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 January 27, 2020. 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, November 11, 2019

Robert Burns and The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

photo © Mark Butkus 2010
On Turning her up in her Nest, with the Plough, November 1785.

Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
          Wi’ bickerin brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee
          Wi’ murd’ring pattle!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Charles Longstreet and a Rumination

photo © Mark Butkus 2009
Is happiness a quixotic quest?

Happiness and unhappiness
Are created by events
Occurring in the environment
Which surrounds us
Making them equal
In every way.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Russell Rosander asks, Can You Hear Me Now?

photo © Mark Butkus 2019
The naked artist's palette.

I step outside, naked into the night,
into the swirl of distant starlight,
spinning timelessly overhead.