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Quotation and Recommended Reading

The Letterwriter “If I am out of my mind, it’s all right with me,” thought Moses Herzog.  Some people thought he was cracked and for a time he himself had doubted that he was all there. But n0w, though he still behaved oddly, he felt confident, cheerful, clairvoyant and     strong. He had fallen under a […]

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I can’t complain, but I do.

RE FA AND ANTIFA from the vault, 1985 Fifth House, Saskatoon Me n him busting a move! CORRECT IN THIS CULTURE right thinking, thinking like us us thinking we’re left looking forward: our future, our children ourselves, our bodies assuming the correct posture, but not a pose cameras are permissible, but only to gather evidence, […]

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Doing, Not Being, There

Waiting I’ve submitted my new poetry manuscript Music For Men Over Fifty: Songs of Love and Surgery, being called Love and Surgery for short. Now as the song goes “Waiting is the hardest part,” I’m also waiting for a prosthesis, first measurements on Friday at Lawson Prosthetic, 610 Ellice Ave. in Winnipeg. I’m also waiting […]

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PASSAGES JUNE 24, 2018

Ruth Wiebe, a generous supporter of Mennonite Literary Society 2.0 and its publication Rhubarb, died unexpectedly n St. Boniface Hospital June 2, 2018 in Winnipeg at the age of 71. “I always knew I could give Ruth a call if I needed to check reality – or fantasy for that matter. It’s going to take […]

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WHERE DOES IT HURT?

My left foot has been amputated. To my surprise,  a great deal of my left foot pain has been eradicated. I didn’t expect it, and most health professionals, and people with lived experienced with amputation, didn’t either. I could no longer walk on my left foot, switching it out for a prosthetic will allow me […]

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PASSAGES JUNE 11

  Several noteworthy deaths last week, including my cousin, two celebrity suicides, and two Manitobans who made a difference. Roland Penner, whose father was a communist and elected Winnipeg Alderman was originally from Gretna, Manitoba. His father and brother left the Communist party when they learned about Stalin’s atrocities. Roland Penner was an elected member […]

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NEW IDEAS FROM THE IDEA FACTORY

I have more new ideas from the Idea Factory. One is several pots or “stations” of stanzas, usually separated by a poem it could be, which is the artistic control left to the writer. The player would choose, and the game would be to put it together in a particular order or not, could set […]

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Passages: Three Dead Men In A Drunken Boat

Robert Lowell and Hank William dance with Field Commander Cohen A bad black and white movie, this dying in the back bench seat of a yellow New York taxi cab. Robert Trail Spence Lowell without the heart for the trip home, tips his head on his hoary chest, frees his depressed nuerons to collide with […]

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Passages; Lowell on Sunday and Roethke

Waking Early Sunday Morning  by Robert Lowell           For Theodore Roethke by Robert Lowell   “I LEAVE MY FATHER’S EYE”                      –  Theodore Roethke I stumble into the pool, my fall checked by the cleanest water until I put my head down my feet up. Enveloped by a field of […]

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International Jazz Day – Bemsha Swing !

“Charlie Haden was the bass player with the Ornette Coleman quartet.  I saw them live in Vancouver  at The Cellar (the original Cellar) in the early 60’s.  Don Cherry was the trumpeter, but I cannot remember the drummer’s name.  Don Cherry actually subbed for me on a New Year’s gig.  He’d stuck around after one […]

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