Area Resident Examines His Life Through the Poetry of Laurie Graham

November 25, 2022 admin 0

JIM SLAVIN – On the cover of Laurie Graham’s long poem Fast Commute (McClelland & Stewart, ISBN 978-0-7710-5197-5), Jan Zwicky writes: “Graham has set herself a vital moral task: actually to see the fantastic violence of resourcist culture, its appalling and unremitting abuse of the land, and to name the cultural forces that render that vast degradation almost invisible, reduce it to a blur on the edge of our fast commute.” As I read, I […]

Fast Commute

October 25, 2022 admin 0

In the opening stanza of her long form poem, Fast Commute, local author Laurie Graham sets the scene of our climate changing times. The wish that the extinct reverseand the nearly gone be plucked from deathand the managed, risks, in my mouthbecoming a man with a chainsawon a plot the bank says he can to with what he wants It’s another hold around the neck of the landthat says I am and will beand not […]

Compost Composition

April 1, 2017 admin 0

By Phillip Keinholz Take out compost bucket. Take away, oh, take away the food trimmings, Leftovers from my plate, garden leavings, the police state, Surveillance state,  pernicious hostile security state. Here, take my privilege into the moldering pile. Turn neglect of transformance to transformable compost.                                                                                              Performing I’ll donate the corporate-as-person, prison industries, refugees Held without charge — all that daily news shredded to cross-cut newsprint Snuck into the middle of diurnal pile, night-buried uneven rules, […]