Sunday, September 24, 2017

Writers Above Willoughby

Northeast Storytellers Annual Cookout

At this year's Northeast Storytellers cookout at Brooke Cullen's place in Barton, we finally got around to honoring our recently fallen poet member and friend, George Mathon — who passed away in March after a long, courageous fight with recurrent cancer. 

Reading from his poems in his latest published book, Killers, we'd just finished passing it around and reading a poem each when the coyotes on a nearby hill kicked in with a spirited, yippy wailing.

It certainly sounded to us like they were saying "goodbye" to George, too  or maybe he was saying "hello" to us. George is still very much with us, though passed.

Monday, September 18, 2017

"It Wasn't Hard"

It wasn't hard like slavery
It wasn't hard like death
It lacked dramatic misery
Like breathing one's last breath.

It wasn't hard like pushing
Boulders up a hill
But it was hard in its own way
(And it sits with me still.)
September 17, 2017

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Jack Kerouac Unmolested

“If it hadn’t been for Western-style capitalism, free economic byplay, movement north south east and west, haggling, pricing, and the political balance of power carved into the U.S. Constitution, I wouldn’t have been able or allowed to hitchhike half broke through 47 states of this union and see the scene with my own eyes, unmolested.”

Dharma Bum