Vaporizing AK-47 Poetry into a Cloud

Poem from my new book “AK-47 Poetry: How I Learned to Be Okay Watching the World Burn” about the memory of my dad sharing with me how terrorism works in the Middle East based upon his childhood in Turkey. Hope to raise awareness for the need to understand what is going on now there in the light of a metaphorical journey through the similarities of the American Civil War and the Syrian Civil War.

I just started to work on digitizing all my poems into audio tracks to make music from them. Started with Headed South: The Tango Over Damascus. Thankful to Lina Akeed and her English teacher in Minneapolis at Daybreak Press for some basic introductions to what it means to be a Syrian refugee in Minnesota. Thankful for Danya Al Hallak for talking to me on Skype a couple of years ago from Damascus and opening my eyes to what is going on there. Hope to make a living with this poetry by moving now to making music to help people dance and smile in the face of the horrors of war.

Spent most of the year working on this project. Going to Pine Ridge was the step that really opened my eyes to the history of America. That history needs to be uncovered and connected to the science of climate change for people to understand what is going on in the Middle East.

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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