• Thanksgiving message from our Poet-in-Residence

    Washington, D.C., for Thanksgiving, and in honor of our parents, whose remains lie in Arlington National Cemetery, heroes, both photographers, poets, and teachers, steadfast in fighting for doing right by earth and each other.

    I am giving Ansel Adams’ images and words to the Occupy Washington tent library Poetry/arts section.

    Adams lobbied in Washington, D.C., on behalf of earth policies. His work is intrinsic to our national spirit and how we rise to honor the legacy of American imagination and challenge. He responds to the majesty of natural landscapes preserved in national areas by laws representing civic values that in turn were shaped by words of poetry and artistic images responding to natural landscapes . . . . Art and public policy, art and law,  art and civic life, moving us forward, in ceaseless rhythm, as humans and trees feed each other in vital breath exchange, inextricably connected for mutual survival and flourishing.

    The challenge of our nation’s natural beauty, now preserved: how to do justice to the human life on this land of equivalent beauty, equivalent clear respectful sight. Adams’ philosophy of respect is conveyed through artistry.

    What laws of kindness are equal to our mountains? Kindness, a word of “kind” which is three-quarters “kin”–we are related, all of us are relations, and humanity has everything at stake in figuring out how we belong to each other and our earth.

    Americans originally lived here in tents. Here where people camp in the rain to express hope in better ways of common kindness, poetry and art belong, are central to the call to our national imagination, rooted in conscience, to see majesty in the human spirit, to preserve the grounds which nurture and sustain this spirit of possibility and mandate for doing things better for each other.


    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 25, 2011

    Topics: Creative Writing


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