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The Cosmic Rhyme of Fives

sea star

Alone among a mussel cluster

a sea star glows in stillness,

vermillion

like a smile

like sunshine while

the sea grass sways.

 

Today

I stand in cold tide pools

because that

is where my bare white

feet make sense, alone among

the cosmic rhyme

of fives.

 

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Within Within

 

Within Within

When I turn the radio on
I want to turn the radio on
again
I want to turn the radio on
within within
I want to turn the radio on
I want to find a frequency without
a frequency without
to tune to
too
I want to find
a frequency
without
a frequency
within

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Notes from the Bonfire

crescent

fire notes

fire notes3

fire notes2

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Of A Wednesday

wednesday

The week hangs from a Wednesday

dangling a loop

of dropped Saturdays

and Sundays

from an inversely

symmetrical chain

of Tuesdays and Thursdays;

The mid-day clasp of a Wednesday

opposites the dark medallion

of Saturday night.

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A Thing of Lasting Beauty

lasting beauty

The same air,
the same sea,
the same molecules-
these things don’t age
unless arranged,
organized by time
to attempt a deed,
accomplish a thing
finite and resolute,
a thing of lasting beauty
like the sky.

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How to Stare Up at the Stars

night sky

1. Find a dark clear night.

2. Walk outside to a clearing.

3. Stand straight.

4. Tilt your head all the way back.

5. Open your eyes wide.

6. Stare up at the stars.


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Tsuru Update: Sculpting the Basswood Crane

crane4

The crane, roughed-out in layers of basswood, almost ready for shaping

I’ve been laminating layers of basswood to shape into a large crane sculpture, to be cast in bronze as the feature of our Tsuru Project in Denver. With a specific gravity of 0.32 and non-directional, knot-free grain, the wood is lightweight, stable, and carves easily, making it the perfect material to shape into a stylized bird at this scale. Of equal significance to me, basswood comes from the linden tree, a species that thrives in regions where crane historically migrate.

I always like to find congruence between the forms I make and their material origin, however oblique or obscure. Since pre-Christian times, the tree was thought to have divine, healing powers throughout Northern European cultures, and its wood has since been carved and painted into panels and alters for religious iconography. In late spring, the linden tree produces a blossom that famously attracts honeybees, who make a distinctive monofloral honey with the nectar. The tree has always been associated with love, and is the subject of countless romantic poems:

Under the Tilia Tree

On the open field,
where we two had our bed,
you still can see
lovely both
broken flowers and grass.

On the edge of the woods in a vale,
tandaradei,
sweetly sang the nightingale.

Walther von der Vogelweide (c. 1170–c. 1230)


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