Saturday, November 16, 2019

First-Ever Costalegre Book Fair Announced for 2020

photo © Mark Butkus 2012
Authors wanted for Costalegre Book Fair...and crowds.

The Centro de Arte y Cultura (CENAC) Melaque is hosting the first-ever Costalegre Book Fair on February 18, 2020 — one week before Carnaval! We are looking for published book authors who are willing to speak about their craft, their inspiration and to speak of their output — their books. The afternoon-long event will be held at Las Cabanas #15 — the cafe at CENAC — from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Susan Lockhart and her Barra Daze

photo © Mark Butkus 2019
I "Heart" Barra!

Barra daze, Barra daze
Each new moon
A day is born
And across the sea you gaze

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Sailboat — a Poem by Stacy Rae Lake

photo © Stacy Rae Lake 2019
A sailboat's dream is to dream big.

An earth angel with cement wings and heavy feet
cries out far and deep inside for help

Her very core
now dry and alien

She is drifting lost with an ill fated humanity.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Émile Nelligan et la Beauté cruelle

photo © Mark Butkus 2014
Le 24 juin c'est La Fête Nationale du Quebec.

Certe, il ne faut avoir qu'un amour en ce monde,
Un amour, rien qu'un seul, tout fantasque soit-il;
Et moi qui le recherche ainsi, noble et subtil,
Voilà qu'il m'est à l'âme une entaille profonde.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Little Houses by Russell Rosander

photo © Mark Butkus 2009
Little houses...

We all live in little houses
without any trousers,
where all the walls are mirrors.
Where all of our senses
and all our defenses
reflect only our desires and our fears.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Lionel Johnson and The Precept of Silence

photo © Mark Butkus 2011
The precept of silence in a bottle of absinthe.

I Know you: solitary griefs
Desolate passions, aching hours!
I know you: tremulous beliefs,
Agonized hopes, and ashen flowers!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

What It's All About: A Sailing Poem

photo © Mark Butkus 2019
Sailing is the noblest and the best-compensated of all the arts.

No, you cannot find the world of waters in a motor boat.
You cannot help but find it in a sailboat,
for that world of water and sky, wind and tide,
is not only about you but part of you as well.
It is your motor as well as your resistance —
your safeguard as well as your enemy.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Of Philip Levine and The Water's Chant

photo © Mark Butkus 2018
A clear mountain stream in the High Sierras.

Seven years ago I went into
the High Sierras stunned by the desire
to die. For hours I stared into a clear
mountain stream that fell down
over speckled rocks, and then I
closed my eyes and prayed that when
I opened them I would be gone

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Hannah Rodrigues On Keeping Warm in Winter

photo © Mark Butkus 2003
Baby, it's cold outside.

It all started
on the 11th of November...
when you have to keep warm
for the winter hibernation.