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Two Poems by Kevin Patrick Sullivan

May 9, 2018
Phil Taggart, Ventura County Poet Laureate at www.philtaggart.com invites you to come to downtown Ventura this Thursday, May 10 hear featured poet Kevin Patrick Sullivan at 7:30pm and join the open mic at EP Foster Library 651 E. Main Street, Ventura in the Topping Room where there’s poetry every Thursday. To whet your whistle, here’s two poems by Kevin Patrick Sullivan:

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Whitman: “I Contain Multitudes.”

May 2, 2018

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself;
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

From “Song of Myself” in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass
May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892

To be a writer is to be very large with words. Read more…

Nat’l Poetry Month: 2 Poems on Kindness

April 30, 2018

ONE: On Kindness

I remember kindness
as the sun remembers my face
as the breeze whispers I love you
as the sea gives out wet puppy kisses

I remember kindness
as the gaze from the stranger on the same soul path
as the warmth from the smile of my cat
as the telltale green of spring

I remember kindness
as the moment of recognition
oh it’s you again
the field of lupine in the highway median
the carpet of gratefulness
the splash of orange sun underfoot captured by poppies
oh it’s you again
the piss of cougar trailside
the blackened branches now dead now alive
the smell of ash drowned by spring rains and hot chamise

I remember kindness
when I see you and you and you
the button famous to the hole
the sparkle famous to the eye
the wrinkle famous to the face

I remember kindness
when the path is clear
the light is green
the door unlocks
the creek runs clean

I remember kindness
when I am broken
and the world holds me in place
until
I feel fixed again
enough to move

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A Tribute to Burning Man’s Founder — RIP Larry Harvey Jan. 11, 1948 – April 28, 2018

April 28, 2018

Burning Man founder Larry Harvey and I share a birthday — we were both born January 11.

And we shared a passion for similar things: Art. Philosophy. Absinthe. Making stuff happen. Ideas. Language.

early Larry Harvey: the man in the hat

I met Larry Harvey Read more…

Do it. Do good this weekend.

April 27, 2018

 

Chinese Proverb: People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

As Earth Month heads toward its inevitable conclusion, there’s one more weekend to do good this month.

But of course just because Earth Month is over doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep on doing good.

This weekend there are a few events on Saturday I want to call your attention to and a fundraiser on Sunday. Read more…

ASVC Earth Day and Ventura College Climate Action Summit 2018 TODAY

April 24, 2018

Ventura College celebrates Earth Day today from 10-1pm with succulent planting and other activities to make the world better in an event organized by Associated Students at Ventura College. This evening from 630-830pm is the Ventura College Climate Action Summit. Scroll down for details as well as directions on how to make this Earth sugar cookies! Read more…

Earth Day: Stand For What You Stand On

April 22, 2018

 

Today, Sunday April 22, 2018, is Earth Day.  Read more…

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