In 1998, Rita Gains of The L.A. Watts Times writes, “Peace Rising is Totem (Yamaguchi, Ray Dacanay and Patrick Pape with guest Javier Dura on electric fretless bass)—Australian didjeridu, Tibetan golden bowls, Native American and South American flutes, African/Latino/Filipino percussion—and poet Murphy in a spontaneous sound frenzy… From first to last drop, Under Peace Rising is the totally unrehearsed, surprise dubbing of a Santa Cruz jam session, that captures 99 percent pure the passions of techno-savvy poets and floats their message, one world, on CD.”

This presentation shares just three streaming tracks of this live performance. You can purchase Under Peace Rising at and the companion book (of sorts) Under Peace Rising: Poems in English, Spanish and French at


Words and Flow by . . . . . . . Merilene Murphy & Totem

Original Sound Recording by . . . . . . . Totem, Santa Cruz

Produced by . . . . . . . Tazuo Aaron Yamaguchi and Telepoetics

Interface Design and Programming by . . . . . . . Bryan Wilhite