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Morning Poem

December 11, 2009

Poetry by Clem Starck, photo credit by Carla Perry.

Sitka Center for Art & Ecology is hosting a poetry writing workshop by Clem Starck in Newport Oregon. I’ve run across his poems from time to time and really enjoyed this one listed in the Sitka e-newsletter. If you are unable to read it in the image, here it is:

“Why not study ethnobotany,

or practice juggling?

I could learn to read Chinese, and start in

on the ten thousand poems extant

of Lou You.

It’s unlikely I’ll take up blacksmithing,

or become a backhoe operator.

For the time being

I think I’ll just concentrate

on finding the words

for the mist that rises from

the fields in the morning,

or the moon

as seen once from Joel’s truck

on the way home from a job in Corvallis.”

Clem Starck

For more information on the poetry workshop, check Sitka Center for Art & Ecology.

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