Monday, May 21, 2018


You Reach For Lilacs

This was two years ago

And I still remember

A Thought Of You, Brings This

There is a way to look at the sunrise

Without walking to it

Again, you have taught me this

A box of wet cherries

A book closed

With your lap

And things become precious to me

A half mile meadow

Deeply mowed, a circle of crows

Settle down

The machinery is still

Each hand stays filled

Long Time Together

4 dollars I paid

For this dark scarf

Of large red roses

And love’s fortune

Is that I had you

There with me, out

On the sidewalk to

Fold it, and wear

Around your neck

How We Build

It is a day

Of sawing slab wood


Then stacking

And be done

Tucking away insulation

Fixing windows

Sharpening every tool

The happy moment

Is that there are still

Small grasshoppers

In the slip of the meadow

That it is 28 degrees

At 7 this morning

And I wash your hair

In one bucket of

Strong spring water —

There is nothing like it

I'm In Love With You
Who Is In Love With Me
Longhouse 2012


Friday, May 18, 2018


M O R E !

The book I favor of the three seasons so far published
 with a look to summer

The paper quality all around of this series
is exquisite, book size ideal to sit under some tree all afternoon
and visit with this Norwegian story maker

Penguin Books 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

MAN TURNS INTO AN INSECT (what a surprise!) ~

Rebecca Solnit



Two new books about the
counterculture crushing crusader —
the bottom book details Leary's escape from prison
(more elaborate than you might imagine)
his life on the run to Algieria (and other hideouts, later nabbed in Kabul) 
and facing up with the Black Panthers
(which didn't go well) 
The top book is the richer of the two,
though both books work well together —
smart with correspondence of Leary's
along with Hurston Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Aldous Huxley,
Albert Hofmann, as well as royal vintage photographs ~
A reader's high

"PSYCHEDELIC THERAPY, whether for the treatment of psychological problems or as a means of facilitating self-exploration and spiritual growth, is undergoing a renaissance in America. This is happening both underground, where the community of guides like Mary is thriving, and aboveground, at institutions like Johns Hopkins, New York University and U.C.L.A., where a series of drug trials have yielded notably promising results.
I call it a renaissance because much of the work represents a revival of research done in the 1950s and 1960s, when psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin were closely studied and regarded by many in the mental health community as breakthroughs in psychopharmacology. Before 1965, there were more than 1,000 published studies of psychedelics involving some 40,000 volunteers and six international conferences dedicated to the drugs. Psychiatrists were using small doses of LSD to help their patients access repressed material (Cary Grant, after 60 such sessions, famously declared himself “born again”); other therapists administered bigger so-called psychedelic doses to treat alcoholism, depression, personality disorders and the fear and anxiety of patients with life-threatening illnesses confronting their mortality.
That all changed in the mid-’60s, after Timothy Leary, the Harvard psychologist and lecturer turned psychedelic evangelist, began encouraging kids to “turn on, tune in and drop out.” Silly as that slogan sounds to our ears, a great many kids appeared to follow his counsel, much to the horror of their parents. The drugs fell into the eager embrace of a rising counterculture, influencing everything from styles of music and dress to cultural mores, and, many thought, inspired the questioning of adult authority that marked the “generation gap.” “The kids who take LSD aren’t going to fight your wars,” Leary famously claimed. In 1971, President Nixon called Leary, who by then had been drummed out of academia and chased by the law, “the most dangerous man in America.” That same year, the Controlled Substances Act took effect; it classified LSD and psilocybin as Schedule 1 drugs, meaning that they had a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use; possession or sale became a federal crime. (MDMA, which was still being used therapeutically, was not banned until 1985, after it became popular as a party drug called Ecstasy.) Funding for research dried up, and the legal practice of psychedelic therapy came to a halt."
~ Michael Pollan