Friday, July 23, 2010


I'm in California right now recovering from the awesomeness that are(?) the Berkeley and Oakland respective Poetry Slams, but here are some pictures from Arizona.

I finally saw the Grand Canyon.

Here's a clip from my performance at Arcosanti, an incredible community out in the desert in northern Arizona.

We went on a hike and found this cow carcass. Such an agonizing position. It was nearly hollow inside.

Bighorn sheep!



Sunday, July 11, 2010

scenes from Tucson

watched a mass trial of 60 illegal immigrants who wore jangling chains and saw the judge begin to cry. went to a punk-bluegrass show at an anarchist collective where the punks clapped along and stomped their feet while jumping into one another - there were little kids and dogs and a sink and the sweat flew in fat drops from everyone. went through the drive through liquor store on bikes and got a ice cold six of tecate - drank it in a church parking lot. dug swales in the hard, dry, red earth as the sun rose until my hands began to spasm. took a shower in the open air with the sun shining down - my shower had a rainbow in it. played music at the farmer's market as the sun set and the mountains turned purple and the whole sky turned red. performed poetry at an anti SB1070 rally by the courthouse. sang amazing grace at a tiny round adobe church. sweated a whole lot. discovered byrd baylor. ate watermelon and agave and prickly pear and really good mexican food and a sonoran hot dog. saw a dust devil and a tumbleweed and a lot of cacti.

more and pictures to follow.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cowboys and Gold Diggers

As I write this, I am procrastinating from packing for my trip to Arizona and The San Francisco Bay and trying to assuage my fear of flying. Aerophobia aside, I'm excited to be leaving tomorrow to snake my way up the Wild West to the Golden Gates for three weeks. That's a long time for lots of alliteration.

I will be doing some volunteer work with sustainable farms in schools in AZ, and working on a book in San Francisco. On the way, I also have some tour dates set up. Some are poetry, some are music, and a couple are mixed (I'm especially excited about the show at Arcosanti in Arizona.) I have dubbed this trip: Cowboys and Gold Diggers.

I'm not sure how much I'll be online while I'm out there, but I will try to update this blog and my Facebook pages as much as possible. There will be a lot to talk about. In addition to the volunteer work and book writing, Emily and I are going to stop at the Grand Canyon.

Hope to see some of you out there on the road!