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darkness

Hello, reader.  How are you doing?  I want to tell you what I secretly do when Ming is not around.  It’s so edgy!  At night, when Ming is out and I’m home, which is very rare, I give myself a treat: I turn off all the lights.  My treat is darkness. seed Do you like… Read More »

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hat genius 26

Hello, reader.  How are you today?  I have a new poetry zine: hat genius 26. I’m up for trades.  Please let me know if you’d like one.  The poems are about love, death, homelessness, community.  Some are listy.  They all have a lot of heart. The drawings are by Ming and me.  I love doing… Read More »

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rice cakes

“Somewhere between crackers and chips, there is a field.  I’ll meet you there, with rice cakes,” I told Ming.  We were in a Safeway grocery store on the Oregon coast, looking for snacks. We’d just found the rice cakes, the dividing line between crackers and chips in a snack isle.  Snacks are big bucks, I… Read More »

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pride poetry

Oh hey.  I heard about some special pride poetry thing.  I heard about it from a Lex ad.  You dial a phone number during certain hours, and someone would write a poem about the subject of your choice.  Wow, instant poetry gratification. I didn’t know anything about it. Was I supposed to pay money? Was… Read More »

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schizophrenia dream

I woke up in the morning from a schizophrenia dream and wrote this six word poem. schizophrenia dream fresh asparagus closed tightly Then I photographed some asparagus in our colander before I broke off the woody stems and cooked the tender shoots in my wok.  Wow, it was delicious. Then I made the schizophrenia dream… Read More »

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be my guest

Hello, I’m so excited–my second guest blog post Disabled Permaculture is out on my friend’s Awkward Botany blog.  Please take a look! I talk about how Ming and I are disabled, how disabled permaculture is a great way for us to garden and do community, and how it’s part of our interdependent family.  Gardening is… Read More »

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bad books

“Don’t you go writing more of those bad books,” H said.  He was watering our garden.  I peeked my head out the door because I thought the waterer was Ming.  But it was H. “Did I write a bad book?” I asked. “Yeah, I saw that book you wrote.  Over in Freedom House, on the… Read More »

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idiot wind

Idiot Wind is a new book by my poetry friend Michael Hannon.  It was published last year by Hoopsnake Press with art by Ke Francis.  I’d read and loved the manuscript, so I was happy to receive the book in the mail a few days ago, see the art, and revisit the poems in book… Read More »

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disabled dancing

Hello, I recorded a new poem “disabled dancing.”  I wrote it a few days ago after chalice circle.  We’d been talking about pets, and I was thinking a lot about teeth.  How some people get their pets’ teeth cleaned, but I live with elders who’ve been chronically homeless, and mostly they don’t have teeth.  I… Read More »

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releasing art

I was talking to my friend Ariel about releasing art.  When I work on something for a long time, it can feel hard to let it go.  Or I feel like I need to mark the occasion. It made me remember when I was a kid in a play.  It was a big deal, the… Read More »