RED CORAL

By John Curl

John's Author Site has moved to
johncurl.net



Poems for the 7th World Poetry Festival
Caracas, Venezuela, May 23-29, 2010

where John represented the U.S.A.

Poemas para el Festival





BOOKS by John Curl





For All The People
Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements & Communalism in America



PM Press <www.pmpress.org>

ISBN 978-1-60486-072-6  •  6X9 • Paperback • 506 pages • US History

"It  is indeed inspiring, in the face of all the misguided praise of 'the market', to be reminded by John Curl's book of the noble history of cooperative work in the United States."     Howard Zinn, author of A Peoples History of the United States

“This new edition is greatly welcome, because we need a cooperative movement and spirit more than ever before. Curl surveys all, and explains much. New generations of readers will find this a fascinating account, and aging co-opers like myself will understand better what we did, what we tried to do, where we succeeded and where we failed. Get this book and read it, Curl will do you good.”     Paul Buhle, coeditor Encyclopedia of the American Left, founding editor of SDS Journal Radical America

From the publisher:
With an expansive sweep and breathtaking detail, For All the People examines each of the definitive cooperative movements for social change--farmer, union, consumer, and communalist--that have been all but erased from our collective memory. John Curl, with over forty years of experience as both an active member and scholar of cooperatives, masterfully melds theory, practice, knowledge and analysis, to present the definitive history from below of cooperative America.




a memoir

The first hippie commune of the 1960s
and the Summer of Love



"John Curl’s characters in Memories of Drop City aspire to be ‘100 years’ ahead of the rest of us, but Curl shows, through his highly crafted and brilliant novelistic memoir, that they often succumb to the same social flaws as the rest of us. This might be the most balanced memoir or novel yet published about the Sixties."      Ishmael Reed, National Book Award nominee

"With this compelling evocation and portrayal of breathing people, John Curl unpacks the boxed lunch myth of America’s alternative lifestyle Sixties, and restores the day to day flavor of a deeply fabled era still key to understanding the way we live (and don’t live) now."          Al Young, poet laureate of California



iUniverse    ISBN: 0-595-42343-4






translations and biographies of the poets
by John Curl

Bilingual Press (Arizona State University) ISBN: 1-931010-21-8


A survey of ancient indigenous poetry focused on three pre-conquest American Indian poets.


The Flower Songs
by Nezahualcoyotl (Nahuatl)


The Songs of Dzitbalche
by Ah Bam (Yucatec Maya)


The Sacred Hymns of the Situa
by Pachacuti (Quechua)


With biographies and commentaries on the lives and times of the poets. Each poem is presented in its original language and in translation.




Poetry
Scorched Birth
by John Curl

Beatitude Press ISBN: 0-9759934-3-7
"This is a book of wonders." 
Jack Hirschman
, poet laureate of San Francisco


"A Master Poet who uses language in a remarkable, innovative way, he gives us information on contradictions in the evolving state of human consciousness."
 Mary Rudge, poet laureate of Alameda, CA



Columbus in the Bay of Pigs
a poem of the conquest of America


by John Curl
"Pages of truth that brought sadness to my heart. It will be hard for me to live each daywithout quoting from this book." Dennis Banks, cofounder of American Indian Movement (AIM)

Homeward Press, Berkeley, CA

ONLINE VERSION



Poetry


poetry by John Curl
Homeward Press,


The Trial of

Christopher Columbus

a drama by John Curl


A recreation of events that took place
on the island of Haiti (Hispaniola)
in the year 1500





West Berkeley Artisans and Industrial Companies 

representing the industrial and cultural community in West Berkeley


INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY

POW WOW
the new Holiday

RED CORAL GROTTO
Reply of the Oracle

by Herodotus

Tom Bates and the Secret Government of Berkeley
an article by John Curl

This article is about Mayor Bates, a career politician posing as a progressive, and his destructive effects on the city.
The bulk of the article follows Bates and the rise and fall of the progressive movement in Berkeley city government from the beginning of his career up to the present, based on extensive quotes from Bates’ own oral history and confidential interviews with other players in the political events.

Downloadable pdf HERE

Contact John Curl


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


REVIEWS

For All The People

"It  is indeed inspiring, in the face of all the misguided praise of 'the market', to be reminded by John Curl's book
of the noble history of cooperative work in the United States."    
Howard Zinn, author of A Peoples History of the United States

“This new edition is greatly welcome, because we need a cooperative movement and spirit more than ever before. Curl surveys all, and explains much. New generations of readers will find this a fascinating account, and aging co-opers like myself will understand better what we did, what we tried to do, where we succeeded and where we failed. Get this book and read it, Curl will do you good.”    
Paul Buhle, coeditor of Encyclopedia of the American Left, founding editor of Radical America (SDS).

Memories of Drop City

“John Curl’s characters in Memories of Drop City aspire to be ‘100 years’ ahead of the rest of us, but Curl shows, through his highly crafted and brilliant novelistic memoir, that they often succumb to the same social flaws as the rest of us. This might be the most balanced novel or memoir yet published about the sixties.”
Ishmael Reed, National Book Awards nominee.

“With this compelling evocation and portrayal of breathing people -- the young and not so young, straight and not so straight, political
and not so political, hip and not so hip -- John Curl unpacks the boxed lunch myth of America’s alternative lifestyle Sixties. Memories of Drop City  restores the day to day flavor of a deeply fabled era still key to understanding the way we live (and don’t live) now.”
Al Young, poet laureate of California

“I think Memories of Drop City  is an extraordinary book which brings the Sixties back to life in vivid detail and conveys the spirit of the Sixties better than almost anything else I’ve read.”
Gerald Nicosia, author of Memory Babe

Memories of Drop City  captures the idealism of a generation of flower children who returned to the land seeking peace and by that act committing revolution against the military-industrial state.  John Curl brings these idealists and their demonstrations against war – just as these same idealists to this day demonstrate against the Afghanistan and Iraq wars -- vibrantly to light in a revolution with a smile.  Thanks, John.”
Floyd Salas, author of Tattoo the Wicked Cross


Scorched Birth
Cosmic Athletics
Insurrection/ Resurrection
Ride the Wind



" A Master Poet who uses language in a remarkable, innovative way, he gives us information on contradictions in the evolving state of human consciousness."
 Mary Rudge, poet laureate of Alameda, CA

"What is unique about John's work is the technique he has developed to bridge the gap between poetry of the heart and political rhetoric ... His is the wholistic vision of Whitman, a hologram of fragments--each of which mirrors the inner harmonies as they leap out at you, all like circuits wired to some luminous inner board. In his strong impassioned voice, John's staccato lines in Cosmic Athletics hammer away at the machinations of the corporate hyenas just as smoothly as they hammer together a universe we could live in as brothers and sisters."
Art Goodtimes, Poetry Flash

"The procreative force, the cosmic sensibility, the oracular insight Curl brings to the reader is constantly astonishing. His poems in Insurrection/ Resurrection and Ride the Wind help define and give rise to a verse of the surreal poetarian vision of the left. Here unrealism attempts to seize and transform imperialist reality. Curl writes like the lead miner in a pit crew. As such, he is already a major young poet on the people's side. There is not a thing to be bought; off in his poems, there is only the amazement of truth."
Roger Taos, The Unrealist

"By replacing sentence structure with what he calls "energy structure," Curl is able to create a greater diversity of sources for inspiration and possibilities for communication within the context of any given poem ... John Curl has proven himself one of our most capable and talented messengers."
Fred Pietarinen, City Arts


Columbus in the Bay of Pigs

"Pages of truth that brought sadness to my heart. It will be hard for me to live each day without quoting from Columbus in the Bay of Pigs."
Dennis Banks, Cofounder of the American Indian Movement

"Columbus in the Bay of Pigs can help us understand our past, so we can rebuild our communities and project our future, respecting the diversity of people living on this planet."
Nilo Cayuqueo, South and Meso-American Indian Information Center

"Columbus in the Bay of Pigs is a must reading in the step beyond 1992. Those who do not wish to open wider the Indigenous Circle of life will be washed away, into the past."
Antonio Gonzales, International Indian Treaty Council

"John Curl has provided one of the first and finest contemporary contributions toward truth in history in a time when reappraisal of this country's relationship to Indians is of vital importance."
June LeGrand, Cherokee storyteller

"Columbus in the Bay of Pigs reminds me of Galeano, which is among the highest praise I can give anything."
Malcolm Margolin, author of The Ohlone Way


History of Work Cooperation in America

"I read History of Work Cooperation in America with great interest and pleasure. John Curl merits the highest praise for documenting this woefully neglected aspect of American life. Society is a vast interlocking network of cooperative labor. The very existence of mankind depends upon both the necessity and the social instinct of mutual aid."
Sam Dolgoff, author of The Anarchist Collectives



John Curl Woodworking