POEM: red flags

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POEM: how to date someone you can’t touch: a handbook for the brave or foolish

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POEM: mountains

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POETRY READING: Webster’s, September 10, 2014

Photo by Sudeshna Ray Dasgupta

Photo by Sudeshna Ray Dasgupta

Here’s the audio from my 41st birthday poetry reading at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe in State College, PA. You can stream it or download it using the player above.

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POEM: Romania

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The I Ching, Tarot Cards, And A Rational Human

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tarot-sun I’m a complete nonbeliever in the supernatural. Recently I tried a couple I Ching readings and today a friend did a tarot reading. I tried them not because I feel as though some force in the universe is speaking to me, but as a way to push my thoughts outside their normal patterns. Both experiences reminded me of setting up rules for a poem. Part of the fun of writing a sonnet or a villanelle is avoiding your normal writing patterns by imposing a new structure. In the case of both the I Ching reading and the tarot reading, I found it fun and even instructive to focus on the particular topics called up in the readings. I wouldn’t make major life decisions based on a coin toss or a random series of cards, but I’d certainly try either method to impose a new set of rules on my thought patterns.

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