Portals 4


illustrator: Walter Koessler


Always wanted to

be a black bird a-top a

raccoon-donkey smile!

Not to worry: Walter promised to name his next bird: Jeanne

Portals 3


illustrator: Nicolaj Djatschenko

secret way to thrive:

teach the young to share and care;

make them free to choose

Portals 2


Kavi in headband


headband ties the hair;

crowns the brain; warms the thoughts: knights

the honored warrior


Julie Rowan-Zoch

illustrator: Julie Rowan Zoch (ROZO)

The portal that weds power and submission: LOVE

The  philosopher Georg Hegel  was born in Stuttgart (1770). He started out as a theologian, particularly interested in how Christianity is a religion based on opposites: sin and salvation, earth and heaven, finite and infinite.

He believed that Jesus had emphasized love as the chief virtue because love can bring about the marriage of opposites.

Hegel eventually went beyond theology and began to argue that the subject of philosophy is reality, and he hoped to describe how and why human beings create communities and governments, make war, destroy each other’s societies, and then build themselves up to do it all over again.

He came up with the concept of dialectic,

the idea that all human progress is driven by the conflict between opposites,

that each political movement is imperfect and so gives rise to a counter movement that takes control — and that is also imperfect — and gives rise to yet another counter movement, and so on to infinity.

Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx argued that the most important dialectic of history was between worker and master, rich and poor, and their ideas led to the birth of


How Can a Poet Tell A Man’s Been In the Kitchen?

This time when I came from a Highlights Workshop, Don was with me!
The kitchen was neat, smelled sweet, and was in clear focus.

The Vibrant Channeled Creator

Messy Kitchen Sink Messy Kitchen Sink

(sing to the tune of The Happy Wanderer)

When oft’ I go a wandering,
My nap sack on my back,
I know my man leaves odd footprints:
The kitchen floor has tracks!

I can hear, I can see,
I can hear
I can see ee ee ee ee ee
I can see
The kitchen floor has tracks!

The cabinets are open wide,
The sugar’s sprinkled high,
The dirt’s pressed down upon its side,
Like bird poo dropped from nigh!

I pull out pen and quickly write
As far as I can see;
While scrubbing clean the stains to right
And ordering cleanly!

I whisk the broom; collect the crumbs,
The meters in my step
The pots and pans, the prunes and plums
Are shining bright, yep, yep!

It’s time for rhyme and rhythm now,
The counters neat; food stacked.
The order’s back, you smell the chow:

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Panoramic view of Workshop


Panoramic taken with an iPhone6

wide view of poets

deep view of poem structures

rhymes, rhythms, meters.

City of Light Across the Water


Poppy Red’s Encaustic Painting

Charles Wright won the Pulitzer Prize (1998) for Black Zodiac.

Wright served as U.S. poet laureate of the United States from 2014 to 2015.

On writing poetry, Charles Wright  says:

“Language is the element of definition, the defining and descriptive incantation. It puts the coin between our teeth. It whistles the boat up. It shows us the city of light across the water. Without language there is no poetry, without poetry there’s just talk. Talk is cheap and proves nothing. Poetry is dear and difficult to come by. But it poles us across the river and puts music in our ears.”

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