Author Archives: Jeff

Prophecy by Pauli Murray

Powerful 1969 poem by Pauli Murray, still relevant. I sing of a new American Separate from all others, Yet enlarged and diminished by all others. I am the child of kings and serfs, freemen and slaves, Having neither superiors nor … Continue reading

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Gatekeepers

The gatekeepers have stopped the barbarians at the gate. They guard access to empty pews. The horde demanding entrance is empty too. Who are the gatekeepers for: botanicals (e.g. quinine) religious images (e.g. kachina dolls) recipes (e.g., chitlins, gumbo, pizza) … Continue reading

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Appropriate? or Appropriation?

Austin, TX is a “humid, sub-tropical” climate.  In my daily activities, the “strenuously casual” dress of where I came from Davis, CA. It is a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, so drier than here. My clothing is less appropriate here, but a suit, … Continue reading

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The Great Silence

At a writer’s retreat in a former convent, the leader, a Zen Buddhist practitioner, spoke of the Great Silence, a practice shared by many monastic traditions. Silence is observed by the whole community from dinner to breakfast the next morning. … Continue reading

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Review: The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner

I enjoyed Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and Tiffany Aching stories.  The first page always grabbed me and the climaxes made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.  We lost a great writer when he passed away last fall.  … Continue reading

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La Bloga

First publication of the year, “Condemned”, published on La Bloga, “The world’s longest-established Chicana Chicano, Latina Latino literary blog.” Edward Vidaurre, Poet Laureate of McAllen, TX, read at the Austin Poetry Society’s Open Mike earlier this month. To continue the … Continue reading

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Review: Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis—A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron is a novel with workbook and bibliography attached. The novel is not great art, but it is an engaging read. I read it in two sittings, unusual for me. I tend to … Continue reading

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Grey Brother

Gray Brother Grey Brother comes, speaking to me and I listen for I know that if I do not, he will act in my name, with my face, and people will claim it was me that did it when I … Continue reading

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Shape Shifter

Shape Shifter “The desert is the ultimate labyrinth.” — Arab proverb The stars have gone all strange. The compass wanders and will not hold. The dunes shift in the night, and if I’m not watching, again in the day. Lost … Continue reading

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Publications list complete

I’ve completed the list of publications.  See the menu bar just below the picture for the link.

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