time experiences throughout incarcerative culture in the State of California I specifically extracted the multiple acts of violence that has been normalized here, and left the portions of dialogue that remain invisible.

Names have been changed to maintain the clarity of trust, as we debate, play sports, do hair, study hard, teach, learn and be free, in the land of the slaves, broken, and at the end of the day, still sleep. I love you, and know that I mean you no harm, that's not who I am, my wings, my wings may get tired with pain most of you are unable to stand, so when you see me coming, don't flinch brotha, for I'm merely looking for a place to land.

- Parallaxboi

The End

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tevans Posted 4 months ago. ✓ Mailed 3 months, 3 weeks ago   Favorite
Thanks for writing! I finished the transcription for your post. Interesting analogy. Keep writing!!

Floyd Smith Posted 3 months ago.   Favorite
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Julia Posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago. ✓ Mailed 2 months, 2 weeks ago   Favorite
No Place to Land

ACT 4

da'Kid - Where is everybody going Brah?

Parallaxboi - I think somebody said they are about to lock us all down over this COVID-19 virus spread, so if we came out tomorrow, I'll be out there cool?

da-Kid - I was hella late because I just got a new cellie, they made me move because my old cellie just got paroled, and a bus just pulled up. I ain't met my new cellie yet, I just moved in, left at one time for him and got out there, this is me, see you tomorrow.

Parallaxboi - Or more like right now because I'm in this cell, I'm your new cellie?

da-kid - I already know, I ain't got no hang ups on the gay thang so...

Parallaxboi and da-Kid are locked in the cell when they overhear the guards over the P.A. system announce that the entire prison is on quarantine due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

da-Kid - We all should've seen that coming, wile I get situated I should tell you that I snore, bust down at 4, and I read out-loud, and I love to read, so hope you get some good headphones. I'm about to get into Egypt, oh, snap, was it gay people in Ancient Egypt?

Parallaxboi - Gotta few thangs you can read on that and you have a lot of quick energy, let me chill, lay back while you take the floor to get situated, that shower earlier before I spoke on the yard was soooo cool, I'll catch some zzzzz's.

da-Kid - I should be done by standing count time at 4.

Parallaxboi - You ain't gotta tip toe, I'm chillin, but I will doze off. Oh, here it is, some pages copied out of Gay Gods of The Ancient World, or 54 Gay Gods, not sure, it's in here, so at 4, you read, I'll cook up something bet?

da-Kid - Bet, ooooh, what tha?

ACT 5

After sleep, count time and a short meal, da-Kid jumps down from his bunk.

da-Kid - When we was coming in from the yard, I noticed SWERVO watching you with me, soooo, will he be all up in here? Ok...

Parallaxboi - Nope, not a mind reader, we good, but not like what you mean.

da-Kid - Don't nobody knew about me, well, now, except for you, most people just see me as "The Young Nerd" and the older dudes be on some anti-homo shit, so I just stay at my books, and I got something to ask you that I don't feel OK asking them about.

Parallaxboi - don't tell me, Ancient Egypt?

da-Kid - Fouuurrr the Life of me, I've been lookin in everything around here, the library, zero, not one word about gay Egyptians.

Parallaxboi - Look, I got something for ya, check this out right here, Young Bro, it's sad because when black people come to prison, they make Egyptians Black Kemetic without adding to vast evidence of all sorts of sexual situation-ships that they spend years trying to say "the White Man" imported into Africa.

Julia Posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago. ✓ Mailed 2 months, 2 weeks ago   Favorite
da-Kid - whoa, this is crazy, like to said, I'm a loud reader, thanks, Bro, let me get at it.

Parallaxboi - Like Pac told Danny Boy, "do yo thang son". Background you up with the Egyptian trap type beats, let's get it.

da-Kid - reading outloud.....

Parallaxboi - With this Epilogue, we draw attention to the difference between sexual deviance, and sexual identity, and the sexual morality disposition that we hold unfairly against gay people, for example, we are so confident that male child molesters are homosexual, yet, when a male molest a female child, or rapes a female, nobody says that he did it because he's heterosexual, nobody, no police, no judge, no pastor, no psychologist, no parent, no Iman, no homie, not even you, and that's a liberated fact.

This play is based on a collection of real-time experiences throughout incarcerative culture in the State of California I specifically extracted the multiple acts of violence that has been normalized here, and left the portions of dialogue that remain invisible.

Names have been changed to maintain the clarity of trust, as we debate, play sports, do hair, study hard, teach, learn and be free, in the land of the slaves, broken, and at the end of the day, still sleep. I love you, and know that I mean you no harm, that's not who I am, my wings, my wings may get tired with pain most of you are unable to stand, so when you see me coming, don't flinch brotha, for I'm merely looking for a place to land.

- Parallaxboi

The End

Julia Posted 1 month ago.   Favorite
Dear Xzyzst,
I am just looking at 8 copies of NPTL 1 zines, will send them tomorrow Monday is the plan. I hope this little message reaches you well and sound. Talking about sound, I am just listening to a best of 1989 lp and Mister Rose sings about Paradise city. Oh my! Beach Boys Kokomo, De la with me myself and I and Neneh Cherry Buffalo Stance. Milli Vanilli? Roxette? Lambada? I remember I was on holiday at my godfathers place in a little village in France and they played Kaoma, Lambada and I thought, this must be some music for this small place, only to come home and it's a big hit in Germany too... It was mostly a hit in Europe, don't know if it reached your ears?
Big hug! Ju

Julia Posted 1 month ago.   Favorite
Okay, just have to add this amazing story (there is at the moment discussion about giving back stolen art to africa, there is also a man from Congo who visits museums and takes art, but in a way he get caught, he was in Nijmegen, now he is arrested in Paris...) article:
These ‘Bad Beuys’ Stole an Artwork by Joseph Beuys From Germany—and Gave It to a Tanzanian Museum as a Comment on Colonial Plunder
The brazen group of German artists have even created a video documenting their actions.

Kate Brown, October 23, 2020

A German artist collective stole a Joseph Beuys artwork from a Münster museum and gave it to an institution in Tanzania—and made a rollicking video about their stunt.

The collective, Frankfurter Hauptschule, say they stole Beuys’s Capri-Batterie as a comment on European imperialism and the forced transfer of objects from the African continent into German collections during the colonial era.

The work, which was taken from an exhibition at the Oberhausen City Theater, belongs to the LWL Museum of Art and Culture. It has since been handed over to the Museum Iringa Boma.

A goofy and satirical video, set to the Toto song “Africa,” records masked figures stealing the artwork and taking it, via plane, to Tanzania. Before the handover, the artists tour around in safari-clothing and perform a dance in the rain with the Beuys work before giving it up to the Museum Iringa Boma and representatives of the Hehe tribe.
In a description accompanying the video, the artists write that, during German colonial rule in East African, “art objects, cultural assets and skulls of Hehe leaders were stolen from Iringa and brought to Germany.”

But Hermann Arnold, director of the LWL Museum, says he is “very dismayed” by the incident.
“We expect the Oberhausen City Theater and the curators to treat the works of art in the exhibition responsibly and to work together in a sincere and transparent manner,” he told German press. The theater has filed a police report, and confirmed to German media that the work, which is a sculptural multiple and part of a 200-plus edition, was missing.

In an sternly worded email claiming responsibility, a spokesperson from Frankfurter Hauptschule denied that the act was criminal.

“You call that theft? You teach your children that stealing is evil and then you exhibit stolen goods, appropriated by force, in your museums,” the spokesperson said. “You say that the stolen items cannot be returned because people in Africa are barbarians, who are unable to properly handle them, while masses of non-inventoried looted art are molding away in the cellars of German museums.”

Julia Posted 1 month ago.   Favorite
The Tanzanian museum’s managing director, Jan Küver, tells Artnet News that he welcomes the work within its collection, adding that it reverses “the historical relationship of looting culture and art.” He added that the project is a plea “for the return of human remains and cultural artifacts of the Hehe people that are still in custody of German museums.”

Asked about the police report filed by the theater, Küver acknowledged the work may need to be returned.“We know that it may be a delicate issue to receive such an important art piece,” he says. “But I believe it will have played its part” upon its return.

Scholar Adam Blackler, an expert on German colonialism, says that the video will “almost certainly generate more discussion about the controversies surrounding colonial artifacts [and] repatriation.”

“Germany’s long and violent colonial history in Africa stubbornly remains an under-discussed topic in both public and scholarly forums,” he tells Artnet News.

The artist collective, which includes around 20 people members, is known for making provocative political gestures. In 2019, the group covered the home of the famed German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to protest against writings of his that they say poeticizes rape.

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The work is basically a light bulb and a lemon. Their name is a parody of The Frankfurt School (German: Frankfurter Schule) that was a school of social theory and critical philosophy associated with the Institute for Social Research, at Goethe University Frankfurt.
A Hauptschule is a secondary school in Germany, starting after four years of elementary schooling (Grundschule), which offers Lower Secondary Education (Level 2) according to the International Standard Classification of Education. Any student who attends a German elementary school can go to a Hauptschule or Gesamtschule, while students who want to attend a Realschule or Gymnasium need to have good marks in order to do so.
thank you wikipedia.
big huuuuug!

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