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Crossing the Cascade Range May Be a Little Like Writing a Poem

9 April 2018: All I know about the Cascades was learned on one unnerving drive in the May of 2013, crossing the mountain range at Snoqualmie Pass as the morning turned white. Fat snowflakes crashed on and off my windshield. Unlucky cars flashed their lights, resting in ditches. I heard the radio’s warnings, saw the … Continue reading Crossing the Cascade Range May Be a Little Like Writing a Poem

Easing into the Scene: A Small Thought on Photography or any Art Really

12 March 2018: Like brightness buried by one’s sullen mood —William Jay Smith, “Quail in Autumn” Photography could be called the perfect art form because, well, it is what it is. But—as with any art form—who’s to know what I’ll bring to the table as seer, observer: the man come from afar with a wagon-load … Continue reading Easing into the Scene: A Small Thought on Photography or any Art Really

Poet-in-Residence: Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport

5 March 2018: Poet-in-residence at the airport. That’s what I’ve called myself for the past six months, sitting out here with each day’s inbound and outbound flights, working at the Yellowstone store, doing what I can for the park, writing poems in my downtime. But it’s all coming to an end today. My last day. … Continue reading Poet-in-Residence: Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport

I Used to Know the Poet Ricardo Pau-Llosa and This Is What He Told Me

19 February 2018: I once worked as a writing tutor for Miami-Dade College. There I met the poet Ricardo Pau-Llosa. A Cuban-American poet with a laundry list of publications, several books, and a PhD in English from the University of Florida, Pau-Llosa's first book, Sorting Metaphors, was the winner of the 1983 Anhinga Press Prize … Continue reading I Used to Know the Poet Ricardo Pau-Llosa and This Is What He Told Me