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I once asked my friend David Velasquez, who worked as a farrier, about shoeing horses. He replied: "Imagine a creature that weighs 1,500 pounds and is motivated by fear." That's NPR, at least in terms of Mumia. Of course, the liberal media is notorious for timidity.

To again quote my wise friend: "A liberal is someone who leaves the room when a fight breaks out." Editorial decisions are made for political reasons on a daily basis; rarely, however, is the curtain lifted to reveal the corroded machinery. Moreover, as a leftwing poet, I expect to be censored by mainstream media. But when so-called alternative media also censor the left, the impact is devastating. Ask Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Readers can call or write All Things Considered to urge that the poem be aired. They can urge, again, that Mumia's commentaries be aired, or at least released from the NPR vaults so that others might have access to them. NPR's web site can be found at www.npr.org.

They can inform NPR that their financial contributions to National Public Radio will instead be diverted to the legal defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal. That address is: Committee to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal, 163 Amsterdam Avenue, #115, New York, NY 10023. Checks should be made payable to the Bill of Rights Foundation ("for MAJ").

Meanwhile, I assume that All Things Considered has put my name on their blacklist. I wonder what poems I must write to be allowed on the radio again. Maybe some cowboy poetry.

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