April 13, 2017

Tags: influential events

The 10 most influential events in my life, in no particular order, & being ones I participated in (meaning no "I was born"):

* Quit college, after which I had to live by my wits not just trudge along in a path that was laid out for me.

* Met Maggie, best friend, collaborator, critic, supporter.

* Married Johnny, became connected to someone more deeply than I ever had been in my life.

* Wrote 1 stanza of ottava rima, emulating Byron, which led to a book-length poem & the most satisfying work I ever did.

* Started (& continued for 10 years & counting) studying karate—physical, moral, spiritual discipline.

* Bonnie said, It's your religion and you should know about it, so I began to study Judaism, eventually becoming observant.

* April 24, 1971, the last big anti-Vietnam War rally in Washington. I met some guys from the Air Force, who become my dear friends, companions, leaders, pathfinders.

* In retrospect, moving into the Ezra Pound, where I've now lived 2/3rds of my life—I have a home & a neighborhood.


  1. April 13, 2017 7:03 PM EDT
    400 pages in 10 lines, compleat, a memoir, non-chronology makes it come alive from all dimensions at once. An award-winning obit. And all that's not there, the life-map from birthplace to Pound, the geography of travels since, and the non-essential essentials, jobs and such. The space-between-the-notes concept at its absolute edge. Et, en passant, quelle vie. A wonderful life.
    - Dan MacLeod
  2. April 14, 2017 7:06 AM EDT
    Thank you, Dan! You see what I was doing & what I didn't even know I was doing. How wonderful you are. — Elinor