Monthly Archives: November 2011

Poems: The Children’s Hour, Scene with Catbird, Vow of Silence

Some poems from my grad school archives: The Children's Hour ———————————- Your mind is a cartoon cotton-candy paints mixed in Tokyo a million frames for every motion oversize rabbits and talking shoes you defy gravity the laws of technology and … Continue reading

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Meandering review of “The Ecstatic Experience”

This morning, I finished Belinda Gore’s “The Ecstatic Experience: Healing Postures for Spirit Journeys.” The premise, drawing on the work of Gore’s mentor, the late Felicitas Goodman, is that assuming particular postures can facilitate the experience of shamanic trance. Gore … Continue reading

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Predation and spiritual discomfort

Tomorrow, the sharp percussion of bullets will wake the woods at dawn’s redness. Hunting season: an annual ritual, no less than sowing seeds in the spring. I’m the daughter of a hunter and grew up eating venison and quail, seeing … Continue reading

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The Art and Practice of Geomancy

I’ve recently finished John Michael Greer’s The Art and Practice of Geomancy, which concerns a Renaissance-era divination technique that comes by way of Arabia, and eventually Africa. In short, geomancy involves a binary code — registered as one dot or two — … Continue reading

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