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Episode 036: Tiny Dog Infestations

Left Hand Poetry

Release Date: 12/31/2020

Episode 103: The Lure - Cool Breeze show art Episode 103: The Lure - Cool Breeze

Left Hand Poetry

After the last few up & down weeks that we have had here in the States, I wanted to offer a poem written after one of the most peaceful moments of my adult life - surf fishing at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I've only done it once. It was a gorgeous summer day and just being there was - well, listen to the podcast. "The Lure" covers those events. Along for the ride is "Cool Breeze," a shorter poem that I think pairs well with "The Lure."

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Episode 102: Ode to MD 67 show art Episode 102: Ode to MD 67

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After last week's foray into corporate pride-swallowing, I'm coming at you with a much more bucolic work, "Ode to MD 67." This one is straight from the heart and a little rough around the edges. For a couple of years I spent a lot of time on that old state road, and to the future it ultimately delivered me into. 

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Episode 101: Yes Man show art Episode 101: Yes Man

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This week it's "Yes Man," a poem written about an actual experience I had. For more information about this and all my episodes, visit my blog:

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Episode 036: Tiny Dog Infestations show art Episode 036: Tiny Dog Infestations

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I hope you enjoy this little essay that was selected by a dear friend or me to read as part of an afternoon of music and poetry at my home town library a few years back. "Tiny Dog Infestations" is yet another absurd look into the fact that when people have a tiny dog they somehow always have more than just the one. There's also some historical context in there as well. It's all as true as you want it to be.

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Episode 035: Mental Sorbet show art Episode 035: Mental Sorbet

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The audio this week is a bit more  ... intimate sounding than usual. The poem is "Mental Sorbet," which I describe the genesis of said phrase in the poem itself. It's something a bit odd for you as we head into a weird holiday season when I hit publish on this one. For those listening in 2020 (or likely too far into 2021) I hope you're safe & secure & that this episode provides a few moments of pleasantly odd distraction from whatever troubles you.

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Episode 034: On the Meaning of a Single Snowflake show art Episode 034: On the Meaning of a Single Snowflake

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Folks -- at this point, I think I can even say Friends -- I have a problem. Whenever snow starts falling out of the sky, my brain slips into a poetic mood and unbidden it begins to crank out verses about the stuff. My poetry books are littered with snow poems. And so we have this week's episode "On the Meaning of a Single Snowflake."

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Episode 033: I Played for the Queen of All Elephants show art Episode 033: I Played for the Queen of All Elephants

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"I Played..." is a bit of fantasy, tangentially appropriate in this season of dreams, but not Holiday-themed in any way, unless you consider peace, harmony, and music Holiday themes.

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Episode 032: Avocado (dis)Information show art Episode 032: Avocado (dis)Information

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Well, y'all seem to like it when I dig into the absurdity archive, so I pulled out one of my favorites from one of the weirder corners of my brain. I mean, it's been out in the world for about 8 years now, but it's probably new to you. That's right, this week it's "Avocado (dis)Information". See if you can spot the chemistry pun.

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Episode 031: Thanks to English Teachers show art Episode 031: Thanks to English Teachers

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This episode drops on American Thanksgiving, and as I'm in a thankful mood I chose "Thanks to English Teachers" for this week's poem, inspired by both those who taught me and my wife, who is herself an amazing and talented English teacher. For them, for her, I am thankful!

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Episode 030: Capital Improvement show art Episode 030: Capital Improvement

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I had originally meant to read this poem last week, but as I said then the events of the weekend had moved me to write some new poems. This week, it's "Capital Improvement," a poem inspired by events of the 2012 election that still ring true today - to me, at least.

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I hope you enjoy this little essay that was selected by a dear friend or me to read as part of an afternoon of music and poetry at my home town library a few years back. "Tiny Dog Infestations" is yet another absurd look into the fact that when people have a tiny dog they somehow always have more than just the one. There's also some historical context in there as well. It's all as true as you want it to be.

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