Our Teenage Self

When Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska dreams of meeting her teenage self, the only thing she recognizes are the eye sockets. This picture was taken way far out in the Colombian Plains, during a quick, off-road rally break. Here is the rest of the poem:   Teenager Me—a teenager? If suddenly, here, now, she stood […]

The Social Worker, the Monkey and You

Mark Strand is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. Poet Laureate. As such, he gets to be offensive, like he is in the poem above. In all fairness, though, he is offensive to everyone. And funny. Plus, Strand must include himself in the laughable equation as he is the one recording it. I place him as […]

Not again

Taken at 11,480 feet above sea level, this photo joins two unexpected sights: a most casual Mark Strand poem and a huge boulder covered in minute bright red moss. Read La Calera 2013 Related articles Lunch in the pueblo (bienvenidoalatierrita.wordpress.com)

El Dorado, unwakened

The silver blue horizontal slice between the mountains in the picture above is Colombia’s Guatavita Lake, better known as El Dorado. The legend that its bottom is heavy with treasure arose when the conquering Spaniards learned that the then-native Chibchas sunk gold there as an offering to the gods. The actual gold found at Guatavita […]