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Archive for the month “January, 2021”

Almost dawn

This half-minute video poem pushes poetry into the realm of dance, with choreographer / dancer Charly Santagado of Mignolo Arts!  :- D

Using her dance-language Movenglish, Charly interpreted my micropoem “Almost Dawn” and then filtered the footage into a grayscale animation.

The music we used is an interpretation too. I fed my poem into a language-to-music program and incorporated the resulting melody, which I fleshed out with bass and percussion loops.

We hope you enjoy it!

almost dawn . . . / night packs its bags / catches a cab / and heads for the station / as day comes in the door

CLICK THIS LINK to play “Almost Dawn”.


Charly Santagado, co-founder and Artistic Director of ~mignolo dance~, is a dancer, choreographer, and creator of the dance-language Movenglish. She lives in Metuchen, New Jersey, U.S.A., and can be found online at https://www.instagram.com/charlymoves/.

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Haiku about 2020

COVID-19 dominated the big news in 2020, so lots of “little news” went under-reported — like this headliner that happened outside our own front door. LOL!

winter night —

from out of our wreath

a wren


Published in Brass Bell: A Haiku Journal Special Edition (https://brassbellhaiku.blogspot.com/2021/01/haiku-about-year-2020.html), 1/13/21.

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One last blossom

A video poem can’t fix the world, but maybe it can give us a moment’s respite from our concerns and refresh our spirits a little.

This collaboration between yoga powerhouse Kathy Uyen Nguyen and me is called “One Last Blossom”. We hope you enjoy it! :- )

CLICK THIS LINK to play “One Last Blossom”.

"One Blossom Left", a video poem collaboration.


Kathy Uyen Nguyen is a certified/licensed athletic trainer and a certified/registered yoga teacher. She lives in Houston, Texas, U.S.A., and can be found online at https://www.instagram.com/kathyunguyen/.

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