Six Word Saturday


On The Road…In The Woods

I created this post yesterday because I knew I’d be too busy to do it today.  I’m at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee VT, attending the Northern Woodlands Conference, a conglomeration of writers, scientists, artists, and educators. 


You can read all about it HERE.

BONUS:  Orionid Meteor Shower BOTH NIGHTS!!!

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Thursday Thirteen

The 13 Most Often Ignored Words In America

Everybody keeps yammering about the 2nd Amendment, allowing any yahoo to have all the assault weapons he/she wants, declaring their alleged “right to bear arms” and commit  mayhem.

But NOBODY–ever–recites the FIRST 13 WORDS of the Second Amendment:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

And in case we’re not clear on the definition of the word “militia”, consider this: Whether you want to use a very narrow or a very broad definition, the word does NOT APPLY to most people claiming their “Right To Bear Arms”:

  • (Narrow Definition): Militia: A body of citizens enrolled for military service, and called out periodically for drill but serving full time only in emergencies.
  • (Broad Definition): Militia: A body of citizens organized in a paramilitary group and typically regarding themselves as defenders of individual rights against the presumed interference of the federal government.

I think if you asked most gun-owners if they considered themselves to be part of either of these groups, the response would be an overwhelming, “Say whaaaaat?”

And not only that, but let’s remember this: the Founding Fathers were talking about friggin muskets, not a couple-hundred-rounds-per-minute assault weapons.

Come on man.  It’s time to get real. Enough Is Enough

Lots of good stuff (probably fewer rants) at New Thursday 13


Never Skip Breakfast


I’d almost (~almost~) forgotten that my poem, Awaiting Acceptance, was due to be up today at Poetry Breakfast. I’m very happy that they ended their well-deserved hiatus and are back to publishing fine work, daily, to ensure that we’re all well-nourished and ready to face the new day.   

I think (~I’m pretty sure~) I have another one coming up later this week at Eunoia Review as well.

I guess I’m officially back in the saddle., eh?




Six Word Saturday

Vermont Road Trip, End To End

300 miles, round trip: Main Street Barton to Main Street Barton, by way of Main Street Brattleboro. More miles than I’ve logged in quite a while, I think. Down today; back tomorrow.  No sedation required.

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Pull the curtain wide
(all that Sturm und Drang ’s a joke)
Look: those feet are clay.
Some folks say he’s a wizard;
but no: a moron, bigly.


Thursday Thirteen

13 Real Live Poets

 (6 Pairs and a Solo)

I’m off to the Brattleboro Literary Festival this weekend, & I’m looking forward to hearing lots of fine poetry. Here’s a random sample I’m planning on, though there are lots of other options, so I’m trying to keep my schedule pretty loose, because there are only about a gazillion other presenters / panelists / workshops to be considered. Not to mention Saturday night’s Open Mic at the River Garden…

Here’s my plan at present:

Carolyn Forche and David Thomas Martinez
Steph Burt and Denise Duhamel
Major Jackson and Jill Bialosky
Andrea Cohen and Gail Mazur
David Rivard and Maggie Dietz
Open Mic (I might read…)

Dede Cummings and April Ossman
Charles Simic
(Panel: “Poetry of Witness”): Forche, Jackson, Simic, Sealey

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