Sunday, December 30, 2007


  On Christmas Eve I decided to go for walk in the Montgomery Woods , near where I live. I planned it around what I figured would be the sun......
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Saturday, December 22, 2007


  Just found myself pondering the nature of my path as a "poet", whatever it is that old word refers to. I'm no Rabbie Burns ......
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Friday, December 14, 2007


  During my trip to Vermont in July/August, I visited the Devil's Tower, where I had an experience that changed not only the course of m......

Friday, December 7, 2007


  A moment came to my mind, clear as an ocean sunset. In that moment I saw Adam on his deathbed, speaking somewhat randomly up to the roof o......
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Friday, November 23, 2007


  What would I miss the most about the West Coast should I move away and make my home elsewhere? The redwoods. The tall stands of old growt......
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Friday, November 16, 2007


  You won't guess it. You won't conceptualize it. You won't expect it. You won't doubt or be convinced of it. You won't ......

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


  This might go some small distance to answer a question posed concerning my previous post, " Ode for Joy ". Projections We ......

Saturday, November 10, 2007


  My first synthetic ode . This form hybridizes the near-original Grecian ode form of Pindar and Hegel's concept of sythesis. I will ev......

Sunday, October 21, 2007


  I have a commitment to myself to write about writer's block itself if ever I feel it coming on. This way I'll still have something......
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007


  During my week in the Yolla Bolly Wilderness last month I encountered a stillness of mind and peace of spirit unlike I've ever experie......

Thursday, October 4, 2007


  There are many reasons behind an individual's behaviors. We are complex creatures, conditioned by complex histories. So complex, in fa......

Saturday, September 22, 2007


  There is a wilderness area in California near Ukiah, where I live, called Yolla Bolly Wilderness. Most locals have no idea it exists. It&#......

Thursday, September 20, 2007


  They are out there, those rare beings. But, for the most part, they are best left where you find them, like a snake in the wild. just a......
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Monday, September 17, 2007


  As I go back through my old posts revising some of the poems, a lot of the comments, and adding comments to those posts that don't hav......
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Wednesday, September 5, 2007


  That would be the lotus position. Since this is a pre-wifey senryu, I won't say anything more. lotus a shadow ripples reflectin......
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007


  My 2 nd terza rima. I got the idea for this poem as I fell asleep in the mountains a little east of Wyoming's Devil's Tower. If a......

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


  Yes, the end. The end of a life-altering journey by road to the East Coast. The end of a pilgrimage to pay my respects at the home and at ......
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007


  I won't have time to go over my route until I'm back in Reno, where I'll spend a few nights at a friend's before going th......
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Tuesday, August 7, 2007


  The same night after I posted " note to soul mate ", I camped at the Mondeaux Flowage, a lake in Wisconsin. This involved some d......

Monday, August 6, 2007


  At the apex of my trip to Vermont I spent several days in Rutland, where I visited the grave of Julia Dorr. Later, as I reflected upon tha......

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


  For those of us who are for some reason pre-conditioned to seek out our "other half"—our "soul-mate"—such that we are ......
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Saturday, July 28, 2007


  Presently I'm sitting in an extremely noisy restaurant in Evanston, Wyoming that's situated next to a motel that has WiFi. Just st......
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Sunday, July 22, 2007


  One of the poets to reach me as a teen is buried near Rutland, Vermont. Not sure why I have this itch to visit her place of rest, and to ......
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Saturday, July 21, 2007


  There's something remarkably freeing about the complete and utter abolition of idealized romance. Disillusionment is only bitter when,......
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  My first terza rima. So far as I know, terza rimas aren't generally divided into parts like this, but the end-line scheme does follow ......

Tuesday, July 10, 2007


  And what made the outdoor security light stay on for a moment longer than it normally does? What made me look down when I normally don......
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Monday, July 9, 2007


  Up until now It's always taken someone else to motivate me into going backpacking. This isn't because this isn't what I wante......

Wednesday, July 4, 2007


  A friend asked me to write her sister a birthday poem. So after getting some information from her about details pertinent to the birthday......
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Tuesday, June 26, 2007


  For some reason whenever I want to illustrate a point about imagery I find myself tapping out a haiku or senryu. This would be a senryu s......
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Monday, June 25, 2007


  Was just looking through some of the posts in a Poetry group and came across a 'haiku' titled "water". It was basically......
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  Some women don't see men as people, but as crops to be harvested or weeds to be destroyed. They don't see them as companions, part......
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Sunday, June 24, 2007


  I'm feeling pretty good about life. It's odd. I guess once you get the knife twisted up in your guts a few times too many it begi......

Monday, June 18, 2007


  Millions of years of biological evolution drives us; the mind rationalizes and justifies this compulsory insanity. Lucky is the soul who ......

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


  There is a little dirt road called Low Gap Road that winds into the hills west of Ukiah to the ocean. Not long after I moved into the Ukia......
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Monday, June 4, 2007


  Sometimes when a kid runs away from the residential home for children I work at, I can't help but be a little worried. Most of them a......
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007


  My 11 th trisect—And pure metaphor, apparently. Segment one depicts the word, or syntagm. Segment two depicts the line, as in a line of ......
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Tuesday, May 15, 2007


  My 128 th ghazal, inspired by a woman with deep brown eyes. moods a clarity settles deep in her soft amber eyes and peace wells up......

Thursday, April 26, 2007


  I had maybe five hours sleep over course of four days when I wrote this, and I had just come off a 20 minute break at work, which involve......
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Saturday, April 21, 2007


  A friend of mine, a scholar of Buddhism and traditional Chinese, has recently been talking about how 'sunyata' is grossly mistran......

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


  Been wanting to play more with imaginative poems that tell a story of some sort. So, here's one. Going for the vague approach for the......
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