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Improv Champions Return to Juneau

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:01am
Sarah Shoemaker and Michael Yichao, 2014 College Improv Tournament National Champions, will perform their show, Tall Grande Venti, this weekend in Juneau, then join local performers in the debut of Cogs & Goggles, a steampunk-themed improvisation.

Kidnapped” now in bookstores; reading scheduled

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:59am
“Kidnapped by Muslim Rebels,” Juneau couple Loy and Ludy Maturan’s true account of the days they and their seven-month-old granddaughter spent kidnapped by extremists in the Philippines 26 years ago, is now available at Hearthside Books.

Did I mention…

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 3:47pm

…that I started an MFA program in May of 2015?  I’m finding it quite amazing that I’ve not posted since October 2015 despite a very productive writing period.  Glad to be working through draft after draft with the talented and generous Zack Rogow.  He’s so generous he’s giving away his sage advice on his blog.

So for the sake of bringing some recent work into the light, here’s one from the fall that’s nearing completion.

Rise

Nevermind the stillness— / the deep sleeps to awake.
–Nazim Hikmet from “The Epic of Sheik Bedreddin”

To get out
of the deep, first
go down

work that furious club-tail
through tunnel twists,
down, then up, then out.

Out of the deep-den,
beaver through waking,
through mist music,
light deep like black spruce
down at roots but rising.

Brittle sap floored-forest,
so many needles dropping,
daylight falling but trapped
in drooping night-net.

Rise, emerge,
outside den
and water warp, sight
swarms as translucent eyelids lift
forest and fractured light
come into focus.

Swim beaver, wet still,
become day, walk now,
spit spruce sap, build.


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