Welcome

Hi, folks—

By way of biography, I was born in 1957 (hence the URL of this here blog) and lived in a number of U.S. cities before moving to Toronto in ’06.  I’m a poet, essayist and photographer, and spent close to ten years teaching at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  Personally, I prefer Toronto. 

I may be one of the least likely of bloggers, for a number of reasons, but here I am doing something that I’ve honestly wanted to begin for a long while.  Besides, I like coloring outside the lines.

There’ll be a good deal of political writing; my wife and I left the States because of Dubya, a man who (I’m proud to say) I never once called President without some form of modification, as in “the not-President” or “Commander-in-thief.”  We couldn’t stand any longer the idea that he was spending “blood and treasure”  on a war that could only be illegal.  So, we moved but in my heart I wanted Barack Obama to win.  That’s all there is to it.  It was either that or, friends, you couldn’t get far enough away without booked passage to Mars.  At this writing, the President hasn’t moved against Bush in any direct way, so we’ll see what happens but at this point I’m hoping Eric Holder ignores the whole idea of a truth commission and feeds these false Christians to the legal lions once and for all.

Did I mention I’m opinionated?

Right now, I’m working on a book of poems.  The title at the moment is One More Time for All the End Times, and it’s really a compilation: thirty-year old pieces alongside others from earlier this year.  I’ve never tried to organize a collection this way, so we’ll see.  That will be an ongoing thread here, I should think.

What else might you find? Photos, music reviews, old war stories, who knows?  At any rate, since you’ve found this space I hope you’ll come back.  Much Cheer.

4 Responses to Welcome

  1. Emma Dickson says:

    Hi jonn
    I enjoyed your writting and i was especially interested to hear about the cowdens as i am a member of that gang.Have you come across laurens site-she has gathered together nearly 200 cs people.ptenworld.com

  2. Hi John, I was one of Lisa’s English teachers in high school. I have some things you might like to have–some of her earlier writing. If you are interested, please get in touch with me. daugherr@aol.com

  3. Hi John ~ I’m using a lot of Lisa’s research for my thesis ~ and I came across your blog. I only met her briefly in Canterbury, but I knew she was an awesome being. I saw that you’re in LA – I’m here as well. I know it’s kind of weird, but let me know if you’re interested in connecting. cathchristof@hotmail.com ~~

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