Raising poets, growing poems

The rain screws up its face and falls to bits. Then it makes itself again. Only the rain can make itself again. –Adrain, age 4 Great article in Orion giving me hope that there are so many teacher poets changing vision and changing lives out there. Remember being a child? Remember learning to see? To […]

Bad as Me: Hanging with Tom Waits

Well virtually hanging anyway in the front seat of a very rusty old car with a great set of speakers.  New Waits album, Bad as Me scheduled to drop on October 25th but it’s been leaked and Tom’s not too happy about it.  A spoiled birthday surprise so to speak.  I can understand wanting to hear […]

Cover Junkie

No ideas but in things declared William Carlos Williams with his red wheelbarrow and pilfered plums.  But I’m an idea guy and have always found ideas easier to work with than things.  And what if we’re talking in terms of ideas of things, the aesthetics, the looking and thinking about things in ways which physically […]

Pecha Kucha?

Hadn’t heard of this presentation style featuring 20 images for 20 seconds each in a slide show format.  Was checking some out and thinking about making one myself and this one featuring TEXTURE just struck me as wabi sabi to the core.  Simple, found beauty, object speaking for itself, white background.  Could work even without […]

Alternative Energy Alaskan Style

OK, so this post doesn’t fall into the poetry, blood, or shack category but I wanted to share two articles in AK papers I came across lately that got me excited about the new thinking that is going into alternative fuels.  What excites me is the whole ‘post-apocalypse’  aspect of it all, I mean living […]

Readjusting to Small Town Life

Wishing I could grow a beard if only to provide a tiny layer of anonymity in a place where everyone knows your name and business even if you can’t quite place them.  But it’s not all bad, in fact I spent the entire time I was away from Alaska talking to people about Alaska, so […]

Your Local Library

What does your local library mean to you?  Do you recall your first visit, your first card?  OK so the link to this great conversation from Think Out Loud on Oregon Public Broadcasting got shared on every librarian in the state’s Facebook pages last week, but as I haven’t been getting to the blog often enough […]