BC: THE BALLAD OF ZERO GULCH c. Corinne Whitaker 2014 all rights reserved www.giraffe.com firstname.lastname@example.org
FC: THE BALLAD OF ZERO GULCH Corinne Whitaker
1: THE BALLAD OF ZERO GULCH Corinne Whitaker
3: Brandon Duncan faces a lifetime behind bars. He has no criminal record. He did not steal, murder, or vandalize. In fact he has a strong following as a rapper, singing about gang life. But his newest album, titled "No Safety", has a picture of a revolver with bullets on the cover. He belongs to a gang. And a little-known law passed in 2000 allows him to be criminally charged if he benefits from crimes committed by other members of the gang. You see, his gang gains notoriety from shootings, so he sells more albums. So he is going on trial in San Diego, California. He is known as Tiny Doo.
4: Nothing Zero Cipher Nought. Just a thought That life has brought To a humanaut.
6: Tiny Doo? Tiny Don't Won't Follow the taut Rule he'd been taught To say nought, nothing, zero Be a silent hero. Instead he fought For the right to tell Of living on the streets of Hell.
8: Be nothing, Man, You know you can Live life On the installment plan.
10: Bit by bit Cool it, lose it, Wither away Delay, give sway, Just obey.
12: Don't shout Stand out Flare out Or pout.
14: Just swallow the guff When you've had enough Cream Puff Marshmallow Fluff That's okay No one can say You got in the way In the U. S. of A.
16: No stripes on your suit Just take the mute route Don't give a hoot Don't care Don't swear
18: Nada Zilch Goose egg Like Humpty Break a leg.
20: But this ain't no play. This is the way To survive today. At least you're alive Dead inside maybe But free, Baby. Not behind bars Only bearing the scars Of hypocrisy.
22: In Democracy We trust.
24: And after you Why not me? Why not my neighbor? My enemy?
26: Why not a child With a low IQ? Bow-legged priest? Orthodox Jew?
28: Why not a fullback, Half back Wetback? Anyone found on a pixel list Black list Checklist Cultist
30: Don't forget Feminist Baptist Bolshevist How 'bout the butcher (Can't stand his hair) People who lisp People who swear People who sleep in Community Care?
32: Nothing Zero Cipher Nought. Is that the reason our soldiers fought? What 1776 hath wrought?
34: Is it too much to ask To bask Unafraid?
36: We've been neutered, spayed By the fear brigade. I chain you. You link me.
38: We live in the shade Of infamy. Our flag just a ragtag Fleabag, grab-bag Tatter of stars, shredding of bars.
40: Let's move to Mars.
42: But if they don't want us And we don't like us And you despise us Maybe it's time to Fuss, muss, truss us up Into nanobots, robosots
44: No more free than kumquats Inkblots Polyglots Slingshots.
46: Nought, nothing, cipher: Depart! Isn't there room for a loving heart? Isn't there time for a healing word And space to embrace a wounded bird?
48: For Molly and Polly and Solly to find That hatred is blighted and truly blind. Nothing and something can self-create 'Ens causa sui', a fulsome plate. Then nought can defeat us. Zero maltreat us. Nothing delete us.
50: If we can just Trust Us.
52: List of Images Cover: Cosmic Melody Gift Wrapped Bullying Nude Descending an Algorithm Between Today and Tomorrow Two Strange Birds Conflict Oz Onslaught Bird on Smashed Chevrolet Bloody Trail Family at Odds Parent
53: List of Images (continued) She Said, He Said Argument Explode Woman with Red Gloves Veiled Woman Stormy Night Horizons Id and Ego Blast Merging Frantic Flower Tumbleweed Back Cover: Rebirth
55: "The Ballad of Zero Gulch" is Corinne Whitaker's 10th book of digital imaging and poetry. She confronts what it means to be human in the 21st century, as we adapt to the profound changes that technology has brought into our lives. Whether we can survive as a species, whether we deserve to, and how we maintain our humanity in the face of daunting challenges inspire her art and her writing. In a career spanning 34 years, Whitaker has been acclaimed as a "distinguished artist", a pioneering digital painter and sculptor, creator of a new iconography of vision for the digital age, author, poet, webmaster and publisher. Her work has been seen in over 300 exhibits worldwide, and throughout the world wide web. You can view her award-winning eZine at www.giraffe.com, visited by more than 185 nations, always free and ad-free, as it begins its 21st year online. You can also visit her studio in Foster City, California, USA, where she learns from the birds and listens to the wisdom of the water.