Poet Speaks Out on Darfur, Musically

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The Romantic Poet of the Internet, William F. DeVault, has availed himself of his platform in his weekly podcast "From Out of the City" to release a new poetry-music fusion, entitled "DARFUR (Jesus Wept)", aimed at focusing attention on the humanitarian crisis.

Speaking out for the first time on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, The Romantic Poet of the Internet, William F. DeVault, has released a musical and poetry composition on the topic with the assistance of his band, The Gods of Love. The piece, entitled "DARFUR (Jesus Wept)" is a strong-edged statement of the "magnitude of the slaughter in the genocide in that region and the complicity of those who remain unengaged in finding an immediate solution".

Varying from his normal menu of romantic and softly erotic works, both through his popular website "The City of Legends" and his podcasts, distributed with the help of http://www.archive.org, AuthorsDen.com and Apple's iTunes Music Store, the poet has also posted the work to his band's MySpace page for free download and has announced plans to use it as the tentpole in assembling a CD of socially-themed works.

"I've not changed my mind on the necessity of romantic love in the world, in my life. But, when there is a horror of this degree festering in plain sight, how can my desires, my needs, be anything more than a flyspeck? We're talking genocide, here. Genocide. The intentional slaughter of hundreds of thousands of children, women and men."

The lyrics to the piece include the provocative "Half a million women and children and sons and daughters fall to the hate, their fate as wormfood for the slaughters. Since when are 100 black babies worth less than one white businessman in the eyes and lies of people who claim to be, to see, without sin?" to build on the author's point that more than one hundred times the number of innocents have died in Darfur than died on 9/11 in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

The title comes from the shortest verse in the King James Version of the Holy Bible, John 11:35, and was chosen to express outrage at the silence of the Christian western world.

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