Monthly Archives: November 2013

New Poem of the Week: Presence


There are encounters in the wild when beauty and grace hit with the power and immediacy of lightning, sacred moments when spirit reveals itself to us and moves through us with such impact that it becomes a part of us, a part of our energy and moves through the breath, coloring our speech, giving shape to our story, our language.

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Presence

Stepped out onto the back deck  this morning and froze. A  big, thick four
point buck walking past  the fire pit below me. He turned his head briefly,
listening momentarily. Sniffed the air, but I was upwind of him. I watched
as he demolished a sapling aspen as he raked it repeatedly with his antlers.
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This prose poem came from an occurrence yesterday, a sudden and close-up encounter with the wild. Beautiful and powerful, so close and intimate, like a lightening bolt in it’s instant. I am adding this to my collection of prose poems for now. It is not a usual form I work with, but it has it’s place, and one day it will have it’s place in a manuscript amongst its other wild kin.

I have a manuscript, Deepening the Map being considered for publication, another manuscript, Owl Light nearly ready to submit. I am also making marked headway on my novel Lost Dog and frequently contributing to my novel jam and very excited to have dreamed an epic dream which i am excited to write into an amazing novel or series called searth. More on that later.

If you like this poem, consider reading a few of my new poems on my blog and checking out my book Span (Rhizome Publishing 2011, 2012,) Rhizome Publishing has gone out of business, and although my book is now out of print, I do have a few copies left at home, contact me to purchase them via my blogsite using PayPal or by check or money order $14.00 includes shipping and handling. The cover art by Mathias Valdez of Last Leaf Printing takes the book as object” concept to a lovely level.  Span also makes a great, inexpensive gift for the book or nature lover on your list.

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