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Hungry Otter Fest

I haven’t posted many haiku or short work lately. I have been fortunate to have been asked to put together my own No Air Radio Presents variety show for the Inaugural Hungry Otter Festival. It’s going to be a rock and roll night of poets, dancers, comedians, and musicians.                   August 21st  : The Pilot Light : Knoxville, TN. 

Dylan Kinnett, the founding editor of Infinity’s Kitchen Magazine, is coming down from Baltimore, and Josh Lavender is coming in from D.C.

Infinity’s Kitchen is a fun magazine. You can see their latest issue here.

Here are the links to my work in Infinity’s Kitchen I & II:

"Disconnect," a short short story. 

"Bull City Blues," an original short story, as well an experiment in broken text. 

1 month ago

What will your verse be?

1 month ago- 3

(Haiku 8/8/2014)

Tombstones and blazes;

Certificates, bank notes, cairns;

Life measured and mapped. 

(Haiku 8/7/2014)

The path is muddy,

Slowing the journey.

Now, smile, and wash feet in dew. 

A nickel, a dime, a little at a time. It doesn’t make much but it’s more than enough.

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Resolutions & Progress (pt. 1)

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for this year?  

I did. Or, at least, something like a New Year’s resolution. 

We may have much in common, you and I. Maybe you have experienced some significant hardships and disappointments or setbacks over the past few years. Maybe you have felt stagnant or lonely or lost. Through the different phases of my life, I have often found comfort in two assumptions: 

  • Everything changes. 
  • Any time is a good time to practice character building. 

This past December, I took a look at my life and set down my goals for 2014. I called this list: “Goals for a long and prosperous existence.” 

Now, it is July. We have travelled together over halfway around the sun on a giant spinning ball that is the only such place capable of sustaining life in the entire known universe. I consider this as good a time and place as any to re-orient myself to my own journey. 

After all, any time is a good time to practice character building. 

Do you feel like you have made any progress toward your goals in 2014? 

We may have much in common, you and I. Maybe you will not accomplish all of the goals you set for yourself in 2014. Maybe this does not bother you. Maybe, to you, the purpose of setting goals was not to get to an end but to begin moving in a direction.

My Goals for a Long and Prosperous Existence:

  1. Quit smoking. 
  2. Eat more vegetables.
  3. Exercise regularly. 
  4. Strengthen meditation practice. 
  5. Walk the Appalachian Trail. 
  6. Strengthen creativity practice. 
  7. Renounce worldly ambition.
  8. Practice smiling.

Haiku - 6/12/2014

Atop the ridge,

The town falls away.

Mist rolls off the blue mountains.

Haiku 6/7/2014

Birthdays are markers,

Like blazes on a trail, or

Pen lines up door frames.


Dust scatters


For Maya Angelou

Though muteness was considered your delicous temptation,
Your voice will echo
So long as the human heart
Dares to dream.

Hot and Fresh

Good morning, coffee.

When I wake up,

All I want is to feel you

On my tongue.  

River Markers

First, nothing.

Then, something.

Again, nothing. 

The river rolls on


Haiku 04/20/2014

Yesterday, the grass was cut.

In two days, cut grass. 

Bodhi lawn mower. 

(Haiku 4/17/14)

Barren winter land

Held by sun and moon.

The phoenix always rises. 

We have nothing but our lives here and now as we live them from moment to moment. The past as an actuality is gone, and exists, if at all, only as memory and condition. The future does not exist at all, except as potentiality and possibility. There is no other, better place to be than where we are right now. If this place and situation are vexing to the spirit, the problem is within ourselves, not inherent in the place or situation.

~ Dogen, “The Importance of Faith”
from How to Raise an Ox

How to Raise an Ox cover photo