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Handwritten Homage

“Inconceivable to type poems out directly — to write poems on the typewriter.  For some reason, poems demand handwritten homage.”
— Joyce Carol Oates, from… 40 more words

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Poetry Matters

“. . . when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle class, or that it shouldn’t be read at school because it is irrelevant, or any of the strange and stupid things that are said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy.   195 more words

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Taking the Risk to Blossom

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
— Anais Nin

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Trappings of Life Lived

“These remnants, the flowers and pinecones and photographs and binoculars and dog-eared field guides, were the trappings of life lived as though nature were both wings and nest.  22 more words

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Celebrating National Poetry Month with a Daytrip to the Bloedel Reserve

The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is another of the gardens featured in Donald Olson’s The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour.  I vaguely remember visiting about 20 years ago, and I resolved to return this year with my camera. 269 more words

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Sandhill Cranes Described Poetically

“The blood-red head bows and the wings sweep together, a cloaked priest giving benediction.”
— Richard Powers, The Echo Maker

“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty.  725 more words


Going to the Books. Going to the Birds.

” . . . for a full and true appreciation, one must go to the books before going to the birds themselves.”
— Louis J. Halle, … 379 more words

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