God’s green earth (A poem)

This pantoum was an effort to try something new. When I go to an open-mic, I usually read something I have already worked on, typed into a Word document, and done some preliminary editing. I wrote this poem this afternoon, while waiting for the room to open, and read it straight from my journal. I [...]

The death of the Grand Dame (A poem)

Attempting to form a tribute from a jumble of impressions on a very long day… It snowed in Lithuania today they’ve got aerial photos for proof In fact, it seems colder just about everywhere the skies gone cloudless for the prettiest star Three years ago, wandering the streets of Germantown we’d no idea where we were [...]

Illumination (A poem)

Getting back to it after a bit of a break. Note that I am using illumination here in the Japanese sense; examples of illumination can be seen here and here. It’s been years since I last saw the lights opulent displays of color and bright to enliven the season distract from the chill with festivities running on into [...]

Movie magic (a poem)

The movie Rapture-Palooza is set in Seattle after The Rapture. Many of the outdoor scenes, though, took place on decidedly un-Seattle-like streets. That got me thinking about how movies treat the geography of the cities in which the stories are set… You know you’d never see that around here it’s probably in Vancouver or Toronto because [...]