Cat Love
Apr08

Cat Love

Nobody loves you and nobody can love you. It’s simply not the case that somebody else can slather love on and around you like butter, and you are incased in it. However, you can love and feel love about another and they can feel the same around the topic of you. So when I say I love you (and I do by the way) what I am really saying is that I feel love around you, I am filled with love because of you and I am in love, my own love, due...

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Message to poets
Feb08

Message to poets

I have nothing to say to you But know that  I don’t have to say it because you are already in touch with nothing. Since it seems that nothing is the message in almost every poem —the deep, silent, full nothing that is at the basis of everything— You are not my audience (what can I tell you?) It’s for others who think they can’t write a poem but can read and be reminded of nothing, in the middle of a busy day, and in that silence,...

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The Lab School, 1968
Jun25

The Lab School, 1968

Gathered to guidance by Hutcheson, Helff, Holmberg, Happ, Harper, Hale, Riechmann, Butzier, Struble, Aldrich, Vanderbeek, Mazula and Mahon, all the names, of teachers, looking out at little faces wondering, what can these children become? All of us, side by side, year after simple year in the 1950’s, then Sixties Marilyn Monroe, Rosemary Clooney, Howdy Doody, Elvis, Poodle Skirts, rattail combs, letter jackets, greasers, the long walk...

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High School Memory #2

The 50 year reunion (Class of 1968) is coming up for my two high schools, Malcolm Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls (I was there K-10) and Lincoln HS in Des Moines (11th and 12th grade). I’ll be attending both reunions, the CF one in June, and the DM one in September. The latter group asked for story submissions from back in the day, so I wrote this up as the another one of several stories I hope to send. I went out for...

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High School Memory #1

The 50 year reunion (Class of 1968) is coming up for my two high schools, Malcolm Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls (I was there K-10) and Lincoln HS in Des Moines (11th and 12th grade). I’ll be attending both reunions, the CF one in June, and the DM one in September. The latter group asked for story submissions from back in the day, so I wrote this up as the first of several stories I hope to send. The ’68 tennis...

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The Grand Canyon, for Risë
Feb17

The Grand Canyon, for Risë

It may seem surprising but when I got this house I didn’t know it was right next to the Grand Canyon I got here at night, after long travel in other states and other stories and this was to be my last stop It was only some years later that I learned that this house is right by the Grand Canyon I walked out back one day and what started out as a sort of crack of light when I got closer turned out to be a deep silence, with eons...

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