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Fascinated, I've begun researching and documenting the history of poetry in Santa Cruz County. Historian Sandy Lydon has suggested I include poems like Santa Cruz Has Everything - But You and, in fact, plan to publish it soon in Santa Cruz Weekly's "Local Poets, Local Inspiration" feature...
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I'm gearing up again as editor of Writers Friendship. For more, please see  "on the nature of literary friendship." The series goes back many years and is now appearing online in a new format. General introduction to the series follows. Comments welcome! ---   Introduction “How...
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Santa Cruz Garden Mall, Oct. 89
Arne Christiansen now running the seven or so posts that make up Earthquake Collage on his blog ( Remembering the Loma Prieta Earthquake Collecting stories about the great quake of ‘89 which focuses on first person stories of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Postings appearing one a day, Day 1,...
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Putting together notes for my April 9 – 11, 2010 Autobiography workshop (Esalen). I’m in that “Gathering” stage, reading, sifting, transcribing material from a wide range of sources… some will go into the outline which I plan to share with those attending… other material will be discarded or simply...
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In a piece, a prose poem titled "The Library," Morton Marcus writes, "When I die I will be a book on a shelf in the library, and this notion doesn't bother me. I look forward to leaning against Melville and Montagine, and I can't wait to stand in the ranks..." Saturday we...
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Because poet Mort Marcus was a friend and ally, someone I've known since I moved to Santa Cruz in 1985, this Santa Cruz Sentinel article by Wallace Baine has special meaning. Most of what I post is original, but now and then something special comes along that I'd like to share... and it touches on...
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Poet Mort Marcus phoned a few days ago fully conscious, fully present... and it was one of those brief, but complete... well, a goodbye conversation, exemplary... actually, Mort did most of the speaking... for my part, all I could think to say was, "O Mort, O Mort! And then those last few...
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This is a poem, "One Art," that I seem to have known before, _long_ before I first read it, and foolishly forgot, and then it comes back into my life and it's there again as if it had never not been there. One Art     by Elizabeth Bishop The art of losing isn't hard to master;so many...
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Santa Cruz Mall 10.17.89
First cover story, "Earthquake Collage," impressions, recollections, news items, poetry and facts regarding the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and its aftermath. Compiled shortly after the quake, this collage provides a series of images of what it was like to be in Santa Cruz at that time....
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Gloria's Drum
Final Weekend of Santa Cruz County Open Studios, 11 AM - 6 PM, Oct. 24-25. See sampling of Susana Arias' stand-out work, attached - Gloria's Drum. For more, visit Susana online.  Or, email: susana@cruzio.com  Quick background on this artist: 2523 A Mission St. Santa Cruz, California831.423.7910...
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Unleashed, The Dogs in My Life
Cover art for UNLEASHED: THE DOGS IN MY LIFE, a book-length celebration of dogs and dogginess. At the heart of the work (still in progress) is the question, What does it mean to be a dog in 21st Century America, 15,000 years after these animals (canis lupus familiaris, a subspecies of the gray woof...
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Lila Klapman's "Muse" is, for me, one of the stand out sculptural pieces in this year 's Open Studios Art Tour 2009 - on display 2581 Mission St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Final weekend: Oct. 17 & 18, 11 AM - 6 PM. Lila is catalog artist #92.
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Blue Accordion Man
Outside O'Neill's Surf Shop, downtown Santa Cruz... never know what you're gonna see. Live man in blue and I _think_ he said he owned over 140 accordions. Photo of the Day. Trying out my new Nikon CoolPix!  
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How can a book this good go unpublished? Reading a friend’s manuscript. Our poetry group, seven of us, former and current UCSC writing profs, commenting on one another’s work… sometimes individual poems, sometimes a chapbook or book-length project. Under discussion at this time is Charles...
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 Just reading my redroom.com friend and ally, Aberjhani, who has an article in latest African-American Art Examiner. Aberjhani is an award-winning journalist and native of Savannah, Georgia, and the author (or co-author) of eight books, including Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, a novel, a...
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