28 June 2011

Black Kos Music: Late Night in The Justice Department

Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

The Justice Department is now on Blue Skies, the flagship station of the Netroots Radio Network. Let us go through that portico, there, the one to the left of the fallen statuary; to the hidden courtyard of, The Justice Department.

I'm Special Agent, DJ Justice; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

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Black Kos Music: Late Night in The Justice Department:


"Lathe of the ocean. Perpetual
Motion machine of the waves. Everything still

Being turned and shaped to a shape nobody
Foresees: Ten years ago, was it, when we

Walked that shore, too earnest and sheepish
To hold hands? The wind cutting through our clothes
Cleansed and burned, the chill off the Atlantic
An ache we courted in our dumbstruck talk:

Callow, expectant, what wouldn’t love give?
Cavalcanti’s ray from Mars, Dante’s wheel that moves
The planets and the stars, how nervous
We were, awkward and shivering: “Like this,

Do you like it like this?” Up all night,
Then waking to the smell of flannel and sweat,
We lay grateful, winded, goosefleshed in the chill,
Our own atmosphere rich and breathable:

We drank round the clock, embracing extremes,
Too hurried and heartsore to think of time…
Out fishing after midnight, we watched schools of squid
Slide and shimmer, tentacles tight-wrapped

Around our gig’s hooks: Yanked from the water,
They spouted jets of ink, then pulsed and quivered
And faded to dead-white, their eyes, resigned and sober,
Opening wider and wider…Ten years more,

And will either of us remember
That ink sticky on our hands, the moon-glare
Rippling as we knelt underneath the pier
And scrubbed and scrubbed our hands in the dark water?"

-- Tom Sleigh


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The player will continue to stream current shows on Blue Skies. A list of podcasts on the Netroots Radio Network are available for free and at any time; including tonight's show.

Blue Skies Podcasts Here!


Laika and The Cosmonauts



Les Corps Mince De Francoise

Au Revoir Simone

Cinderella Effect

Stina Nordenstam

Aqua Velvets

Lux Aeterna

The Mermen

Iron and Wine

First Aid Kit



Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.

Black Kos Music: Late Night in The Justice Department is a supplement to the free form, eclectic online radio music program on Blue Skies, part of Netroots Radio Network and which broadcasts Sunday nights at 8pm -9pm pacific time and Monday nights at 10pm - 11pm pacific.

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