Hannah Weiner reading from WEEKS (1989)
(photo by Barbara Rosenthal)
WEEK 21Rushing to do repairs the housing court had ordered The worst kinds of conditions, almost concentration camps He was trained and funded by Syria Many Americans will not travel abroad this year Plastic guns are the latest in high-tech fire power Would you spell out a little more clearly what you think the FBI man was trying to do Union officials said today it was not even close Today the New York Public Library celebrated its 75th birthday That cuts the survival rate by 50% I think I’m very down to earth Demonstrators were reported to have looted some market stalls in the city of Chiquimula and to have attempted to set fire to the marketplace in Zacapa Debris was scattered for at least a 100 yards in all directions The other alternative is stay at the beach all summer, just don’t come back Congress had curtailed military aid to Guatemala in 1977 on human-rights grounds, but the Reagan Administration argued that the new government of General Efrain Rios Montt was improving conditions dramatically The Administration was requesting only a modest appropriation to buy spare parts for three army helicopters But people were holding hands, carrying on as far away as Alaska There may be as many as 21 million hungry Americans None of those reports could be confirmed He also served as ambassador to India To breathe life into a dead economy No spectators were injured Runners pounding the pavement to help famine in Africa The ceremony stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific This woman’s brother is missing in action As quickly as the police leave, the drag racers return Their aim is 50 million dollars to feed and house the homeless It sounds like it’s just packed with ingredients to please an audience Each order must earn its own keep The retirement picture does not look good It’s designed for the entire family Strong abdominal muscles help you avoid lower back pain I’m quite some guy, I tell you Are you intimidated by marrying the Kennedy clan Two workers are dead and an industrial complex is leveled by fire
WEEKS 29Anybody can go into the pay phone business We will never stop drug availability in this country by law enforcement measures alone We should exert that force in terms of morality Talks will resume without any preconditions 40,000 tons of uncollected garbage With this drug doctors can use the patient’s own bone marrow Aerobics are being presented here as a national sport We need more hospital beds for psychiatric patients This is an extraordinary bipartisan effort Fairness will be in the eyes of the beholder Some businesses pay no tax at all The pilots who will carry the Bolivians into action carry hand guns The garbage will be picked up, starting tomorrow The rich and famous are gathering at Cape Cod The Hispanic World’s Fair has been around for eight years You don’t allow yourself to be as open and friendly as you would like to be You’re not getting older, you’re getting better GAM leaders told Cerezo that they do not expect him to investigate the whereabouts of the 40,000 Guatemalans estimated to have disappeared during the past twenty years, but are demanding the investigation of some 850 documented cases that took place between 1980 and 1985 Black unions have already paid a heavy price Swimmers in their eighties were competing stroke by stroke More than 500 movies have been captioned for the hearing impaired It was a revolution in crime busting Rock ‘n Roll is now Rock ‘n Rap Mrs. Abzug was in the middle of a political campaign when her husband of more than 40 years died Making this film was like going to a party, you just sat around and created this little world On this day in 1899 Ernest Papa Hemingway was born in a suburb of Chicago The law just went into effect a year or so ago Today the place was virtually wall to wall with cops Can you inflict injury Can you attract attention Did you know that consumers bothered to redeem only about 4% The drug itself seems to be winning the war He killed the child with his bare hands Crack had its genesis in the Bronx in 1984 Neighborhood activists continue to press their case
from ABAZOO(forthcoming from Xexoxial Editions)
The first time Lyx, I & Zon went to visit Hannah we were instructed by a mutual friend not to show up without ice cream. Somehow in the excitement of meeting her we had forgotten to get some. After very graciously meeting us at the door and getting us seated she seemed a might flustered and unsettled. "Did you bring ice cream," she asked.