LAUREATE ON TOUR … As my two years as the Western Slope’s first poet laureate will come to an end with the Third Annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry Festival in Carbondale next month, I’m delighted to take a poetry tour with my friend and rising national poetry star from Grand Junction, Wendy Videlock … We’ve been invited by the state poet laureate David Mason to come to Colorado College in Colorado Springs where he teaches, and give a campus performance of our work. We’re both excited to do that tonight, Feb. 7 … As it happens, I also have a guest lecture slot in Dr. Patricia Limerick’s Center for the New West class at the University of Colorado at Boulder this same day. It will be my third year coming to speak to her history students on Western Slope politics from a Green perspective (not at county expense). It’s a chance to dip a toe in the academic world that once intrigued me so as a student at San Francisco State College (now university). And apparently the students, as least, find it intriguing … Then tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 8, Wendy and I will join Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer of Placerville and Danny Rosen of Fruita for a poetry performance in Salida’s Steamplant at 7 p.m. Legendary North Beach poet Jack Mueller of Log Hill Village, whose new book Boxwork is about to be published by Lithic Press, will be performed in absentia. The show’s called Birds of a Feather, and references a poetry festival called Sparrows that happened for many years in Salida … And in case you missed it this week, the Talking Gourds Poetry Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month at Arroyo here in Telluride. Rosemerry and I are hosts, and we try to pick themes and favorite writers to read, and encourage others to do so as well. It’s free and open to the public, not just for poets.
MOUNTAIN GAZETTE … As poetry editor and contributor for this gonzo extreme sports version of glossy newsstand Outside, I loved what Fayhee was doing heading up this irreverent but insightful magazine. It’s sad that the financial folks have pulled the plug and we lose another wonderful regional print publication … Farewell, MG, at least for now (if or until someone else comes to the rescue and resuscitates this valuable organ of mountain communication).
MOSHER EXPOSURE … Hurray! Thank you, KOTO. You listened to your listeners. And Mosher Exposure is back on the air, Wednesday mornings from 9-10 a.m. … Yes!
NOT EXACTLY VIRAL … The Board of County Commissioners’ gun control hearing last month was surreptitiously filmed via cell phone by Norwood Post editor Patrick Coleman who’s posted the meeting on YouTube … After listening to our Norwood constituents and Telluride's Stu Fraser, I thought this contentious an issue deserved another hearing up in Telluride, or no county letter at all. My colleagues didn’t agree. To me the letter went too far. As written, I voted against it … I believe a large percentage of this county believes the recent Sandy Hook tragedy demands some form of gun control action. And I would have supported a call from San Miguel County for mandatory background checks for all gun sales, retail or private. That seems like a prudent and reasonable regulatory change … But, beyond that, I think gun control is a very polarizing issue in the West, where gun ownership has been traditional and customary. I’ve been having some very interesting discussions with folks from both sides of this debate on Facebook, and I’ve learned a lot … I just wish we as a nation, as fellow citizens would seek better compromises on tough issues like this, rather than simply pitting advocates against opponents … Check out the crude video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voXVSrEPx6k
PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY ORGs … We used to call them recycling centers. But eleven European packaging waste management groups – ”Producer Responsibility Organizations” – have issued an Extended Producer Responsibility manifesto on how best to manage waste with the packaging industry and the public … 1) EPR organizations should be owned by the obliged companies and run on a not for profit basis … 2) There needs to be strong governmental support and monitoring … 3) There are many advantages of having one rather than multiple organizations in each country [that’s for the European Union, in U.S. substitute “state”] … 4) The EPR organization needs to be set up in a way that ensures sustainable financing … 5) The EPR organization should contribute to packaging optimization and waste prevention … The eleven organizations have announced that a new association will be launched in spring 2013 in Brussels to carry out the EPR principles outlined in the manifesto.
THE TALKING GOURD
Off to watch the Niner-Raven matchup
Ulama on the big screen. A spectacle
Coliseum style. Live video clash
of East Coast versus West Coast
Old World European versus
New World Post-Mayan
Oglesby’s Cowboys versus Yankees
The Illuminati versus Anonymous
Taking a silly macho entertainment
break from the daily diet of disasters
Rooting for gladiator proxies
after skirmish within battle after war
where the winner takes all
& the rest are liars & terrorists
Like all the faithful – sometimes winning
& sometimes learning how to lose