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On The Wires > qarrtsiluni / Animals in the City

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 04/24/2013 at 22:46

They woke me up at the crack of dawn.
Looked out my window. Here’s what I (heard and) saw …

On the Wires now live at qarrtsiluni in the ‘Animals in the City’ issue.

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It was early. It was loud. It was the beginning of June and I’d just returned from a trip abroad. I’d spent a full month  in Read the rest of this entry »

Static Motions > BluePrintReview #30

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 03/05/2013 at 22:28

This one was by invitation …

The theme of  BluePrintReview Issue #30?

“… instan/ce(s) … dedicated to series of works that explore the nature of moments Read the rest of this entry »

War + Peace (in Hungary) > 2 Images

In About All Publications, About Image Works, Treks on 12/05/2012 at 03:17

There’s nothing quite like a private tour of the countryside.

It was May 2012, in the spring heat of Hungary. A local resident took me in his car…

First stop was Sümeg Castle, located in the town of Sümeg, Veszprém, Hungary. The castle sits atop a mountain called “Castle Hill”, about 20 miles north of Lake Balaton. Built in the 13th century by Béla Read the rest of this entry »

Impromptu > Pure Slush

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 02/23/2012 at 05:21

Unexpected engagements. Misleading social markers. When they coincide, they crack the solidity of my own taken-for-granted assumptions.  They raise questions and contain the potential to move me, transport me, to shift my perceptions.

My story entitled ‘Impromptu’ details such an encounter. It happened in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Here’s an excerpt:

It was one of those clear March days when dozens of crows line the branches above the stop and defecate on unsuspecting folk waiting for the southbound #3 — a typical 2pm in Vancouver at the corner of Hastings and Main.

The full story appears in Real Time—the nonfiction pages of Australia’s Pure Slush literary magazine. Here’s the direct link:

Impromptu

A special thanks to
Pure Slush editor Matt Potter.

A special thanks also to BluePrintReview for this #StorySunday accolade:

Do you recall any first impressions that concealed a story you never suspected?
Any engagements that cracked the solidity of your own perceptions?

home sense memory

In About Word Works, Blog Carnivals / Events on 10/08/2011 at 17:51

a sunny august moment unfolded like this, if I recall it correctly …

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head, spinning fast spinning right up down left i’m
meandering home from the station, i
deas and fantasies
dreams and ambitions of elsewhere of there of

away far away, other lands other times other spaces
back then wonder when
but not now and not here and not present
old breath vision time and sensation

away, until 

2 blinks they open, my eyes so wide open i see that it’s me

in my fresh in my nation my city
so fragrant
 this moment

right here and today

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written for: > Language > Place Blog Carnival: Edition #11

featured in:  BluePrintReview Newspaper

 

VisuaLiving > 2 Views

In Treks, VisuaLiving > Highlights on 07/27/2011 at 03:52

It came together in a flash of inspiration when I had a list of other things to do…

I felt the urge, desire, to capture a memory, yet my attempts to contain it recalled the circularity of a familiar moment that changes hue.

The sunrise each day—in Hévíz, Hungary—would greet me with
variations on a particular sky view.

Below, two renditions—complete with visuals, words, and links to avian tunes:

View 1  /  View 2

Where Is Home? [7]

In Home Reflections on 02/05/2011 at 21:28

Home is on a lily pad …

Where Is Home? [6]

In Home Reflections on 01/29/2011 at 18:27

Home is wherever the light shines …

4:30 am

In About Word Works on 01/21/2011 at 10:32

quiet quite quiet quite quiet quite quiet

quite quiet quite quiet quite quiet

quiet quite quiet quite quiet

quite quiet quite quiet

quite quiet

quite

Where Is Home? [3]

In Home Reflections on 11/25/2010 at 18:49

.. Home is wherever the snow falls …

Color(less)

In Random Curiosities on 11/16/2010 at 17:43

Cold November days make vibrant flowers fade from memory…

What fades in November for you?

Arboreal Halloween

In Celebrations on 10/31/2010 at 21:01

……..leaves of orange
……………………………………………………. trick or tree
………………………………………………………………………………………………dressed this morning

(Banff) Hot Springs Testimonial

In MicroMoment Videos, Random Curiosities, Treks on 10/30/2010 at 20:57

Three words.

What’s amazing in your world?

dinner for 2 in Vacation town: BPR #25

In About All Publications, About Word Works, Treks on 08/24/2010 at 17:37

Sometimes I marvel at global connections:

I draft a poem in Hungary. Polish it in Canada. It’s accepted for publication in an international journal based in Germany. It appears alongside a photo by Claire Ibarra who splits time between  the USA and Peru.

Now, the poem and the photo it’s coupled with are digitally available around the world.

Here it is → dinner for 2 in Vacation town

And a link to the collection → BluePrintReview #25: the two² issue

The cast of geographically dispersed authors and artists in the issue includes:

Michael K. White, Marcia Arrieta, Ray Scanlon,
Michael Brandonisio,
Eckhard Gerdes, Molly Sutton Kiefer,
Linda Simoni-Wastila Z.Z. Boone, Changming Yuan, Kirsty Logan,
Michelle Elvy, Rose Hunter (+more), Kim Keith,
Susan Gibb (+more), satnrose, Jean Morris, bl pawelek
Sheldon Lee Compton, Smitha Murthy,
Jeff Crouch, Brad Rose, Steve Wing (+more),
Suzanne Marie Hopcroft, Tyler Cobb, Justin Kern
Karyn Eisler, Claire Ibarra (+more)

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What kinds of connections inspire you?

Flight 493: PicFic

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 07/09/2010 at 22:14

 

It occurred to me at Vancouver International Airport, while waiting for a Lufthansa flight to Budapest via Frankfurt:

Language is music — especially when I don’t understand it.

My question shifts from:

“What are they saying?”
to
“What image am I left with?”

Sitting there, surrounded by linguistic diversity, I pulled out my notebook and wrote my impressions. I honed and revised them while flying to Europe over the Canadian High Arctic, Greenland and Norway.

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Now, those words appear in PicFican online Twitter Fiction journal.

It’s my second piece as PicFic’s featured contributor.

Here it is  → Flight 493

This blog post is included in Issue #1 of the BluePrint blog carnival: > language > place.

The Car: An Extension of Self

In Random Curiosities on 03/06/2010 at 07:16

Who owns this car? Who adorned it like this?

I want to see this person–how they decorates themselves.

I wait for a while, no one appears.

I don’t have proof, but assume they look like their car, the reverse, or something else …

The Curious Practice of Pet-Naming: PicFic

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 02/03/2010 at 17:07

Some puzzling labels for humans are as follows:

Some men are teddy bears, some women are cougars, some people are pigs (regardless of sex), while others are simply called animals.  In Animal Planet—a postcard story—Rose Hunter provides more examples.

Nonhuman animals themselves are the recipients of perplexing naming practices.

I explore this phenomenon in a Twitter-length fiction—140 characters or less. It appears in PicFic—the Twitter fiction wing of Folded Word Press.

Above, as it appears on Twitter.

And here, as it appears on the PicFic website:  The Curious Practice of Pet-Naming

Another curiosity:

What have you named your companion animal(s)?

Repetition In A Different World

In Random Curiosities on 01/22/2010 at 09:34

I open the mailbox, pull out the contents, ask a question:

“What’s this?”

“Repetition in a different world,” I say.

“I know (this).  I’ve seen these ‘wind words’ before, up close on the computer screen, at a distance.  And now, here they are in my hands to touch.”

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It’s an airmail postcard from Dorothee Lang: German author, artist, poet.

On one side, an image from ‘Lung Ta (wind words)’, introduced to the world in the recentWords of Power’ issue of the online experimental journal qarrtsiluni.

On the other side, a micro-text entitled (this), which appears in A Handful Of Stones: a cyberspace journal that celebrates “the extraordinary in the ordinary”.

Virtual and tangible realities intersect for me as I experience the same words and photographs in different ways, in different worlds.

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“Is either world, either experience, more real?” I ask. 

The Secret (he thinks) He Keeps: The Battered Suitcase

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 12/18/2009 at 08:35

The Battered Suitcase is the flagship publication of Vagabondage Press. The magazine’s mission — to “examines life in all its lovely ambiguity, grittiness, glory and despair.  Chief Editor Fawn Neun and the editorial team express a particular interest in “the question of what it means to be human, the exploration of relationships as a means for transformation and the complexity of the human psyche.”

It’s a thrill to have a super-short fiction of mine appear in this issue:

Here’s the link → The Secret (he thinks) He Keeps

Working on the piece I thought of late Canadian sociologist Erving Goffman, his book The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, and his notion of dramaturgy — the idea that we’re all actors, regardless of whether we do the job in a professional capacity or not. Read the rest of this entry »