Over the last few weeks, I’ve been playing around with old haikus. Here is a haiku I wrote beneath a waterfall in the desert of Boulder, UT last September.
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In May, one of my typewritten poems was featured in an article in Issue Four of The Dispatch, a magazine published by Folk Rebellion. How appropriate that this was “The American Dream Issue”. I couldn’t imagine a better title for something I’m honored to be a part of.
For everyone that missed it, you can order a back copy here: https://www.folkrebellion.com/shop-the-dispatch/.
Thanks to Nancy Hill who included me in the stories of her cross-country journey. The poem about “Strangers” really rings true. What a beautiful spread. Ecstatic to be the icing atop this American pie of folks living out their dreams and inner discovery across the country.
Just received another stack of Travel By Haiku in the mail. If you have enjoyed following my journeys on here, y’all should be sure to grab this piece of the road for your personal collection. In there you’ll find little glimpses of the natural beauty found across the continent. And some of the wild rides I’ve taken to get there. They make great gifts and are sure to inspire the beat within us all to pursue their dreams on the road.
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Travel By Haiku: Volume 1-5, Still Trippin’ Across The States is a collection of poetry written during travels across the United States in 2014 and 2015. Each haiku brings the reader along on the road across the country taking brief pauses to admire the air, the sunsets, the beaten earth, the tall trees on high mountains, and the breath of the ocean surf. Readers will find themselves transported to a humble place with a still mind and a new found admiration for their natural surroundings.
Excited to see myself and Anthony Evan Carson featured in the Taos News this week for our #poetryondemand and #drawingsbyrequest around the area over the last few years!
Come check us out at Currents New Media Festival this weekend where we’ll be manifesting #dreamsbyrequest all night long.
Hours of operation
Thursday, 6/7 install/soft open
Friday, 6/8 12pm-12am
Saturday, 6/9 12pm-12am
Sunday, 6/10 12pm-7pm
Special thank you to Dawn Franco for the incredible write up documenting all the collaborations and projects we’ve been pulling together recently.
You can read the full article here: https://taosnews.com/stories/dreams-on-demand,48761?
AMERICA, THE BRAVE
pits a racist depiction of
this nation’s indigenous peoples
against Smokey the bear
in a world series of baseball
ain’t that some irony
folks glued to their televisions
are distracted by
two comic book villains
attempting to win the presidency
convinced one of them
will make a difference
But, there is still hope …
The modern heroes
distributed by Netflix Originals™
are a brother wearing a hoodie
and a sister who overcomes
(It has to be said, though
it’s sad to see these plots
still alive on the big screen
when they should’ve ended in the 70s
when they were first written)
On the plains of North Dakota
real heroes are born
from their ancestral lands
to protect the water
of eighteen million citizens
has never been so brave
the media continues its silence
is the speech of an oppressor
it is the signature
on death warrants
it speaks volumes
even if it is unheard
Prayer through Poetry
Poetry for Peace
We stand for Standing Rock
in Peaceful Prayer
will wear themselves out
And this nation
will come to realize
what bravery really is:
It is the strength
in front of the war machine
to shout LOVE
It is the PRAYER
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“The American Dream is trending…”
Hunter S. is rolling out of his grave
“We almost found it,” he says
“The American Dream. It’s not dead.”
But look at all those
who have died to claim it.
Alton Sterling. Philando Castille.
The people of Nice.
The people of Orlando.
The people of Beirut.
The people of Manbij.
and for more than two decades
the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The American Dream is not peaceful
it is not something you bring home
to your wife and kids
the American Dream is all the hate
and greed we read in a RNC speech
it’s the leader that gives our children guns
it’s the media that turns us against ourselves.
The American Dream is an abusive relationship
it’s psychic vampirism for the cash-strapped and homeless,
it’s shoot a man and leave him for dead
then give itself a paid vacation.
The American Dream says, “All lives matter!” then fears and kills those that don’t look like himself.
The American Dream says, “I love the Blacks. I love the Gays. The Hispanics love me.” then throws them and everyone under a bus, or behind bars, or deports them to drown in the ocean.
The American Dream does not know how to love.
The American Dream does not know how to live.
The American Dream is one of the worst episodes of reality TV on television.
We shouldn’t allow it to be our waking reality.
The American Dream is trending…
The American Dream is dead
and we can kill it
if we stop feeding it,
if we don’t let it consume us,
if we hear it shout those last desperate cries as it hangs onto the edge of a cliff,
and we let it go free and fall.
The American Dream is dead.
It’s time we wake up from this nightmare
and dream of something else.