Saturday, March 20, 2010

Reflections In A Pool

You know where it started

Fiction engraving
The face of the moon

Small point

Her hands
------Against the height of it

The velocity of tadpoles

Tails down with purpose

Through the turnstile

Every one a mist-like scream

The blood grew feathers

He memorized the lost constellations

Hook, water, shaft, gargoyle

The orbital nature of weathervanes

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Patrick Springs

I don't know if St. Patrick was sending good vibes my way, or what, but serendipity certainly fell at my feet today. Just as Max and Sylvia and I headed up the Bay Street hill, the park ranger came by on his tractor and unlocked the back gate to our county park. The three of us were the first ones to walk through it this year!

We felt honored. And lucky. For weeks now I've been hoping and imaging this very scene. I occasionally will go into the park in the winter through the front gate, but there is something savory and familiar about entering through the back way, like a secret. This was Sylvia's first time through. Max showed her how to wind her way right, then left, through the labyrinth fencing, and then -- free!

We startled some geese and found the snowdrops blooming. A kingfisher was diving the creek. The snakes were either still sleeping or St. Patrick had driven them all away. Either way, it was a pleasant morning. St. Pat, you're okay.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Dan Hicks

At the ripe old age of 50, Gene finally had his life-long dream fulfilled this weekend. Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks came to Dowagiac, Michigan and performed at The Wood Fire Grill. Hicks has been around forever, but he's fairly kitschy. He describes his music variously from folksy-jazz to Caucasian hip hop. I'm not sure how I would describe it, but it's been a part of my life for the almost 25 years Gene & I have been married. Not a week goes by that this song isn't sung in our house: How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away.

Gene's life-long wait was worth it. The 68-year-old Hicks and The Hot Licks put on a great show. The band and backup singers, The Lickettes, accomplished jazz singers in their own rights, are not the originals, but they're certainly tight. If they come around again, we'll make it a twice-in-a-lifetime experience.

Monday, March 08, 2010

The Nervous Filaments - A Review

David Dodd Lee’s fourth full-length collection of poetry, The Nervous Filaments, is a transcendent step into parallel sphere. Lee wastes no time in asserting his right to hold and examine the reader, the world, in fact, upside down, backwards, by the heels. When he says “I could see ambulance spelled/backwards” we know the emergent world isn’t in Lee’s rear view mirror, but he’s facing it head-on, all the while trying to make sense of the incoming messages, as frantically jumbled as they appear. In a gesture towards G√ľnter Grass’s Tin Drum, “I could see the eels spilling/out of the horse’s head,” Lee prepares the reader for a view of the disturbingly tragic world of survival, the one in which we all traverse but often fail to see. He points out, however, “…here is your/story/coming from a different direction.” Indeed, we meet Lee at an unlikely intersection, but it is an intersection worth exploring as each poem reveals new vistas. “After all that’s your head in the window/looking out/through rain/through snow.” Certainly. Isn’t that why we’re here?


Here is your

story, in my

horizonless competence,

a nevertheless fine

kettle of


I could see ambulance spelled


I could see the eels spilling

out of the horse’s head

a crawdad sits in a cold

pool importantly praying

(cumulus nimbus)

and here is your


coming from a different direction

a couple of shaved ideas

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Red-Breasted Sapsucker

At Azalea Park in Brookings, Oregon
where we waited out the tsunami
before we went tide pooling.

Monday, March 01, 2010