Present by Ann Arbor

Present

  Present A poem by Ann Arbor written on June 1, 2016 during 42nd Annual Conference I’m here on the back deck made of rusty nails and weather beaten boards. Here where the chokecherry blossoms hold some small wasps in an opening dance. This is only the beginning of summer. The chestnut’s candelabra points in […]

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Age of the Serpent Workshop with Paul Kingsnorth and Martin Shaw

AGE OF THE SERPENT

Workshop with Martin Shaw and Paul Kingsnorth We live in strange, shifting times. The impossible becomes normal every day, and those who are supposed to understand how the world works – media, pollsters, pundits – look as confused as anyone else. Old political battle lines are dissolving, and too often listening and talking are replaced […]

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How I Became a Tedious Eco-Poet

How I Became a Tedious Eco-Poet A poem by Sam Mansfield Be joyful / though you have considered all the facts. – Wendell Berry It was after I considered all the facts It was because I love inconvenience It was when I read the phrase incompatible with a globally organized community It was after I […]

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On the Way Home from the Wildlife Sanctuary Poem Art

On the Way Home from the Wildlife Sanctuary

                  On the Way Home from the Wildlife Sanctuary A poem by Dale Rosenkrantz You found no arrows in the rainy forest – Elizabeth McKim On the way home from the wildlife sanctuary I found you curled on the bottom of a cloud like hair stuck to […]

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and i let the fish go poem art great mother and new father conference

And I Let the Fish Go

And I Let the Fish Go A poem by Abbot Cuttler When certain emotions show up I find it is best to dismiss them as if they are careful vassals entering the court of my body, and I their lord. Of course they are not and, of course, it is I who bow to them, […]

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waking poem art great mother and new father conference blog

Waking

Waking A poem by Audrey Gidman I step into my body as though I am a temple making holy the dirt. Here              I crack myself open     like an eggshell –                     a pale blue thing        coming apart […]

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2017 Reading List

Book Title Author The Odyssey Homer (translation, Robert Fagles Homeric Moments: Clues to Delight in Reading the Odyssey and the Iliad Eva Brann The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters Adam Nicholson Regarding Penelope: From Character to Poetics Nancy Felson Classical Mythology in Context Lisa Maurizio A Guide to the Odyssey Ralph Hexter Ancient Epic Poetry: […]

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2016 Story: The Listener

The Listener From the Seneca story: Haton-dos, the Listener. A telling by Martin Shaw. There was once a boy making trouble in the village. There’s always a boy making trouble in the village. He was sent to the hut of his uncle, a place where the settlement drifted into the vastness of the dark forest. One […]

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2016 Reading List

Book Title Author Ensouling Language and the Art of Non-Fiction Stephen Buhner Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm Stephen Buhner Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin Patrick Donnelly The Charge Patrick Donnelly The Eternal City Kathleen Graber Correspondence Kathleen Graber Bountiful Harvest: From Land to Table Betty LaDuke Snowy Tower: Parzival and the Wet, Black […]

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