Sunday, December 07, 2008

Winding Down

My poem "Trees are poems to a typewriter in the woods" won 1st place in the Indiana Nature Poetry Contest, co-sponsored by Mounds State Park. What a nice way to end the year!

I am scheduled to record new poems in January for Janny Kander's The Poet's Weave program on WFIU. "Trees" will definitely be among them.

The chapbook is "done," at least in the metaphorical/-physical sense. I've sent it to a couple of colleagues for scrutiny. Hopefully I'll start sending to contests and publishers by the end of the year, and in earnest in January.

Mars and I have started packing. Ugh. I'll be in Michigan for Christmas helping her settle, then back with her in B-ton in time for New Years. Then she drives back by herself to start the new job soon thereafter.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Slice!

"Everything written symbols can say has already passed by. They are like tracks left by animals. That is why the masters of meditation refuse to accept that writings are final. The aim is to reach true being by means of those tracks, those letters, those signs — but reality itself is not a sign, and it leaves no tracks. It doesn’t come to us by way of letters or words. We can go toward it, by following those words and letters back to what they came from. But so long as we are preoccupied with symbols, theories, and opinions, we fail to reach the principle."

"But when we give up symbols and opinions, aren’t we left in the utter nothingness of being?"

"Yes."

— Kimura Kyūho, On the Mysteries of Swordsmanship, ca. 1768
(epigraph from Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style)

For Marta



"Green" by Ken Nordine, from Colors