Friday, July 27, 2012

Mr. Thank Yous

I only just found out
one of my favorite films
MR. THANK YOU (1936)
is based on a short story.
"Thank You" appears in the collection
by Yasunari Kawabata.
This book is filled with little stories of
2 pages or 4, long enough to fit in
the palm of the hand.

14 Animals

my new hand-sewn book
is now available

this is the lineup of poems:

the bumbling bee
mr. & mrs. soft and warm
the cow ghost
the plastic-coated cat
bluebell the mole
neighborhood stories
two rabbits
sending out thoughts
the bird planet
a family of deer
the underwater dog
one morning instead
the dragonfly driver

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bellingham Coal Train

Bellingham Coal Train

I hear the cry
deep at night
after 3 A.M.
when I can’t sleep
they roll that coal
in open car
after car
right through town
further upshore
to haul it away
to China

It must be the debt
for all our war
to have to dig
our own heart
out like that

How else can
the years of war
be accounted for
how else could we
collapse so far
every bullet, every filthy
hand to be greased
from here to there

That sound
brings up questions
how much is left
how much more
can be hollowed out
where is it from
how far do the tracks go
who are we fooling
these trains
tugging at
black veins

Yes, that’s right
think of vampires
running dark at night
but also in the daytime
people will stop
drop their lives
to watch it
rumble through
their neighborhoods
until it’s gone
an eerie quiet
left after thunder

I’ve heard
people who live
close to the tracks
even with windows
closed tight
they still find
soot on the sills
on the cloth curtains
on their furniture
flitting in the air

We must be
deep in debt
I’m afraid
we must be
miles in the red
digging down
in pockets
finding no more
spare change
coming up with coal

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I've finished my Michael Powell study
for now with the 1946 picture:
What an amazing movie.

Monday, July 23, 2012

1934 inspiration

This weekend I watched
Jean Vigo's L'ATALANTE
an inspiring beautiful film that
gets me ready for another novel

Friday, July 20, 2012

Journal of Forestry

Giant Moth over Bellingham

I heard a rush of wind and
just managed to catch these
pictures of a Giant Moth

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Powell again

Just watched Michael Powell’s film 
49th PARALLEL. It’s pretty intense. 
Filmed in 1941 while Canada’s WW2 
is starting, about these German sailors 
trying to sneak across Canada. It’s 
almost a sort of Coen Brothers film. 
Gets very violent and crazy, 
then beautiful, then not

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

bednight reading

ANOTHER DAY by Marie Hall Ets
by Ruth Kirk

Monday, July 16, 2012

More Archers

I can't get enough of the films of
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger.
This weekend, I watched

Sunday, July 15, 2012

1975 Diary ends

my grandparent's stove