Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Poem by Leonard Brodt




NATURE'S MILITIA

***

In the backwoods

Huddling Trees

Stand at rigid attention

Like endless infantry

In a continuous halt

Wearing ordinary camouflage


And


Dressed in uniforms

That people call bark

Al in skies of black and blue.

Yes Sir!



Leonard Brodt
Copyright 2005

Recently I moved into senior housing at Highland Village in beautiful Shelburne Falls, MA. This place is where I share my  home with 40 plus other residents, among them some gifted writers, artists, philosophers and humanists. Lenny, as he is called, is one such individual. 

Here is a poem he wrote that he shared with me.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Review of Enlightened Vagabond: The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche by Jacqueline Gens in Levekunst


To read the full review visit Levekunst

Enlightened Vagabond
The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche
Collected and Translated by Matthieu Ricard
Edited by Constance Wilkinson
Foreword by H.H. Dalai Lama
Shambhala Publications
Boulder, 2017, 282 pages

*****
His (Patrul's) self-deprecating humor and keen intellect combined with a vast heart pierce the human yearning for authenticity amid the sorrows of sentient life. His words go beyond poetic conceits and cultural baggage. In any case, I have remained wildly enthusiastic about the works of Patrul Rinpoche for decades now. The current publication is a much awaited event to carry his mindstream further into the 21st century. If you are unfamiliar with his work, you’re in for a special experience when coming into contact with him. Please read him. If he is an old heart friend, Enlightened Vagabond will not disappoint! -Jacqueline Gens


To purchase this book here is the Amazon link.

An interview with editor Constance Wilkinson is in the works....coming  soon!










Sunday, October 01, 2017

An Interview with Jacqueline Gens by Jillian Mukavetz in Womens' Quarterly Conversation - Profiles in Poetics

Some years ago while I was still working as Co-director with Jim Harms in the New England College MFA Program in Poetry circa 2010/2011, Jillian Mukavetz - a graduate student in the  program interviewed me. At that time we had a dynamic faculty including Ilya Kaminisky, Eleni Siklianos, Carol Frost, Malena Morley, Brian Henry, and Anne Waldman every winter who cultivated among students an experimental thesis presentation.

Jillian was one such example with her series of interviews. I recently came across it online and wow did she do a great job. To read it, visit the Womens' Quarterly Conversation/ Profiles n Poetics at :

https://womensquarterlyconversation.com/2011/05/12/profiles-in-poetics-jacqueline-gens/


Jillian Mukavetz (left) meeting with her mentor,  Eleni Siklianos
MFA Program in Poetry at
New England College, circa 2011 

"Jacqueline Gens comes from a strong lineage of Russian women storytellers who originally migrated to the United States, more specifically Southern California, shortly before she was born. Here, Gens describes her world existing on the “cusp”. In this space of the between, the gritty earth, clouds overhead, language, music, culture; the sacred became, as it still is today, a space of vibrancy and wholeness. Quite similar to Anne Waldman’s forward in Gens’ recently published chapbook Primo Pensiero, Waldman expresses, “this debut bouquet of poems is an elegant display of ordinary mind spiked with the magic and heart of ‘Big Mind’ sensibility.”

When asked about the influence of Buddhism in Gens’ life, she describes her practice as one wrapped around, amidst, below, and between, every moment. She says, “waking up to me is synonymous with touching earth, not escaping for something higher or more abstract.” As co-director and founder of the New England College, Jacqueline tells me “I have served the muse well in this lifetime by nurturing the work of other writers and especially hundreds of new writers finding their voice.” In this way, she nurtures the internal of the feminine in a way that is a gift to the self and importantly to the larger community as well.

1.) Where are you from? What were the first inspirations that made you desire to become a writer? Who, what, where, influenced you as a writer? In other words how did you arrive here as a writer?...............

- to read more...go here.

Photo by Jacqueline Gens

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Thin Line--An October Poem




For David Hernandez
A grandfather whose kindness I can never repay

The fires are lit to stave
Off first hoarfrost
The harvest in
With its scent of rot mingled
Amid sweetness
Overhead winged
Cry out in joyful unison
On their way home

Below crickets trill
Las Abuelas begin the story
Stitching us to the tapestry
Weaving our fate
Into the fragile web
Gossamer threads between
Being and non-being
Betwixt between
The thin line of here
And over there
Outside time
The fires are lit
For love and
Heart’s desire
Before extinquished
In final glory
And all is well



Day of the Dead installation, KPC October 31, 2016
Photo by Jacqueline Gens


October 19, 2016
Tsegyalgar East

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Homage to Ally R.I.P.


        

for my brother Mike

My feline queen --Ally
Love bug and long heart companion
Spirit sprite of so many years
          Your purr music to our ears
Ever in our midst a gentle being
Confused by killer instinct to pounce on wispy bugs
        or the mouse behind the fridge
You were born for a higher purpose
Nesting in my lap while practicing
               or listening to dharma talks
Soothing Mike who dotted on you
Serving your every need

My heart aches now and then
When first I held you in my palm a tiny kitten
The fragility of it all

My sweet girl I wish you well
Roaring through the corridor of
Rebirth may you
Snuggle close to the heartbeat
of loving tenderness –your special forte
and come back to us one way or other

September 3, 2017
Highland Village
Shelburne Falls, MA


Photo by Jacqueline Gens, September 2011