Thursday, April 17, 2014

Two Pieces for a Bone Flute



You Must Be at Least 35,000 Years Old


an ancient
well-preserved

woodwind
a mouthpiece

a vulture’s
wing bone

an instrument
drilled

mouthed
blown



Looking Ahead 35,000 Years, Give or Take


The future as we call it is a vulture
that circles and circles the sky alone  
circles and circles until it dies of hunger

drops to the earth like a bloody stone.
Wolves snap and snap as they watch it fall
crush its skull as it lands, crush its wishbone

crushing ribs, femurs, feet, claws, all
except for the already broken left wing
over which two clumsy pups brawl

dropping it at once to howl and sing
into the dusk with the bloody rest.
The worst clouds gather, throw lightning

again at the same old tree as if to test
the crone hiding behind it, and out she darts
grabs the wing, holds it to her chest

and runs like hell for the cave in our hearts. 

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From The Crone Poems (unforthcoming).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Today the beauty I ordered

...came in the mail. I held it outside.

The Trouble with Beauty by Bruce Rice. 

I'm a long-time admirer of Bruce Rice's work and his attention to place. This collection of poems is beautifully designed and includes photographs by Dennis J. Evans both on the cover and inside. I look forward to spending time with this book.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

How can a reader of poetry resist fresh

...bird tracks? Fresh bird tracks in the fresh snow! So out I went with a couple books I haven't mentioned here yet, though I did on Facebook some time ago. And since it's poetry month I thought this would be the perfect time. Alas

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013, selected by Glyn Maxwell.
Emily Dickinson The Gorgeous Nothings, edited by Marta Werner and Jen Bervin. 

before I could find a pleasing composition*, a vehicle pulled up dead ahead of this shot, just beyond the treeline, and sat there. No vehicles sit there. I was exposed. I grabbed the books and escaped around the side of the house. I barely had time to shovel the snow off the step before they came to the door. By then I was on the other side.  

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*The books (both of which I am enjoying immensely) are sitting on a container, but I didn't sink it down far enough, so they appear to be hovering. That was not intended.   

Friday, March 28, 2014

I'd love to see an arts events calendar

...into which artists, publishers, organizations, etc, enter the date of their event and the city in which it will take place as soon as the date is set. 

Willow Ptarmigan this morning.

This would help avoid some unfortunate conflicts. Better yet, adequate lead time would give artists and communities more opportunities to make interesting and potentially generative connections and collaborations. This would benefit everyone. A national arts events website complete with interactive maps would be ideal. The eBird Canada website is a good example of how data and maps can benefit a community of birders, scientists and, of course, the birds. The technology is there.* Hopefully a similar site for arts events is already in the works.
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*The idea of a Sask Arts Events app met with enthusiasm on Facebook and Twitter last night.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Come spring some people treat themselves

...to new rubber boots. Not me. I bought this book instead.


Besides, there's no need for rubber boots in this neck of the woods. Not yet.