Writing the Pacific Plastic patch

A nice article by Gary Chun, and featuring photos by Jen Coleman, about events at the University of Hawaii organized by Susan M. Schultz and with support from Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Lecturership series, which is allowing me to spend time in the midst of the vast blue with poets I so admire: Susan, Brian Teare, Stephen Collis, Craig Santos Perez. I also just have to mention that appearing in the photos are Ron and Noni Sanford of Volcano Village, Hawaii, who were generous to bring Jen and me to Kamilo Point back in 2011 to witness the plastic plaguing their shores.

Ceiling dwellers

At the Alette in Oakland conference recently, I passed out small mirrors with a photo of Alice Notley glued to the back. I asked people to hold the mirror, reflective side up, under one eye and pretend they lived on the ceiling. The point of “ceiling dwelling” is to make the everyday world strange, to help cultivate the discipline of disobedience.

ceiling game

Here is Alice Notley holding an Alice Notley mirror under her eye.

notley ceiling game

I feel such gratitude to the Alette in Oakland organizers at the Bay Area Public School for making all kinds of amazing things happen that weekend.