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"Fireworks & Combat Trauma Politiku"

Fireworks First, the deal with "politiku" is that it's haiku, with a political or similar bent. You can say a lot in a few words.

Susanna Speier came up with this idea, and I really like it. As she defines:

Politiku is concise and poetic political commentary, that fuses the
5-7-5 syllabic structure of traditional Japanese haiku with online
interactive political commentary.

She reflects on what the Fourth of July means to veterans, while noting there are consequences that we often forget:

… most Americans still honor the 4th in some way involving family and
fireworks. It’s an altogether awesome holiday — one of the few in this
country that truly everyone can be a part of!

For soldiers dealing with combat trauma, however, the explosive
blasts can trigger a more visceral fight/flight response because of
their similarities to the blasts and explosions experienced in Iraq
and/or Afghanistan. Being surrounded by explicit and implicit displays
of patriotism and anti-patriotism can further augment a shell shocked
combat vet’s sense of displacement.

I want to be clear that Politiku is not therapy. A Politiku
writing workshop for vets dealing with combat trauma might be of value
to some because it is a journalistic and literary based technique
would enable these individuals to condense their complicated, timely and
multifaceted experiences into simple and accessible piece of poetry
for them to choose to share with others or not.

Susanna also cites the work of
Lily Casura, author of the website HealingCombatTrauma.com
for additional info on the topic.

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6 Responses to "Fireworks & Combat Trauma Politiku"

David says:

When I looked in the category, my ad was not visible of the website; even though the link says the ad is live, it is not actually visible under the selected category. If you look under "For Sale" than "Free" than city of San Diego, the ad is not visible on the website at anytime after 5:19pm PST. Also, the ad has generated no impressions of clicks indicating that the ad is not on display. Is there anyway you can put my ad on display on that part of the website for me? Should I delete the ad and attempt re-posting the ad?

Craig Newmark says:

The ad is:
http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/zip/1824722791.html
(free stuff)
Is there a way to allow the ad to display? You I try to post another ad?
Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2010 15:41:20 -0700
From: craig@craigslist.org
To: reply-3P3NZP2PJNZI_4G678JYRX7RF@typepad.com
CC: ahilipaondo@live.com
Subject: Re: [cnewmark] David submitted a comment to Fireworks Combat Trauma Politiku
David, please send me the posting id of the ad you mean; cant check
something without knowing what something to check. Thanks!
Craig

Craig Newmark says:

Could you locate the ad? If not, where should I look under at craigslist.org?
The New Busy is not the too busy. Combine all your e-mail accounts with Hotmail. Get busy.

Craig Newmark says:

Which link? Did you include it in the email? Im trying to find the ad
under a category at cragslist.org; which category should I look and on
what date?
Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2010 15:41:20 -0700
From: craig@craigslist.org
To: reply-3P3NZP2PJNZI_4G678JYRX7RF@typepad.com
CC: ahilipaondo@live.com
Subject: Re: [cnewmark] David submitted a comment to Fireworks Combat Trauma Politiku
David, please send me the posting id of the ad you mean; cant check
something without knowing what something to check. Thanks!
Craig