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Haiku and Pub

when the sun drops
another view of fuji-san
holding up the feet



In PN Review 220, a celebration of Eavan Boland. Many tributes, from Sapphire, Mark Doty, Paula Meehan, Tara Bergin, Colm Tóibín, Yusef Kommunyakaa, and Sandra M. Gilbert, among others. I have a small piece that looks at Boland's sense of humor in "The Fire in Our Neighborhood."

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eating too much too late
they say, can give you dreams
black bears in new jersey

Love Is Strange

Movie watching is out-stripping movie reviewing, even movie remembering. The only solution is a list, before everything dissolves away.

Ida (2013) is about a Polish novitiate who discovers from her only living relative that she is Jewish. The film is directed by Pawel Pawlikowski and stars Agata Trzebuchowska as Anna/Ida, and Agata Kulesza as Wanda, her free-living, depressed aunt. Beautiful cinematography. Absorbing narrative, except for the rather facile ending.

In Cloudburst (2011), two old lesbians escape to Canada to get married. They pick up a young male drifter and teach him a few valuable life lessons. Written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald, the movie stars Olympia Dukakis as Stella and Brenda Fricker as Dot. Ryan Doucette is the young hitchhiker with the symbolic name of Prentice. Heartwarming and convincing.

Guy and I watched Love Is Strange (2014) at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. After Ben and George got married, George is fired from his teaching job. Both have to fall b…

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from google hangout
to black bears in new jersey
a quick noisy lunch

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what stops me in my track
an overhanging branch of leaves
the colors of tiger

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Yesterday, some friends and I hiked to the top of Breakneck Ridge. The weather was full of changes. The clouds were white one moment, and black-gray another. It was sunny, and then it was raining. The wind blew at us at the top. At the bottom the air was quiet and still.

sunny october day
under a rock a lizard molts
rolling up its sleeves

tramping ungainly
down the stony channel the stream
tingles in my feet

 how many gay boys
does it take in Cold Spring
to screw an antique bulb?

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the hunter's trail
to the top of bear mountain
i didn't take

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right after the rain
little birds peck at the dirt
e-a-t e-a-t e-a-t

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all through the night
the sound of rushing waters
pachinko parlors

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the tall blonde tourist
puts her bag down by the tree
where the dog pissed

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the blue bucket
of the morning's bubble man
makes a dark moon

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in the fall evening
green flies glint
like mica in granite

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fall foliage
lodged in the line of trees
cheese in the teeth