Thursday, February 16, 2017

Brief Times Spent

The contemplative poet high atop Bear Lake.

A cool spring stroll
on Couchiching's shore
hesitantly welcomes you
back from Mexico's warmth.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Heart of it All

photo © Mark Butkus 2011
Happy Valentine's Day!

It's not the shoes or the clothes
The color or style of your hair
Nor the size of your wallet or waist

It's not what shade you put on your face
The color or length of your nails
Nor the matching watch or fitness bracelet

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Artist's Easel — The Inspirational Art of Marylou Falstreau

One Day She Woke Up to Share Art and Poetry.

How do you quench your thirst in the desert? I guess it all depends on what you are thirsting for. Last fall in the California desert we came across the art and poetry of Marylou Falstreau. It was like coming across a canteen of water in the desert. It was welcome. It was needed. And it sustained us...temporarily.

As a person needs water, a writer needs inspiration and we followed up with Marylou to learn more about her art. Her poetry and her passion. This is what she had to say.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Richard Eberhart's The Groundhog on this Day

There's no telling whether these "groundhogs" saw their shadow in Arroyo Seco, Mexico.

In June, amid the golden fields,
I saw a groundhog lying dead.
Dead lay he; my senses shook,
And mind outshot our naked frailty.
There lowly in the vigorous summer
His form began its senseless change,

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

First Lines Second Thoughts — H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man


First Lines Second Thoughts is a look at the first lines of well known literary works. On second thought, do these opening words stand alone as poetry? Today, on this winter day, we look at the opening lines of H. G. Wells' classic, The Invisible Man. The tale was initially serialized in Pearson's Weekly before publication as a novel later that same year — 1897.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Charles Bane Jr.'s The Chapbook — Fire


Fire touches fire
and in the meeting
is put out til morning
when we, in bed,
watch it rising from the east.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Russell Rosander's Spirit Dance

Neptuno y Sirena en Barra de Navidad, Mexico

I have seen my spirit
hiding in the dense core of a stone,
catching sunlight 
in the waves of the sea,
flowing wild and free

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Little Red Rooster for a Blues Chinese New Year

photo © Mark Butkus 2013
The rooster symbolizes fidelity, punctuality and exorcises evil spirits.

Happy Chinese New Year! To celebrate Chinese New Year how about cooking up some American blues. What's in the wok? A Little Red Rooster of course!

Like most blues standards Little Red Rooster borrows from many similar sounding songs that preceded it and it's true authorship is as mysterious as the blues itself.