Raising poets, growing poems

The rain screws up its face
and falls to bits.
Then it makes itself again.
Only the rain can make itself again.
–Adrain, age 4

Great article in Orion giving me hope that there are so many teacher poets changing vision and changing lives out there. Remember being a child? Remember learning to see? To hear? To take risks and to express and feel and ride it out? A chronicle of tiny, poetic lessons, major victories against complacency. Check it out, A Wilderness of Thought: childhood and the poetic imagination by Richard Lewis


Light like Coal

So a friend of mine posted these very cool literal translations he learned the other day and I couldn’t help but work them into a poem.

“Tlingit meanings my elder friend Marie taught me yesterday (the two words are the same in Tlingit). A language rooted in this place:

in the darkness of woodshed,
from light like coal
emerges jay, blue and rawkus
weaves its feathered wings
through red alder thicket
veiny green fluttering tree wings
soaring sunlight, climbing shadow
split but unstacked orange rounds
lay on the ground waiting for snow

Anything I can put ketchup on

To call them berries
really is blasphemy
too bitter without
help of cinnamon, cloves, molasses

these cranberries
hanging in frosted bunches
bagged to be boiled
milled and canned

this collecting,
this pushing through dense brush
down grown over logging roads,
this speaking of the words
hey and

this balancing act
of supermarket and
these berries

this ketchup
they became

this hunger for anything
I can put ketchup on

The Beauty of the Non-Linear Browse

Illustration by Joon Mo Kang

An interesting perspective (RANT) on the Future of Interactive Design from a former Apple User Interface designer.  Some very cool “potential technologies” on display in the video and pictures included in the post.  The author argues that the future of innovation should go beyond hands interacting with pictures under glass but should take into account the wonders of not just our hands but the graceful “ballet” our entire bodies perform almost thoughtlessly to interact with objects every day.  Innovate our bodies, our voices, our minds.

From a library perspective we’ve been thinking about the relationship between reading and technology instruction lately.  In the past, the library provided access to knowledge through books, we wouldn’t read the books for you but would available to show you  how to find them, open them and if you start bringing your children to the library early in life, we will demonstrate and teach important early-literacy skills.

Now enter new technology, new formats and new devices on which we input knowledge, take ebooks and ebook readers for example.  Now libraries find themselves in a position where not only do we help people find a book (ebook), we are one of the only places people can turn for instruction on how to use or interact with these new technologies.  How do I open this book, wait before I do that,  how do I get it off the shelf  (ie download and get the digital rights and transfer to my preferred reading device)?  Libraries are now playing a big role  in providing the digital literacy instruction needed to be a reader in an ever evolving technological climate.

Here’s a great article by author Lev Grossman about the evolution of reading technology from scroll to codex to ebook and the value and innovation of non-linear reading.  And then to lighten the conversation, a slapstick take (video) on the codex as a technological advancement over the scroll.

Progressive Energy Solutions AK

The continuing adventures of getting AK municipalities and homes off of oil….

Delta High School is gearing up to put their wood biomass boiler online to heat the 77,000 square foot school with the

option to expand to neighboring buildings.  Nice article in the Fairbanks News Miner, here.   Between grants from the Alaska Energy Authority and reimbursements for residential energy efficiency improvements from the Alaska Housing Finance Corps’ Home Energy Rebate program, Alaskans are kicking oil!

On the wood front, I’m excited to be nearing completion on the install of a salvaged Waterford 104 woodstove utilizing an existing masonry chimney in my 1915 home.  The plan this winter is to burn Idaho Energy Logs and pallet and construction waste scrap to supplement our electric forced air system.  Wood heat on the brain for sure!

Bad as Me: Hanging with Tom Waits

Well virtually hanging anyway in the front seat of a very rusty old car with a great set of speakers.  New Waits album, Bad as Me scheduled to drop on October 25th but it’s been leaked and Tom’s not too happy about it.  A spoiled birthday surprise so to speak.  I can understand wanting to hear the leaked album (especially  if you’re as hungry as me for everything this man touches  ie The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus) but I’ll wait until the official release and buy a legit copy.  Tom is one of the few artists, maybe a handful that I have bought every album they’ve put out and not yet been disappointed.   So enjoy these snippets from the new album, climb inside that rusty listening booth and dig this

And if you missed this one from the Glitter and Doom tour announcement, check it out.

Pecha Kucha?

Hadn’t heard of this presentation style featuring 20 images for 20 seconds each in a slide show format.  Was checking some out and thinking about making one myself and this one featuring TEXTURE just struck me as wabi sabi to the core.  Simple, found beauty, object speaking for itself, white background.  Could work even without the audio commentary.  Dig…http://www.pecha-kucha.org/presentations/249