With Each Word We Move Closer to Decolonized Voices

Understand that part and parcel of looking towards building a healthy relationship with First Peoples and settler governments we must start with words, names, and symbols. For ten of thousands of years people have moved about the land, come to understand it in way that is both spiritual and physical, and have developed names andContinue reading “With Each Word We Move Closer to Decolonized Voices”

Upon where the Red Cedar meets the Grand: Lansing and Views of Rooted Americana

There is a surging wave of total modern Americanism that has yet to crash here and in the still before something that might never come, is the idea that homes and living are cheap, and ambitions have little to do with leaving, more to carry on something better than they were left with.

Adherents to the Lyrics of the Places We’ve Lived: Notes on the Second Book.

So today it is. This is official release date for my second poetry collection, This City at the Crossroads. This is that moment where the writer rejoices, embraces the idea that their work has been brought forth to the world, and all the toil behind it is officially brought from the private shadow into theContinue reading “Adherents to the Lyrics of the Places We’ve Lived: Notes on the Second Book.”

Lost in the Hoosier Heartland: Notes from the Desk of D.A. Lockhart

I’ve been thinking and working a great deal in the realm of Indiana, getting lost in the Hoosier Heartland if you will. Perhaps it came from the great darkness that seemed to have gripped onto the river narrows since the start of the year. That darkness brought on the need to day dream about warm,Continue reading “Lost in the Hoosier Heartland: Notes from the Desk of D.A. Lockhart”

Competing Mythologies: Comparison is not Inclusion

So I was reading along in this fine copy I recently picked up of Ralph Gustafson’s Sequences when I came across his poem “At Moriane Lake” and was struck by something that I just haven’t been able to let go. The poem opens with the line “Canada, a country without myths.” Right away, I wasContinue reading “Competing Mythologies: Comparison is not Inclusion”

The Things that Haunt Us: A Review of Brian Kimberling’s Snapper

Snapper by Brian Kimberling Pantheon Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-0307908056 Let’s just start with a couple of biases upfront with this book. My wife is a massive bird nut and maybe, just maybe, I’ve caught a little bit of the warm fuzziness that accompanies this particular love affair. Next, that Snapper finds its foundational sense ofContinue reading “The Things that Haunt Us: A Review of Brian Kimberling’s Snapper”

Follow-up to Gordon Hempton and Acoustic Ecologies

I received a  comment from filmmaker Nick Sherman about the previous posting. He’s made a film titled Soundtracker that follows Gordon Hempton and his quest to capture soundscapes. It looks very cool and thought anyone out there reading the last post might be in to seeing this film. It is available via Netflix. Soundtracker trailer:

Accoustic Ecology and Thoughts about Place

I was reading through the September 2010 issue of The Sun and came across this great interview with Gordon Hempton about Acoustic Ecology and the place of silence and noise in our environment. It’s funny for us because we live less than 200 feet from an active rail line and have neighbours that love toContinue reading “Accoustic Ecology and Thoughts about Place”