The brief re-occupation of Zuccotti Park and its swift re-eviction are both previews of the season to come. With numbers augmented by warm weather, St. Patrick’s Day’s festive atmosphere and the Left Forum conference (the hundreds of panels of which took place at nearby Pace University), the protesters who took to Zuccotti Park to celebrate six months of Occupy Wall Street sent out a mass text on Saturday evening, reading “OccupyNYC: Liberty Square is being RE-OCCUPIED! 500+ people and growing! Come on down! Bring blankets & food!”

Occupy Wall Street’s message: prepare for a radical spring. Chants of “a-anti-anti-capitalista” were more frequent and more broadly based than I had ever heard at an Occupy Wall Street event, suggesting that the movement has begun to coalesce around an ideological principle. “Anti-capitalism” may not be the most specific philosophy, but it belies proclamations like Bill Maher’s “they don’t hate capitalism; they hate what’s been done to it,” whatever that means. The group also engaged in a raucous and sprawling “Simon Says”-like activity that helped acclimatize protesters to forming a fortified human wall for “soft blocks,” indicating a more militant, confrontational (yet still nonviolent) attitude brewing among the occupiers.

It’s quite possible that, had the police let the protesters hang out in the park, the numbers would have dwindled down to a few dozen by 1 a.m., and the park would have been easy to maintain. Instead, the decision was made (although no officer would tell me by whom) to deploy hundreds of police to empty the park.


LA Arts District

We love DTLA. You’ll find the city’s creatives away from the beaches and suburban sprawl and nestled in a few blocks of warehouses that is the Arts District. The area is undergoing a huge reoccupation that’s resulted in amazing people and places to make up a vibrant community.

Stay: book an AirBnB in one of the many beautifully refurbished warehouse lofts
Shop: Alchemy Works, Apolis, and Poketo are all beautiful and eclectic shops that have everything from Warby Parkers to “cologne” to make your campfire smell better.

Eat :Wurstkuche has the perfect people-watching patio, complete with beers and sausages for everyone (from rattlesnake and rabbit to vegetarian). La Reyna is an excellent taco stand, and you know you’ve made it when you get invited to actually eat inside. For a garden patio full of good-looking people, check out the new vegetarian Zinc.

Drink: BlackTop Coffee attached to Alchemy Works serves up Sightglass Coffee and Tony’s Saloon is a dive bar with craft cocktails, but definitely try to check out the homegrown Handsome Coffee Roasters while it lasts (it’s turning into Blue Bottle’s LA HQ).

A List of Happinesses, An Experimental Cento Sonnet

Ali Znaidi

Tilt of the earth pronouncing routine warmth.
Fathomed as the hearsay moon,
[p]reoccupation with this window as devotion to the glass.
Likable threads of discourse made to sound the zither’s plump aroma.
Paper, wrinkled relic, all the power to hold
as if absorption shapes the actual [p]ink sky near windows,
windows themselves, a list of happinesses, impressionistic thinking:
Heart not interrupted, a meeting purposeful, and yellow blooms.
Extraction, of, a heat to frequent any state of mind.
Pond filled with vectors moistened to limpness,
all of a color, bedded down with gravity. Discovery acts as a blood spear,
swingset in the yard, a little breeze. On sightseeing the young wind,
a seeming rift between daybreak and depth:
Nothing, silk, a replay, called elite, simply the story.

source: Cento from Sheila E. Murphy’s Reverse Haibun. chalk editions (2009); art by exitstential