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Listen Janet Kuypers - The Chaotic Collection #01-05 - Everything Was Alive and Dying
in different versions: Janet Kuypers - The Chaotic Collection #01-05 - Everything Was Alive on the 5 CD set the Chaotic Collection
Listen mp3 file to the DMJ Art Connection,
off the CD Indian Flux
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from the CD (used for the show) Changing Gears
Get this studio track from the CD release based on the first Janet Kuypers performance art show (at Red Lion 8/14/97) Seeing Things Differently
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(8:28, 05/15/07)
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This video was also published in the Hyperbolic Poetry Ezine (08/14/08 issue)
and World-Class-Poetry.com
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(6:32) live at Changing Gears 06/17/03
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of the live show Changing Gears 06/17/03, hosted by the Internet Archive
frame from mpeg show of practice session at the Lake County Poets Society 08/22/06
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(3:22) from the Poetry Fest 2006 Lake County Poets Society practice performance, live 08/22/06
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to this poetry, combined with music
from the HA!Man of South Africa
creating “from Chicago the South Africa”
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at the Lake County 08/22/06 Prep Show live, via the Internet Archive
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or the poem mp3 file read live as the final scheduled feature 08/26/06 for the Society of Professional Journalists show thru Chicago Poetry Fest ‘06.
the poetry 2 CD setCHAOTIC ELEMENTS
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Janet Kuypers - Chaos In Motion - Chaotic Radio - Everything Was Alive and Dying
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CD: Janet Kuypers - Chaos In Motion - Chaotic Radio CD: Napster
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of this poem read live in Chicago 09/12/03 at the “the Cycle of Life” DvA art gallery show
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listen: mp3 file (8:58) in Chicago w/ the HA!man of South Africa on cello, the Café 10/05/10
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listen: mp3 file (8:00) live 10/08/10 at the Chicago Public Library (Avalon Branch), with cello from the HA!man of South Africa
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03/05/11 from the TV camera in Lake Villa at Swing State, live in her show Letting it All Out
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listen: mp3 file (6:47, of just the poem) 03/05/11 in Lake Villa at Swing State, live in her “Visual Nonsense” show Letting it All Out
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of Kuypers from the TV monitor in the “Letting it All Out” show, live in Lake Villa 03/05/11 at Swing State
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listen: mp3 file (34:48) to the Letting it All Out show, live in Lake Villa’s Swing State 03/05/11 with this piece
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Published in her book Close Cover Before Striking, read (for future audio CD release) 06/28/11 on WZRD radio, from the main camera
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Published in her book Close Cover Before Striking, read (for future audio CD release) 06/28/11 on WZRD radio, from the mini camera
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video 06/26/11 of the majority of the WZRD radio show with her reading poetry (including this poem) from the main camera
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video 06/26/11 of ~45 minutes of the WZRD radio show with her reading poetry (including this poem) from the mini cam
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of this Kuypers reading the poem live 1/26/13 on Chicago’s WZRD 88.3 FM radio (Canon)
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from IPB: the feature 06/29/11 of Impromptu Poetry on the Beach
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video of many poems read at Beach Poets from IPB: the Impromptu Poetry on the Beach feature 06/29/11
the poetry audio CD set“Elements”
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the entire CD set from iTunes: Janet Kuypers - Elements
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of Janet Kuypers reading the poem Everything was Alive and Dying live 8/28/13 at the open mic the Café Gallery in Chicago (C)
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her Periodic Table poem Everything Was Alive and Dying from her book Finally, Literature for the Snotty and Elite live 11/20/13 at the open mic the Café Gallery in Chicago (C)
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading 2 sets of 3 poems each, including the poems Death is a Dog, Everything Was Alive and Dying and Fantastic Car Crash in set 1, and Too Far, the Burning and Under the Sea in set 2, 8/11/15 at Quenchers open mic in Chicago (Canon fs200)
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading 2 sets of 3 poems each, including the poems Death is a Dog, Everything Was Alive and Dying and Fantastic Car Crash in set 1, and Too Far, the Burning and Under the Sea in set 2, 8/11/15 at Quenchers open mic in Chicago (Canon PS)
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 9/2/15 show “Like a Lamb to the Slaughter” in her feature at Poetry At The Gallery Cabaret in Chicago (Canon fs200), with her poems Entering the Lake of Fire, unless it happens to you, Open Book, electromagnetism, an edited version of the poem Everything was Alive and Dying, Death Takes Many Forms, and Under the Sea.
video video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 9/2/15 show “Like a Lamb to the Slaughter” in her feature at Poetry At The Gallery Cabaret in Chicago (Canon Power Shot), with her poems Entering the Lake of Fire, unless it happens to you, Open Book, electromagnetism, an edited version of her poem Everything was Alive and Dying, Death Takes Many Forms, and Under the Sea.
the “Like a Lamb to the Slaughter” 9/2/15 chapbook
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Like a Lamb to the Slaughter

of the NEW poems read 9/2/15 at the Café Gallery show in Chicago
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of Janet Kuypers reading her poems Everything was Alive and Dying and On a High Horse Like This 1/10/16 at the Austin open mic Kick Butt Poetry (from a Canon Power Shot).
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of Janet Kuypers reading her poems Everything was Alive and Dying and On a High Horse Like This 1/10/16 at the Austin open mic Kick Butt Poetry (from a Nikon CoolPix S7000).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers saying part of her poem Everything was Alive and Dying about bad dreams, then listing 2016 Republican candidates for President 4/3/16 at the Austin open mic Kick Butt Poetry (Canon Power Shot, w/ a Threshold filter).
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See YouTube video of Janet KuypersJune 2017 Book Release Reading 6/7/17, where she read her poems “Everything was Alive and Dying” and “On a High Horse Like This” for her “Bon Voyage!” book reading @ Austin’s Community Poetry at Half Price Books (Lumix camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet KuypersJune 2017 Book Release Reading 6/7/17, where she read her poems “Everything was Alive and Dying” and “On a High Horse Like This” for her “Bon Voyage!” book reading @ Austin’s Community Poetry at Half Price Books (Sony camera).

everything was alive and dying

Janet Kuypers

I

I had a dream the other night
I walked out of the city
to a forest
and there were neatly paved bicycle paths
and trash cans every fifty feet
and trash every ten

and then a raccoon came right up to me
she had a few little baby raccoons
following her, it was so cute, I
wish I had my camera

and she spoke to me,
she said, thank you
thank you for not buying furs,
I know you humans are pretty smart,
you have to be able to figure out a way
to keep yourselves warm
without killing me

and I said, you know they don’t
do it for warmth,
they do it for fashion, they do it
for power. And she said I know.
But thank you anyway.


II

Then I walked a little further
and there was a stray cat
she still had her little neon collar on
with a little bell
and she walked a few feet,
stretched her front paws,
oh, she looked so darling
and then she walked right up to me
and she said thank you
and I said for what?
And she just looked at me for a moment,
her little ears were standing straight up,
and then she said, you know,
in some countries I’m considered
a delicacy. And I said how
do you know of these things?
And she said
when somebody eats one of you
word gets around
and then she looked up at me again
and said, and in some countries
the cow is sacred. Wouldn’t they
love to see how you humans
prepare them for slaughter, how you
hang them upside-down
and slit their throats
so their still beating hearts
will drain out all the blood for you
and she said isn’t it funny
how arbitrary your decision
to eat meat is?
and I said, don’t put me
in that category, I don’t eat meat
and she said I know


III

And I walked deeper in to the forest
managed to get away from the
picnic tables and the outhouses
that lined the forest edges
the roaring cars gave way to the
rustling of tree branches
crackling of fallen leaves
under my step

when the wind tunneled through
the wind whistled and sang
as it flew past the bark

and leaves

I walked
listened to the crack of dead branches
under my feet
and I felt a branch against my shoulder
I looked up and I could hear
the trees speak to me,
and they said
thank you for letting the
endangered animals live here amongst us
we do think they’re so pretty
and it would be a shame to see them go
and thank you for recycling paper
because you’re saving us
for just a little while longer

we’ve been on this planet for so long
embedded in the earth
we do have souls, you know
you can hear it in our songs
we cling with our roots
we don’t want to let go

and I said, but I don’t do much,
I don’t do enough
and they said we know
but we’ll take what we can get


IV

and I woke up in a sweat


V

so tell me, Bob Dole
so tell me, Newt Gingrich
so tell me, Pat Bucannan
so tell me, Jesse Helms
if you woke up from that dream
would you be in a sweat, too?


VI

Do you even know why
we should save the rain forest?
Oh preserve the delicate balance,
just tear the whole forest down,
what difference does it make?
Put in some orange groves
so our concentrate orange juice
can be a little cheaper

did you know that medical researchers
have a very, very hard time
trying to come up with synthetic
cures for diseases on their own?
It helps them out a little if they can first
find the substance in nature.
A tree that appears in the rain forest
may be the only one of its species.
Or one like it may be two miles away,
instead of right next to it. I wonder
how many cures we’ve destroyed
to plant more orange groves.
Serves us right.


VII

You know my motives aren’t selfless
I know that these things are worthwhile in my life

I’d like to find a cure to these diseases
before I die of them
and I’m not just a vegetarian
because I think it’s wrong to kill an animal
unless I have to
I also know the excess protein
pulls the calcium away from my bones
and gives me osteoporosis
and the excess fat gives me heart attacks
and I also know that we could be feeding
ten times more people
with the same resources used for meat production

You know, I know you’re looking at me
and calling me an extremist
but I’m sitting here, looking around me
looking at the destruction caused by family values
and thinking the right, moral, non-violent decisions
are also those extreme ones


VIII

everything is linked here
we destroy our animals
so we can be wasteful and violent
we destroy our plants
we destroy our earth
we’re even destroying our air
we wreak havoc on the soil, on the atmosphere
we dump our wastes into our lakes
we pump aerosol cans and exhaust pipes

and you tell me I’m extreme

and these animals and forests keep calling out to me
the oceans, the wind

and I’m beginning to think
that we just keep doing it
because we don’t know how to stop
and deep inside we feel the pain of
all that we’ve killed
and we try to control it by
popping a chemical-filled pain-killer

we live through the guilt
by taking caffeine, nicotine, morphine
and we keep ourselves thin with saccharin
and we keep ourselves sane with our alcohol poisoning
and when that’s not enough
maybe a line of coke

maybe shoot ourselves in the head
in front of the mirror in the master bedroom
or maybe just take some pills
walk into the garage, turn on the car
and just
fall asleep

in the wild
you have no power over anyone else

now that we’re civilized
we create our own wild

maybe when we have all this power
the only choice we have
is to destroy ourselves

and so we do


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Chaotic Radio Week #04 the book Moving Performances the book Seeing Things Differently the book Oeuvre the cc&d v170.5 issue release of Kuypers' writings in the 2006 book  Distinguished Writings the CD Changing Gears
the CD Seeing Things Differently the CD Indian Flux The Chaotic Collection 5 Disc CD the Elements CD Chaotic Radio Week #5 the CD Moving Performances
Life on the Edge, 2007 ccd collection book, front cover It All Comes Down, 2007 Janet Kuypers book, front cover Rising to the Surface, 2007 Janet Kuypers book, front cover