Monthly Archives: August 2014

Million’s Poet

I heard an interesting documentary on the BBC World Service yesterday about an Arab reality television show which is the poetry equivalent of American Idol. It’s called Million’s Poet and the top prize is more than a million dollars. During … Continue reading

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Chester Alan Arthur

(Originally visited 18 March 2000) The stories recorded in these pages almost always end at the grave site. However, on this journey the adventure began after I left Chester Arthur’s tomb in Albany Rural Cemetery. Finding the grave was relatively … Continue reading

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Cucumbers

Today’s Zen calendar offered an excellent American Haiku: cucumber unaccountably cucumbering It was written by Paul Reps and I’m ashamed to admit that I hadn’t heard of him before so I did some cyber-stalking and now commend his work to … Continue reading

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Fly Leaf Books

Around 40 people attended the August Flyleaf Books Second Thursday Poetry Reading and Open Mic this evening. The featured readers were Terri Kirby Erickson, whom I interviewed for a Living Poetry podcast a couple of years ago, and a fellow … Continue reading

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Balconies

I hate windows! Give me a balcony to heed the world. I want the rain to wet my skin, the wind to tousle my hair, the hot to inspire sweat and the cold to shiver. I do not want to … Continue reading

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Gather’s Poets Cafe

Last night was my first trip to Gather and the Poets Cafe, in downtown Cary. Gather is a lovely little coffee shop and it was packed with poetry. Since I spend my day job sitting, I chose to stand in … Continue reading

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