March 2003
Contributing Editor: Kara L.C. Jones

Quandary in War Time

I do not support this f---ing war. I did not vote for Bush.

But I am a guerrilla poet & bookmaker because I rail against the traditional, established "art world" that is exclusive and segregated. So it's a bit of a quandary. The title "guerrilla poet" is "violent" and I have heard from folks in this war time saying that I should re-think my use of that title, re-think the titles of my classes, etc. Well, sorry folks, but I'm a paradox.

I will continue to rail against this idea that poets have to follow the academic path and feed the academic money-machine in order to be "real" poets. I will continue to rail against the idea that you have to apprentice for years and use only the best materials and have perfect techniques in order to be a "real bookmaker."

But beyond that, I do not rail for violence in the world. Not to mention that I am also a bereaved mother who has cremated her own son -- so knowing that there are other children dying -- American, British, and Iraqi -- is not something I will ever get behind in any way, shape, nor form! To that end, I offer the following links for you to visit sites where poets and artists are speaking up for peace, stepping out for non-violent solutions. Check it out:

Miracles to you,

Kara L.C. Jones, Dakota's Mommy
Editor-In-Chief, KotaPress



About the Author
Kevin Smith fan, Lord of the Rings freak, would rather escape to watch movies than work, your general variety of slacker, queen of purple hair, foolish curator, idiotic editor, and generally bored with everything lately. Oh yeah, and a grandma, but if anyone except the grandchild calls her granny, she'll turn Huntress on you! If you have questions or comments, send email to


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