column – 02/2018

column 02 2018

Poetry is a different form of writing. In the context of a broad oversimplification, of the three basic forms of writing (there are more than three), that is, non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, each form can operate within its own unique modality. In general, non-fiction writing exists within a fact-based or research-based narrative structure, while fiction is a modal arc of explication or of storytelling, and finally poetry is an ephemeral snapshot of an idea or a person or a place or some compelling condition. Continue reading

tess – chapter 22

tess 22


            SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, JANNET BEGINS THE DAY WITH THE ODDEST NUDGE. SHE HAS the most impulsive urge to pack her O/N bags and to include those bags within her backpack. So she includes these bags, in her backpack, along with her other usual items and she sits in the living room, of the new apartment, waiting for Mari Belen. She is excited because there is a special excursion planned for today. Continue reading

column – 01/2018

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Column 01/2018

The sensation of birds, migratory waterfowl overhead, can vivify a leaden gray day in autumn. I image these birds might be the same ones that friends, in the southwest, encounter overhead, although weeks later. Migration, long-distance migration, is an annual seasonality movement of these birds, north to south, an instinctual process, that we can witness in the northwest USA and the southwest Canada. Waterfowl migrate because of shifting conditions of food supply and climate. They tend to return north in the spring for nesting and breeding purposes. Continue reading

tess – chapter 21

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            VERY LATE THURSDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 2ND, JANNET IS WEARILY WAITING IN A SLOWLY moving line for international customs check-through inside the Adolfo Suárez Madrid airport. The murals, in various locations in the airport terminal, has helped to divert her overall weariness. Some of the more dramatic murals include the work of South American artist Guayasamín, who is one of Jannet’s favorite artists. In addition, the soaring ceilings of the airport concourse, with its yellow metallic pylon supports, are another diverting feature. Continue reading

constructions – 9(d)

constructions 9(d)


            dust devils, dust storms in miniature or dry land-bound tornadoes in miniature, form on the sides of isolated roads, in the height of the day, seemingly at random .. our dispositions are braced for unexpected disturbances .. yet on sunny & steady days, for a moment, the sudden updraft of air, touches ground creating a swirl, a swirl of dirt & of sound .. Continue reading