"John Muir wrote about glaciers, trees, plants in unparalleled, romantic prose, but expressed contempt for people equating them to rats in one essay. In early encounters with Native Americans he described them as “lazy” and “superstitious”. Later, after living with Native Americans, he praised their low impact on the wilderness when compared to European-Americans."
"The truest art I would strive for in any work would be to give the page the same qualities as earth: weather would land on it harshly; light would elucidate the most difficult truths; wind would sweep away obtuse padding.” —Gretel Ehrlich"
Sea foam, Asbury Park, NJ.
Cindy’s shadow. Badlands. 10/20/2012.
More about this ginkgo leaf here.
Ceramic slip cast chess set by Tyler MacNeal.
"Be a keen observer. Focused observation curates the stimulus to your brain — a sort of “mindful shaping” of reality."
Richard Hugo discusses and reads Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg.
I was fortunate to hear Richard Hugo read his poems in Bozeman on a Spring evening in 1980. He was invited to read at Montana State by another favorite poet Greg Keeler. Hugo’s poems, and his peerless book on poetry writing, Triggering Town, have been influential in my approach to coaxing, writing and refining a poem.