Life, death and other investigations

our crow flies here

The poet Kaia Sand and I have had an ongoing conversation about poetry across nearly two decades. Now that we both live in Portland, we determined the exact middle point between our houses and that is where we meet. We documented some of our conversations about documentary poetry for Essay Press http://www.essaypress.org/ep-21/

With gratitude to Joe Harrington for curating this project and Andy Fitch and Courtney Mandryk at Essay Press. I’m honored to be in this company. The lovely map is Kaia’s.

The making of Dream Salon

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Chris Ashby, creator of the new journal Dream Salon from Couch Press, took me through the steps of making the journal this afternoon at the sublime IPRC here in PDX. This is a sneak preview, people. Come and see this gorgeous publication at the release party Saturday, January 17, 7 p.m., at the also sublime Mother Foucault’s, 523 SE Morrison.

The massive paper cutter--a beautiful circa 19th century hunk of metal.

The massive paper cutter–a beautiful circa 19th century hunk of metal.

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Perfect binding on the Bind-Fast 5

Pulling out the letter press plates for the cover.

Pulling out the letter press plates for the cover.

Cover plate

Cover plate

Folding covers

Folding covers

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.