Monthly Archives: July 2011

Watermelon Rind Gazpacho

When I clip recipes from the newspaper, I either make them right away, or they pile up for months. This one struck a chord as it comes from a blog section titled “Otherwise Trash.” As someone who invented a compost … Continue reading

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Poetry or Freecell?

Yesterday I read a few poems at this event, at the Expressions gallery in Berkeley near the Ashby BART.  It included several poets from Squaw Valley Community of Writers poetry workshop. I’d decided to accept all invitations to read; I … Continue reading

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The cradle

A reader asked for more information on the stresses in the “cradle” example in the earlier discussion on prosody.  So here it is, diagrammed: Bob Hass noted that while you can argue about exactly what is stressed in a line, generally … Continue reading

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Witches’ Brew

My friend is sick, so I made her some soup using the first harvest from the garden. Sauteed the onions and garlic in olive oil, added a little fresh grated turmeric, ginger, and cumin. Threw in the carrots, potatoes, and … Continue reading

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Narnia or poetry workshop?

As a child, I was always looking for the door at the back of the wardrobe to get into another world. I believed that I could be transported to Narnia if I just knew where to find the door. As … Continue reading

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Two more poems from Saturday’s Salon

Both of these are by Lisa Rappoport: Czeslaw Milosz Buys Lion or Tiger Urine at the Oakland Zoo —or so it has been reported: or rather, so goes the report of his intent, unaccompanied by any definitive evidence of whether … Continue reading

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Polenta Pizza & Some Highlights from the Salon

Here is the Polenta Pizza recipe from the Salon, as promised: Polenta Pizza 1½ C Polenta 6 C stock ¼ tsp red pepper flakes ¼ C butter salt to taste Roasted vegetables Heat the stock to boiling and gradually stir … Continue reading

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Salon Saturday

For the past year or so, four of us have been hosting more-or-less quarterly salons–with letterpress invitations from Littoral Press and a diverse group of artists, poets, writers, and musicians attending and reading or performing or showing their work. Each … Continue reading

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Baby Vegetables

While I know that showing pictures of individual plants in your garden is like showing family photos, some of you may love photos of baby vegetables as I do. For you, here’s a short slide show of the growing corn, artichokes, tomatillos, … Continue reading

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The hocus-pocus gnosis of this world

This is from the final two lines of “Song,” in Dean Young’s new book, Fall Higher. I love the unique way he expresses the odd juxtapositions that somehow create what we perceive as meaning–the hocus-pocus gnosis. He’s not an easy … Continue reading

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