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Monday, September 26, 2016

Denali, Okinawa, Nogues, and a Surprise

I've been dreadfully unforgivably remiss in reporting on my residency at Denali this summer, and my excuse is that I'm busy working on a donation of poetry for them instead. I will link to that once the donation has been made, but that won't be for awhile. Maybe I'll get a chance to write up my visit, and maybe not. We'll see.

In the meantime, here is my review of Collier Nogues' The Ground I Stand On Is Not My Ground over at Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Nogues writes of growing up in Okinawa, an American with an attachment to the military base there. The questions that arise due to that experience are expressed via erasure poetry using thoughtfully chosen source texts. I travel to Okinawa every summer, so this was a fascinating book for me to consider, and I'm fairly certain you'll find it fascinating too.

And now, for your surprise: this link to "Fish Recorded Singing Dawn Chorus on Reefs Just Like Birds" from the New Scientist blog, which I liberally borrowed from poet Jennifer Sweeney's Facebook feed. Thanks, Jennifer.