Portable Planet

Portable Planet

by Eric Paul Shaffer, Paul Eric Shaffer



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587750007
Publisher: Leaping Dog Press
Publication date: 10/01/2002
Series: Leaping Dog Press Book Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Eric Paul Shaffer is author of five books of poetry, most recently LAHAINA NOON: NA MELE O MAUI: POEMS, which received an "Award of Excellence" in the Hawai'i Book Publishers Association's 2006 Ka Palapala Po'okela Book Awards. More than 250 of his poems have been published in local, national, and international magazines, and in the anthologies 100 Poets Against the War and The Soul Unearthed. His short fiction appeared in Bamboo Ridge, Bakunin, Prose Ax, and Natural Bridge, and in two chapbooks of fiction selected from BURN & LEARN: You Are Here (Obscure Publications) and The Felony Stick (Leaping Dog Press). Shaffer received the 2002 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, and he was a 2006 Fellow at the annual Summer Fishtrap Writers Workshop and Retreat at Wallowa Lake near Enterprise, Oregon. He lives with his wife Veronica and two rambunctious sister cats on a ridge overlooking Kalihi. He teaches composition and literature at Honolulu Community College.

Table of Contents

The Ecology of a Portable Planet3
IFamiliar, Far: Open Letters5
At Play in the Fields of the Word6
Welcome to the Planet8
Clawed Tracks: Michigan, 197110
A Blessing for The California Kid11
Cougar and Rocks, Yosemite National Park14
Far from the House, I Climb16
A Note on the Diligence of Janitors18
Indian Petroglyph State Park, Albuquerque, New Mexico19
On The Often Unremarked Advantages of Baldness21
Good Odds24
Love & Hate Crimes26
Instructions for Your First Poem30
The Poet Cancels My Birthday32
Rime for Mr. Frost34
Rage Against the Dying35
How I Read Poetry39
America, In Your Name ...40
Three Lost and Ancient Mythical Kingdoms41
Plotting for Feathers, Scheming for Scales43
The Year of the Dog45
The Image That Must Remain48
What the World Says50
A Perforated Ode to the "E" Stamp52
IIThe Western Room57
IIIThe Rush Through Blue97
Reckless as Botchan98
Ear Shot100
Alone In Our Own Latitude102
On Listening to a Bootleg Recording of Allen Ginsberg Reading Howl ...104
Hunting Hawks in Okinawa105
After Ryokan: For a Distant Friend106
Asagi Triptych110
In Lieu111
Burning Earthward113
April Fool114
Voice of Stone: June 16, 1996, Peace Day on Okinawa116
Sajak Saja: Ubud, Bali120
Orang Malu: The Shock of Recognition122
Hari Natal di Indonesia: Kuta, Bali128
Gekka Bijin: Beautiful Lady in Moonlight131
Swimming in a Shirt of Sharks132
Death Mask in Red for Allen Ginsberg: April 5, 1997133
A Portable Planet134
On the Verge of the Usual Mistake137
Yadokari: Hermit Crab, Okinawa138
One Last Lesson from the Reef Egret: The Instant of Recognition139

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