Poem for these times

A Ritual to Read to Each Other

BY WILLIAM E. STAFFORD
If you don’t know the kind of person I am
and I don’t know the kind of person you are
a pattern that others made may prevail in the world
and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.
For there is many a small betrayal in the mind,
a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break
sending with shouts the horrible errors of childhood
storming out to play through the broken dike.
And as elephants parade holding each elephant’s tail,
but if one wanders the circus won’t find the park,
I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty
to know what occurs but not recognize the fact.
And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,
a remote important region in all who talk:
though we could fool each other, we should consider—
lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.
For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
the signals we give — yes or no, or maybe —
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.
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Back in the olden days

Walking in to work this morning I noted that the Board of Regents for the University of Maryland is being held at my campus today. It reminded me of something that happened 26 years ago, a few months after I started. The story in the Baltimore Sun the next day says it all:

An animal rights activist in a full-body, yellow-feathered chicken suit shoved a cream pie in the face of poultry magnate Frank Perdue today during a wild demonstration at a University of Maryland Board of Regents meeting in Baltimore.

After a 10-minute chase around the University of Baltimore campus, police finally cornered the chicken impersonator and hauled her off to the Central District lockup, along with three other activists who interrupted the regents’ meeting.

Big Brew Day

This past Saturday, the homebrew club I belong to spent a lovely day brewing variations on an IPA for the National Homebrewers Conference taking place next month here in Baltimore. In case you are interested, my variation to the base recipe used rye. And because “Pics, or it didn’t happen,” here are some of the pictures I took.

My Rye PA, using the brew-in-a-bag method
Club president getting ready to. sparge
This will turn out to be a very dark (ninja) IPA, using darker malts
Gravity setup for a wheat-based IPA

Jim Harrison

My favorite author, Jim Harrison, died last week. I thought I’d post the bookmarks I’ve collected over the years so I’d have them all in one place.

The Hammock Papers blog has a ton of great Harrisonia.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-09-23/jim-harrison-interview/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/02/25/the-rodney-dangerfield-of-literature.html

http://www.grasslimb.com/sallis/GlobeColumns/globe.03.harrison.html

http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-q/2010/01/a-warbling-guttural-baritone-comes.html

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/celebrities/The-Last-Lion.html

http://www.undergrounddetroit.com/2011/08/the-spirit-of-wine-by-jim-harrison/

http://www.beamsandstruts.com/bits-a-pieces/item/697-anthony-bourdain-the-carnal-and-the-living-land-that-sustains-us

http://midcurrent.com/books/older-fishing/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/video/blog/2009/07/poet_jim_harrison_finds_inspir.html

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/video/module.html?mod=1&pkg=harrison&seg=1

http://toptenbooks.net/authors/jim-harrison#.UNt-zonjk5Jhttp://www.webdelsol.com/Five_Points/issues/v6n2/harrison.html

http://www.all-story.com/issues.cgi?action=show_story&story_id=12

http://montanaheadwall.bigskypress.com/montana/force-of-nature/Content?oid=1673894

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/the-hungry-crowd-mario-batali-interviews-jim-harrison

http://davidburn.com/blog/2011/04/29/harrisonian-heroics/

http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2511/the-art-of-fiction-no-104-jim-harrison

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-j-healey/four-meals-with-jim-harrison_b_3221380.html

http://www.toptenbooks.net/authors/jim-harrison

http://www.omnivoracious.com/2013/12/after-writing-about-brown-dog-aka-bd-for-more-than-twenty-years-jim-harrison-brown-dog-one-of-our-best-books-of-the.html

http://www.bookslut.com/fiction/2014_01_020466.php

http://mynorth.com/2014/09/jim-harrison-a-northern-michigan-literary-icon/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-j-healey/four-meals-with-jim-harrison_b_3221380.html

http://sportingclassicsdaily.com/issue/2015-1/article/jim-harrison

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2015/01/31/author-qa-jim-harrison/22668327/

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-18/essay-searching-for-jim-harrison-and-the-montana-of-legends-of-the-fall

http://www.anglersjournal.com/people/the-gospel-according-to-jim/

http://time.com/4275120/mario-batali-jim-harrison/?xid=tcoshare

http://www.fieldandstream.com/node/1005010606

http://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/Jim_harrisonhttp://lithub.com/remembering-the-great-jim-harrison/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/02/jim-harrison-and-the-art-of-friendship.html

http://www.mensjournal.com/adventure/articles/jim-harrisons-fly-fishing-guide-remembers-his-favorite-client-w200461

http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/a43440/jim-harrison-death/

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/jim-harrison-mozart-of-the-prairie

http://glenarborsun.com/northern-michigan-authors-remember-jim-harrison/

Yearly post?

Haven’t posted in a really long time. Shame on me.  🙂   I’ll try to post a little more. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’ll fire up my brew kettle and regale you with my attempts at brewing drinkable Weizen and Belgian-style beers.

In the meantime, check out  Books I Have Read page, which I have been updating on a regular basis.