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This poem reminds me of the on and off dialog I have been having with a Canadian poet who is down on post-modernism because much of it is: “gibberish” in his view, but whose own work is clichéd and sentimental. How would one translate whale...

This 2015 August Poetry Postcard Fest poem continues the “being as comedian” thread from the last poem, makes a reference to a direction in a prompt I saw online and alludes to some of the more out of line kvetching brought on by the implementation of...

The largest category of (August Poetry Postcard Fest) cards I send out, in terms of the image, feature Coastal Salish art. I think this is one of the world’s most potent artistic traditions, on a par with any movement at any time in history, and...

Autumn came in with a bang yesterday, three weeks early. (Damage is said to be in the tens of millions of dollars.) It's odd, but early Spring and early Summer this year were greeted with great joy. Early Fall? Ugh. Truth is many around here loved...

[caption id="attachment_5536" align="alignleft" width="272"] Joanne Kyger[/caption] This is the first "official" poetry postcard of mine for 2015, year 9. I sent out one "practice card" to someone from last year's list, but THIS year I decided to use Joanne Kyger's new book On Time as a source...

[caption id="attachment_5716" align="alignleft" width="300"] Joanne Kyger at CPF2 (photo by George Bowering)[/caption] The second poem from the 2015 August Poetry Postcard Fest, this one is really the first, since #505 was a dry run and #506 starts the poems that all lead off with a quote...

Thanks to Sam Hamill's suggestion, I have been reading Crowded by Beauty a biography of Beat Poet and Zen Monk Philip Whalen by David Schneider. Am loving it and finding it a great companion and inspiration for the 9th annual August Poetry Postcard Fest. The Tibetan concept...

[caption id="attachment_7609" align="alignleft" width="300"] Eeyore[/caption] I know what you are thinking. Don't put any more energy into things like this, but my strong sense of justice is begging me to respond. So, after changing another dirty diaper from my 3 year old and reading her a...

[caption id="attachment_7582" align="alignleft" width="283"] Georgia O'Keeffe[/caption] The signup for the 9th August Poetry Postcard Fest is final and the list has been sent to all participants. The total number of participants is down from an all-time high in 2014 - 423, to 208 in 2015, but...