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Standing Heavy by GauZ’

An Event, Perhaps by Peter Salmon

Collected Poems by Gary Snyder

Poetry and Zen: Letters and Uncollected Writings by RH Blyth

Hojoki (Record of a 10-Foot Square Hut) by Kamo no Chomei (reread)

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and a person with a blunt sword cutting them into slices


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Sitting in meditation on my veranda on a cool summer evening, i am distracted by the beauty of the seagulls swooping, diving, screeching. But i only have the luxury of enjoying their presence because i am an apex predator, and so they are not a threat to me. If i were small, the scene i am enjoying would seem more like a horror film, like A Quiet Place. The basis of life on earth — that every living being eats other living beings — sounds, when you consider it, like the darkest, sickest idea for a video game.

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on grass under trees between blocks of 14 stories two families:

woman face down man on his back baby in pram

man sitting by portable grill smoke rising sound of meat girl playing with woman’s hair

speaking different languages this time this place this


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danger of education   we think we know something understand something danger of no education   we think we know something understand something

rain falling   wrench tightening   bread baking   water boiling   police sirens children shouting   sleeping   seagull   moorhen   traffic   movingsittingstill


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When i returned to Glasgow after 22 years away, with no visits during that time, i found three cities: one i remembered, one i had imagined, and one i did not yet know.

There is one thing common to all three cities, something that mystified me as a child and still mystifies me 50 years later: the male habit of regularly spitting while walking.

I have no idea of its origin. Wherever you go, you will see old men, middle-aged men, young men, boys, turning their heads slightly to one side and spitting on the ground as they walk. They do it when walking with others, and they do it when walking by themselves. They do not do it at home; they do not go to the sink or the toilet every few minutes to spit. But, outside their front doors, the spitting begins, and continues in lifts, stairwells, streets and parks.

How they do not become dehydrated is a puzzle to me.

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Virtue and Terror by Maximilien Robespierre (reread, in observance of the Queen of England’s Platinum Jubilee)

On a Dark Night I Left My Silent House by Peter Handke

Bad Behaviour by Mary Gaitskill (reread)

A Sea Story by Gael Turnbull

Creating a Personal Mythology by Diane Wakoski

Inside Looking In by Tom Leonard

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evening sunshine cat and dog trot side-by-side along city street


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man on bicycle pedalling through summer rain smoking cigarette


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Last week, one in 40 people in Scotland had Covid. This week, one in 30 have it. When the Scottish government decided to surrender to the virus by lifting mask requirements (though, bizarrely, still asking people to continue to wear them), we were assured that for fully-vaccinated people there was little to fear. But the following excerpt from an email is typical of what i hear from those infected:

“Having spent the 2+ years of the pandemic NOT catching Covid, I finally tested positive at the beginning of this week. Wouldn't you just know! They say that the effects are now quite mild if you've had the vaccines. Don't believe them. I felt like death warmed up for several days, a combination of the worst cold you ever had and the worst flu.”

With so many people infected, there are few masks to be seen in Glasgow, even in crowded supermarkets. We are more welcoming of a debilitating, sometimes life-threatening, virus than the Home Office is of refugees.

May all who are sick, in body, mind or spirit, be well.

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