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O Tinnitus (After Gerard Manley Hopkins)

O Tinnitus, buzzing in my ears– Wretched blasted buzzing thickets– Haunted my life for years With a sound like chirping crickets. Does this sound come from playing The noble viola for too long? Or is the sound due to laying … Continue reading

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I, Plastic Dino, Do Solemnly Swear…

[Note:  Image, originally from Facebook, courtesy of Military.com.] “I, Plastic Dino, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance … Continue reading

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Two Conversations Concerning The Relationship Between Obedience And Divine Favor

In a lonely and remote Alpine valley two learned peasant bible scholars talk while ploughing the soil with a couple of oxen shared by themselves and their much persecuted fellow brethren.  One of them says to the other, “Brother, have … Continue reading

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We Get That All The Time

At quiet desks analysts look at their e-mail requests for reports and spend hours stitching together excel spreadsheets from the phone reporting software that they use. When asked about what they do, and why the numbers look different depending on … Continue reading

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Book Review: Everyone Out Here Knows: A Bigfoot Tale

Everyone Out Here Knows:  A Bigfoot Tale, with words by William Stafford and illustrated by Angelina Marino-Heidel As someone who is fond of cryptozoology [1] and who has read a wide variety of William Stafford’s work [2], there is much … Continue reading

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Scene From A Sabbath Drive Past Multnomah Falls

Water rapidly rushes over the gorge under the approving gaze of the assembled travelers while the land slumps past the stumps of trees recently cut down over the road closed west to Bridal Veil. Nearby ashen mute moss-covered tree trunks … Continue reading

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This Time

The sound of the sirens gets louder and louder and nearer and nearer as I sit with my back to the window and my head facing a computer at which I am trying to write. “Are they coming for me … Continue reading

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Understatement

“Half of you here don’t get it,” a thundering voice said from the stage, to a crowd that very much wanted him and themselves to believe that they in fact did get it.  And yet that voice would not be … Continue reading

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Book Review: We Belong In History

We Belong In History:  Writing With William Stafford, by Oligan Press It is pretty easy to be envious of students growing up in Oregon with an interest in poetry.  After all, such students (some of whose work is included in … Continue reading

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Until The Dying Days

From time to time I like to clear out posts that have been in my drafts section for some time that have yet to be published, and this particular post was a poem I wrote in July 2013 and have … Continue reading

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