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We have a genuinely new frontier (JFK's was rhetorical)

We have a genuinely new frontier (JFK's was rhetorical)
Ours is to repossess the land
that lies between the rising oceans
and make new settlements diverse as we are
that integrate great medieval notions
before cars existed and face to face
gave way to gadget flinching self-degrading
We have it in us all Americans
to reinhabit Kansas and Nebraska
and all the broken places in between
with their pitiful main streets
and fast-fleeing
broken
populations
We can build places where cars don't go
near enough to vacant Interstate stretches 
promising transit to 100 other new city communities
at once Medieval and tech far beyond now
not little boxes
the next generation of spaces
the cars (culturally, economically)  of the future
just as  PCs became  the cars (c. e.) of our waning present
(Remember all that language about power and speed)
We are a broken people neither side is happy
with victory or defeat
we know the center will not hold
The only way it can is take it literally
Move from the coasts inland
Leave the beaches to the oceans 
save us all from endless
rebuilding of wreckage left by
every coming flood
Go West from East
Go East from West
Reinhabit the nation
Rebecome America
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhk0ckaCxDI
The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

Later, when Irene joined our group to form a travelling company performing "New Rain", I learned to pick out a …

Stephen C. Rose Bio

Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…