Phil Rockstroh

Phil Rockstroh is a poet, lyricist and philosopher bard living in New York City. Visit Phil at FaceBook.

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Friday, December 20, 2013 - 6:19am
Walking in an Anthropocene Wonderland
According to a recent, exhaustive study commissioned by the US Department of Energy and headed by a scientific team from the U.S. navy, by the summer of 2015, the Arctic Ocean could be bereft of ice, a phenomenon that will engender devastating consequences for the earth's environment and every living creature on the planet.
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Friday, November 22, 2013 - 6:50am
Fear In A Handful Of Dust: The Sacred Vehemence Of Imagination In A Soulless Age
From the picture window of our family's eighth floor apartment, at the intersection of 23rd Street and Avenue C, we have a view of the inhuman currents of the East River and the dehumanizing, vehicular currents of the FDR expressway.
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Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 8:19am
The United States of Whatever: Ecocide and the Soul of a Nation
The reality of and the outward toll inflicted by greenhouse gas engendered Climate Change is clearly evident (to all but the corrupt and devoutly ignorant) e.g. increasingly destructive and deadly tornadoes and hurricanes, destruction of marine life, severe droughts and rapacious wild fires—landscapes of death, scattered debris and shattered lives.
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Friday, April 26, 2013 - 11:30am
Within The National (In)Security State: Fear as a Constant Companion
“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” ―Søren Kierkegaard
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Friday, April 5, 2013 - 7:26am
Tyranny of the Reasonable: Popular Complacency in an Era of Economic Exploitation and Perpetual War
Throughout the course of human affairs, scheming elitists -- let's call them the Plundering Class -- have devoted their days conceiving strategies and executing agendas that serve to enrich the fortunes of a ruthless few (namely themselves) by an exploitation of the harried and hapless multitudes. They scheme, hire silver tongued flacks and muster soldiers to do their biding, while, all too often, the rest of us squander the fleeting days of our finite lives in their service. They plot while we hope.
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Friday, March 22, 2013 - 7:15am
Fortune's Fools: Individual Calling at the Cusp of Ecological Catastrophe
"Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself." – Miles Davis
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Friday, February 8, 2013 - 8:11am
Empire Of Panic And Ephemera: Applying Rigorous Imagination To America's Paranoid Style
"Handsomely equipped to fail, I went out into the world.” ― John Fowles, from The Magus In the consumer paradigm, one is induced to exist by Eric Hoffer's dictum: "You can never get enough of what you really don't need." Wherein: The individual exists in a state of perpetual adolescence, emotionally oscillating between life lived as a bliss ninny and evincing chronic dissatisfaction.
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Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:46am
The Great Dismal: How to Arrive Singing in a World Undone
"Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.” – Albert Camus: The repercussions of our acts—the constructs we create—endure well past the dissolution of our convictions and desires. Our actions exist as living architecture that surrounds the breathing moment. Future generations will dwell in the world we erect, thought by thought, deed by deed.
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Friday, January 4, 2013 - 8:28am
Late Stage Capitalism And The Shame Haunted Life: You Can't Kill Trauma With A Gun
"Memory believes before knowing remembers." -- William Faulkner
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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 8:55am
Grappling with Phantoms: A Financial Cliff, a War on Christmas, and Other Dim Tidings of Political Disconnect
“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” ―James Baldwin As we draw near to the Winter Solstice and the days shorten, one's thoughts are drawn inward.
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