for Diane di Prima
the confusion of love with dominion is…
the self-appointed high priests of this world
who are the murderers of truth
who have turned joy into servitude
who have demonized the true initiation
who have turned metaphor into literalization
who have turned zone into place
[Editor’s Note: This was first proposed in The Mago Circle, Facebook Group, on March 6, 2014. We have our voices together below and publish them in sequels. It is an ongoing project and we encourage our reader to join us! Submit yours today to Helen Hwang (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or visit and contact someone in Return to Mago’s Partner Organizations.]
Esther Essinger “Why Goddess, when “G*D” is perpetrating so much grief?
1) First, it’s vital to know that Goddess is NOT “G*D” in a skirt. It is demanded of NO one that they “believe” or “have faith”, so there can be no guilt (and no punishment! (No Hell below us, thank you John) in NOT choosing to interest oneself in these particular Stories, myths, legends and tales which center the Cosmic Female, the Universal Mother, Mother Earth /Mother Nature at their core. No evangelism happening here!
Michael Brautigan is a freelance writer, poet, literary scholar, and political activist who lived most of his life in and around the Bay Area. For over a decade he lived in Berkeley where he enjoyed both studying and participating in community awareness groups and activism before graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in English Literature. He has been published in the Milvia Street Journal, Unlikely Stories, Blink-Ink, and Undergroundwriter. He has also been an active member of online writing groups such as the New Surrealist Institute, World Poets Society, Inter Dada, and Poetry San Francisco.