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this compulsion to write

I’ve often heard of poets describing their creative “gift” as more of a burden. I can relate to this, as I don’t feel as if my day has started until I’ve written a haiku. I haven’t kept an exact count, … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 66

Minutes before the alarm rang this morning, I dreamed that I was living at the house I was raised in back in Farmingdale, NY. Also with me were my wife Mary and my dog Tito. The dream began with Tito … Continue reading

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river of dreams

Mary and I closed on a vacation house on Cape Cod today. The current plan is to eventually make this our primary residence, but that will have to wait a few years. For now, it will be our getaway, our … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 65

To borrow from a classic Robyn Hitchcock album title, I often dream of trains. Recurring themes include waiting for a train that never arrives, missing the train, getting on the wrong train, or getting off at the wrong stop. In … Continue reading

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haiku and politics

Haiku is a medium of observation, therefore by definition it is neutral in terms of politics. Its role is not to pontificate, but rather to record. In this sense, it’s a lot like photography: the act of capturing a static image … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 64

I was visiting an old girlfriend, which I knew from the outset was probably a bad idea. I tried to keep our conversation light. “Do you think you’re going to stay here in Pittsburgh?” I asked. “Not if I can’t find … Continue reading

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dream sequence – part 63

We had just purchased a new home — actually a big old one — and were making our initial walk-through before moving in. We weren’t alone. There were still people living in the house. Finding the stragglers proved a bit problematic. We could hear … Continue reading

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