Cascadia to Taos

OK, I’m back. It was 4,167 miles in Que (my Honda) to Portland, Boise (via John Day River watershed in Oregon), to Moab, Grand Junction, CO, Denver, Taos, Quemado, NM, Phelan, CA, Lancaster, CA, Danville, CA, Bolinas, Portland and back to the Emerald City yesterday. Yes, I like driving. Yes, my cellphone takes barely adequate photos. Yes, interviews with Amalio Madueño and a very short one with Joanne Kyger were worth the drive. Audio from both interviews coming soon, but first, photos. All photos are on Facebook, sorry, but the link is here.

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I stand accused of calling Chief Twisted Hair by the wrong name. ARGH!

I stand accused of calling Chief Twisted Hair by the wrong name. ARGH!

Wish I'd photographed every post office I passed

Wish I’d photographed every post office I passed

Eastern Oregon

Eastern Oregon

Chief Twisted Hair

Chief Twisted Hair

mm mm, beets and tequila. What could go wrong?

mm mm, beets and tequila in Boise. What could go wrong?

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At Sam Hamill's suggestion, Dead Horse Point State Park

At Sam Hamill’s suggestion, Dead Horse Point State Park

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Dead Horse Point State Park

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Dead Horse Point State Park

Lunch in Denver

Lunch in Denver

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

Your Humble Narrator at the Clyfford Still Museum

Your Humble Narrator at the Clyfford Still Museum

Painting by Clyfford Still

Painting by Clyfford Still

PP-241 (Willie Andrews) 1936, pastel on paper by Clyfford Still

PP-241 (Willie Andrews) 1936, pastel on paper by Clyfford Still

Outside the Denver Art Museum

Outside the Denver Art Museum

Clyfford Still Museum

Clyfford Still Museum

Clyfford Still Museum

Clyfford Still Museum

PH-1939, Clyfford Still Museum

PH-1939, 1977, Clyfford Still Museum

Your Humble Narrator in front of Clyfford Still Self-Portrait, Clyfford Still Museum

Your Humble Narrator in front of Clyfford Still Self-Portrait, Clyfford Still Museum

More photos from the Road Trip soon…

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Make It True Readings (dan raphael interview)

The effort to get the word out about Make It True: Poetry from Cascadia begins in Portland, with a reading organized by longtime Portland poet dan raphael, who wrote:

A reading to celebrate the publication of Make It True: Poetry from Cascadia, with Allison Cobb, Jen Coleman, James Grabill, Endi Bogue Hartigan, Jared Hayes, CE Putnam, Marilyn Stabein and dan raphael. Major guest is Paul Nelson, one of the editors, as well as the driving force behind the Cascadia Poetry Festival, A majority of the 89 poets in these 340 pages are from Canada (as is a majority of the land in Cascadia.) giving you a chance to discover new. quality poets from north of the border. See: http://www.leafpress.ca/Make_It_True/Make_It_True.htm for more information on the book.

 

 

Milepost 5 is the venue at 850 NE 81st and the show will probably start at 7 or so. The date is Wednesday, June 24th. Books will be available for sale.

Make It True CoverThere will be announcements here for readings in Seattle and Vancouver in the next few months and I am going to try to interview every poet in the book who I have not yet interviewed and possibly a couple I already have. (All my interviews are being linked from www.AmericanProphets.org).

I interviewed dan for a 2010 feature on Innovative NW Poets for Rattapallax Magazine. They had the text of poems and audio up for a few years than, inexplicably, took it down. ARGH! But here now hear the August 8, 2010, interview I did with legendary Portland poet dan raphael.

Dan Raphael

dan raphael

dan raphael interview from August 8, 2010 34:23

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ATJ 65-68

I love this notion of pre-bedtime suggestions. I have been doing that the last few months, or more based on the latest poems to be posted here from the ongoing series After The Japanese.  I have been posting the poems in hunks of four the last few months and it appears they will get me to about the time of the August Poetry Postcard Fest which will begin July 4. Details on that in the last post.

The suggestions lately have been based on a practice of gratitude. I’d think about the day about to end and ask what happened that I felt grateful for? With the success of the recent Cascadia Poetry Festival and the connections made or deepened there, the publication of the Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia anthology, the ongoing happiness of my little girl (Ella), the 24th birthday of my successful journalist daughter, the ongoing success of the Spring Street Center‘s rental business that I manage, there is much to run through my mind on any given late evening.

Also lately I’ve rediscovered the notion of healing sounds. This comes out of the work of Mantak Chia, who might be best known for his work with tantra, a hugely misunderstood practice in North America. The sounds are:

Make sure to do the sounds in the proper sequence of the Lung sound (Ssssss), Kidneys (Wuuuuu), Liver (Shhhhh), Heart sound (Hawww), Spleen (Whooooo) and Triple Burner (Heeeee). If you feel that a particular organ or its associated symptoms are bothering you, then increase that individual sound without going through the entire sequence.

I find it interesting that when someone is speaking too loudly, you say Shhhhh! which is also the sound for the liver, which in Chinese medicine is associated with anger. My poem Nine Sonnets for Pop goes into some of the liver heat/anger connection in his life and, by extension, mine.

So the latest After The Japanese for your dining and dancing pleasure, with odd references to Modest Mouse and Bucky Fuller. Or in the words of Z.Z. Top: Hawww Hawww Hawww.

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