Friday, November 29, 2013

Minnesota Nov 16th


     ... minnesota nov 16th

                                     ... beyond the remains of the phlox and peonies the yellow grass lies dormant

                ... I watch from my living room window ... sip my tea






Monday, November 25, 2013

Morning on Tsankawi


                ... walking on the bones of the anasazi / listening for stories

                                                                ... across the valley / ... snow falls on the pajarita plateau

                             ... morning on Tsankawi

           





Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Late November


        ... late november 
           
                ... calling on his great grandfather for a blessing he smoked whitefish in an old refrigerator

... pulled salty flesh from crisp skin

                                    ... the ways of the ancients ... the remembered taste of snow on pine




Saturday, November 16, 2013

From My Father's Window


                                                         ... from my father's window

                                   ... a bird feeder in the snow
                                                           
                                                                        ... a grey squirrel stealing seeds
                                                         
                                            ... and all the time that's left






Photograph by Alexei Mikhailov

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My Father's Thermos


                ... he worked away from home to put food on the table / came back on the weekends
   
... at the bottom of his lunch pail ... a candy bar / three musketeers for three daughters
                                             
                                           ... five decades later / I still feel the weight of my father's thermos
                       




My reading of it on public radio, KAXE: http://www.kaxe.org/Audiobox/Beat/KAXE_Beat_2014_02_03_TEvangeline_MyFthr%27sThermos.mp3

Monday, November 11, 2013

Abandoned Schoolhouse


                                                                  ... abandoned schoolhouse

            ... in the basement / the ghosts of broken boys

                                                                                              ... mistrust lingers on the stairs







Photograph by Steve Hirsch

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

For the Goat Man


                            ... reclusive and quiet / known only as the goat man 

     ... we ski in the snowy woods past his cabin / stop to listen

                                               ... from a single window lit by a single lamp / Pavarotti in moonlight



                                                                                                     


my reading on public radio:
http://www.kaxe.org/Audiobox/Beat/KAXE_Beat_2013_11_26_TEvangeline_GoatMan.mp3

Friday, November 1, 2013

Escape Plan #1

                                         
                       ... Escape Plan #1: age five ... a Model T in tall grass parked inside the pasture / I turn

     the metal handle / hop inside

                                          ... watch an imaginary sun set behind the Rockies





Escape Plan #2


                                                    ... Escape Plan #2: age fourteen ... '57 Chevy / turquoise and white

     ... en route to Roosevelt Lake

                                ... me driving / Rusty beside me ... my world exploding





Escape Plan #3


                                                           ... Escape Plan #3: now ... a piece of land along the river

          ... bicycle in the woods
                                            
                                                 ... blackbirds calling from the fence line