POEM: the unmoving stars go uniformly westward

the unmoving stars go uniformly westward

chai growing cold beside me
I page through a book of mystic poems
these days everything is closer to my skin
and my nerves push up toward the sky
like saplings looking for sunlight

walking around ecstatically is both
tiring and enlivening; I’m swimming
downstream in cold water

the trees talk to one another
in language as complex as ours
we know this even if we try not to

whales sing, as do dolphins
bees dance, corvids make tools

one day I’m sure we’ll find we too
are part of a pattern too large to see
with just two eyes

the unmoving stars go uniformly westward
we follow them like children

///

Jason Crane
4 November 2018
State College PA

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POEM: avocado toast with the saints

avocado toast with the saints

“how do you still do it?”
our friends ask,
“sit across from one another
like nothing happened?”
but that’s exactly not
what we’re doing
we sit across from one another
like all of it happened
like it hurt sometimes
like it heated and shaped us
we sit across from one another
knowing those two are gone
grateful for what they left us

///

Jason Crane
State College PA
1 November 2018

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POEM: avocado toast with the saints

avocado toast with the saints
for Gina

“how do you still do it?”
our friends ask,
“sit across from one another
like nothing happened?”
but that’s exactly not
what we’re doing
we sit across from one another
like all of it happened
like it hurt sometimes
like it heated and shaped us
we sit across from one another
knowing those two are gone
grateful for what they left us

///

Jason Crane
State College PA
1 November 2018

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VIDEO: Eric, Desiree and Jason at Full Circle Center

The Full Circle Center in Mill Hall, PA.

Last night I joined Eric Ian Farmer (guitar, vocals) and Desiree Dennis (guitar, vocals, shaker, djembe) for a show at the Full Circle Center in Mill Hall, PA. It’s a magical space dedicated to healing and mindfulness, and the acoustics are amazing. Enjoy this video of the first half of the show. This was originally on Instagram Live, thus the vertical video. Sadly my phone died while filming the second half, and that video disappeared into the mists of time. I guess you had to be there. 🙂

FIRST HALF

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VIDEO: Ady, Eric and Jason at Chumley’s

Left to right: Jason Crane, Eric Ian Farmer, Ady Martinez, and Reinaldo, soundman extraordinaire.

I recently had the pleasure of performing with Ady Martinez (cuatro, vocals, shakers) and Eric Ian Farmer (guitar, cajon, vocals) at Chumley’s in State College, PA. Here are both sets. These were originally on Instagram Live, thus the vertical video. Also the first 16 minutes of the first set are sideways, but the music isn’t. Enjoy!

SET 1

SET 2

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POEM: energia

energia

There is
between us
an energy.

It requires
no touch,
no sound,

no thought.
It may be
the origin

of thought.
You feel it
whether

you admit it
or not.
It’s there

behind
your eyes,
nestled

in the center
of your
brain.

Not only
in your brain,
though.

No.
This energy
is in all

of you.
All
of me, too.

Open the
eye of
your mind.

///

Jason Crane
28 September 2018
State College PA

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