The Next Big Thing

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Begun in Australia, The Next Big Thing is a campaign that has spread around the world. Authors answer several questions that introduce their next project. Then they tag another author to do the same, a type of web chain mail. I’ve been tagged by poet Joe Harrington. Continue reading

Impermanence and Presence

The poet sits at her table to write. She must do so. She is compelled. Words lure her to the blank page like a beckoning lover. Sometimes the lover welcomes the meeting with complete attention. Other times the hoped for embrace disappears. Perhaps the meeting was a fantasy. Or the lover has a change of mind. No guarantees.

Jane Hirshfield summarizes the motivation of Basho, 16th C Japanese haiku master in Continue reading

Enlightenment

I continue to flip through Reginald Ray’s Touching Enlightenment: Finding Realization in the Body after completing it several weeks ago.

Ray is a Tibetan practitioner in the lineage of Chogyman Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Naropa University. His book on the connection between somatic awareness Continue reading