A Poem from Nicole Kuwik

TEN BILLION
by Nicole Kuwik

10 Billion farm animals will be
slaughtered next year,
and 60% of each body
will be buried in pits
in
Texas, Ohio, California

I grew up in the grass
in summertime Ohio,
a little girl blowing bubbles and skinning
knees, and all the while
calves were being blasted
‘tween the eyes with
buzzing
prods all across
the U.S.A.

In China, they use
organic waste to produce
energy, but there are many
problems, see,
the fat, see,
it leaves a layer
at the end of it all, and
bones, they just won’t
break
down.

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

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