Every year for the past decade I've produced a chapbook of that year's poems, and hosted a reading at my home for 30-35 folks. This year's chapbook is entitled News From A Burning Man, a collection of mostly short prose poems inspired by the work of fellow Santa Cruz poets Gary Young and Joseph Stroud. Click on the image for a picture of the cover...
Here's two sample poems:
Modoc County, California,1985
After graduate school, my brother took me to a remote corner
of the world near Nevada, where we pitched our tent
next to a pair of astonishing rainbow women: nude
except for a feather here, a crystal there. Democratic
latrine pits in the open air, no one able to hide
their shit. Food for the asking, mushrooms, spirits.
After, not a shred of garbage anywhere. But it was the circle
at dusk, a mile-wide circumference of Om that still haunts—
how at the edge of the meadow the plateau plummeted
far down into barren desert below—how I’ve lived
with the memory like a ghost-limb ever since.
News From Burning Man
Black Rock Desert, Nevada, 2004
After forty mile an hour dust storms, any water
you’ve brought simply turns your body ashen.
Thirty thousand techno-anarchists, some of them
your neighbors from back home, offer to paint your penis,
cheek, torso in colors the desert only dreams of.
The bottomless night is when the real work begins,
pursuing Dionysus down endless tunnels the devil
himself has yet to conceive. But when the Wicker Man
burns---huge tower of corporate cardboard lit
in the dead of night---it is then you know
there is hope, that the world may yet be saved.
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