January 15, 2021

Keith Jarrett’s “The Köln Concert” by Mike Monteiro

Keith Jarrett's "The Köln Concert" Here’s a brief recap of Keith Jarrett’s day on January 24, 1975: He drives six hours from Zurich, Switzerland, where he played a few days earlier, to Köln, Germany. He… Continue Reading

January 15, 2021

“My Wisdom” by Naomi Shihab Nye

My Wisdom When people have a lotthey want moreWhen people have nothingthey will happily share it*Some people saynever getting your waybuilds characterBy now our character must bedeep and wide as a continentAfrica, Australiagiant cascade of… Continue Reading

January 8, 2021

“Once the World Was Perfect” by Joy Harjo

Once the World Was Perfect Once the world was perfect, and we were happy in that world. Then we took it for granted. Discontent began a small rumble in the earthly mind. Then Doubt pushed… Continue Reading

January 1, 2021

“Burning the Old Year” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Burning the Old Year Letters swallow themselves in seconds.Notes friends tied to the doorknob,transparent scarlet paper,sizzle like moth wings,marry the air. So much of any year is flammable,lists of vegetables, partial poems.Orange swirling flame of… Continue Reading

January 1, 2021

“A Few Rules for Predicting the Future” by Octavia E. Butler

A Few Rules for Predicting the Future “So do you really believe that in the future we’re going to have the kind of trouble you write about in your books?” a student asked me as… Continue Reading

December 11, 2020

“Distant Lights of Olancha Recede” by Harold Budd

Distant Lights of Olancha Recede The boy, my boyLets the full charge flyThe sound is masked by the rolling thunder peeling off the Sierras Late desert evening, getting black, getting feralThe kilns haven’t felt fire… Continue Reading

November 28, 2020

“2001” Metal Monolith Found in the Utah Desert

A Towering Monolith Reminiscent of the Film "2001" Recently, employees from the Utah Department of Public Safety happened upon a silver monolith in the remote desert while doing an aerial survey. The structure, almost 12-foot-tall,… Continue Reading

November 27, 2020

“Speaking Tree” by Joy Harjo

Speaking Tree I had a beautiful dream I was dancing with a tree.                                             … Continue Reading

November 13, 2020

“For Keeps” by Joy Harjo

For Keeps Sun makes the day new.Tiny green plants emerge from earth.Birds are singing the sky into place.There is nowhere else I want to be but here.I lean into the rhythm of your heart to… Continue Reading

November 13, 2020

Schrödinger’s Dumpster

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