Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Occupation of Tenacatita: One Year Later

photo © Mark Butkus 2006
¿Qué pasa en Tenacatita?

On August 4, 2010, businessman Andres Villalobos' security force swept through the tiny Pacific coast beach town of Tenacatita, Jalisco, Mexico. Businesses were bulldozed, people evicted, property confiscated and a perimeter fence erected.

Third-world actions occur in third-world countries but the unique circumstances of Tenacatita go beyond what you will find in most Banana Republics.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fading Faces of Morocco

The road to nowhere.

Bogart and Bergman in Casablanca
never left the backlot

Kerouac and Ginsberg in Tangiers
Where Allen discovered America
and Jack his desolate angels

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Shake the Dust

This is for the fat girls.

This is for the little brothers.

This is for the school-yard wimps,
this is for the childhood bullies who tormented them.

This is for the former prom queen,
this is for the milk-crate ball players.

This is for the nighttime cereal eaters
and for the retired, elderly Wal-Mart store front door greeters.

Shake the dust.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

On the Shores of Walden Pond

The baptismal font known as Walden Pond.
You were born
to be dipped
in the waters of
Walden Pond

Monday, August 1, 2011

First Lines Second Thoughts — Don Quixote

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? As we travel through Spain, we are reminded of Cervantes' Don Quixote. Published in two volumes. Ten years apart, in 1605 and 1615.