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Mobile Debate

I had an idea… it's a strech, but what if – that famous what if – in the city where government sleeps, sometimes they get a coffee. What if there were a network of guerrilla poets that were mobilized for impromptu mobile debates with representatives and their aides? The every-man-joe spotter TXTS a number and everyone gets a who and where of the Important Person. Techno-guerrilla poetry assaults on those who make the rules.

And what if you got them to come out to the people and experience the world the way we do? Ok, maybe that's a pipe-dream, but I bet even bush could get down w/ a Guerrilla Party.

I one saw Joe Liberman and his old lady walking on R and 34th in Georgetown w/ Starbucks cups in their hand and while I was, for the first time ever, speechless with mouth agape as I rolled my window, it occurs to me that maybe someone else wouldn't have been and had I been able to tell everyone who I saw and where, perhaps they might have heard a message in a way that resonated with them.

Just a thought.

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  1. This is sort of the idea we had when first launching the poetry insurgency. The bi-weekly lyrical ambushes at DuPont Circle were intended as a training ground of sorts through which poets could learn how to hold attention on the street, which they could then deploy more assertively.

    Comment by shahid — November 29, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

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