Monthly Archives: November 2016

A Tepid Applause for Shameless Mimicry

He launches a small boat out onto the dark water, trolling for words and phrases. He is soon surrounded by poetry, but the kind that resists any facile translation. Dark shapes of things glide just below the surface, but never … Continue reading

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Advice From Me to Myself

Mr. Illusion sits down to compose — a ghost attempts to make human sounds. The desire to say anything of real value is a moon trying to give birth to a sun. When the mind has any object to pursue … Continue reading

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The Message

I live in a forest of falling things wind brings down the brittle branch rain brings down the leaf and needle they are messages falling from above which we can open and read anytime there is a forest language they … Continue reading

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Folding Towels

Folding towels from the laundry, remembering how I used to think chores like this were interrupting important stuff I really needed to do.

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I Do Remember

Time speeds by so fast these days I can hardly seem to keep up with it. I feel more like someone watching from the stands at a race car track, dazed as the roadsters flash by in a blur, their … Continue reading

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Trinity River, 1969

There was a pull-off from the road that led down to the river. I was lucky that evening, and just before it got too late to fish, I reeled in a large steelhead trout which I cleaned and then grilled … Continue reading

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A Moment of Silence

A palpable stillness descended, but felt a bit awkward. Crowds tend to feel ambushed when compelled to bow their heads and temporarily shut up. From childhood, we all resent being told to keep quiet — it seems like an artificial … Continue reading

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