Saturday, April 03, 2010

Thursday, April 01, 2010


Beaver Creek Road

(march 2007)

No need to get
into a stewpot
with the sacrificial horse

the days of course
streaks of Bovril hot
from a tartan thermos

& the battle of the trees
& the battle of the letters
& the battle between the

the letters & the trees
has got my paternoster threading
his beaded naps past dawn--

I am the falcon
I fly blind
through a progressive sky--

Hampton Hawes
of Hermosa Beach his
harmonium gently weeps

a pastel streak
down a marble cheek
while evening recluses

abandon conclusions
to come in out of the rain
& a lighthouse beam passes

over an eagle-eye
copper moon dangling
over the folds of a felt sweater

in a truck more likely to buck
than switch to premium
for the Parkway--

I am the circling bird
I can smell
your meaty hesitations...

after all's been said the
hammer still falls
on an empty chamber:

Joanna to Goldfinch
a row of Specials
nestled in a ravine

where worn hoops swoon
& the sun don't crest
' til afternoon.


(November 1992)

(March 2007)


The Rural Parkway-Wooded is characterized as a "cut through the forest" quality created by the regularity of the forest edge and by the relative closeness of the forest to the roadway. However, where the opportunity to separate the bikeway exists, it should be seen to enter the forest; not just make the road right-of-way wider.


The edges of this type of Parkway are defined by the "loose" or "feathered" landscape edge which may include rural fencing. In this type of Parkway visibility into developments is expected and therefore the controls focus on establishing a relatively consistent building setback, controlled signage and mitigiating the negative impact of loading areas and other unsightly elements of development.


Fencing should allow for feathering, undulation and fragmentation of the landscape edge to occur so that the fence is sometimes in front of and sometimes behind random groupings of indigenous coniferous and deciduous plant materials. Open views to pastoral settings should be retained. There are frequent views through the landscape to the rural development beyond. There are view opportunities to the valley below.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

from Curious Pages

Afghanistan is a Drug War

To understand the Afghan War, one basic point must be grasped: in poor nations with weak state services, agriculture is the foundation for all politics, binding villagers to the government or warlords or rebels. The ultimate aim of counterinsurgency strategy is always to establish the state's authority. When the economy is illicit and by definition beyond government control, this task becomes monumental. If the insurgents capture that illicit economy, as the Taliban have done, then the task becomes little short of insurmountable.

Opium is an illegal drug, but Afghanistan's poppy crop is still grounded in networks of social trust that tie people together at each step in the chain of production. Crop loans are necessary for planting, labor exchange for harvesting, stability for marketing, and security for shipment. So dominant and problematic is the opium economy in Afghanistan today that a question Washington has avoided for the past nine years must be asked: Can anyone pacify a full-blown narco-state?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hidden from History: Unknown New Orleanians

Known as “the city that care forgot,” imagined (and promoted) as a seductress on the banks of the Mississippi, New Orleans has long been associated with a lack of consequences, a care-free kind of freedom. But for people who lived and worked in New Orleans, people who served the pleasure economy, people who toiled for the sugar, rice, tobacco, and other export markets, and for people who were unable to work at all, the city was not so indulgent, not so forgiving...

The Tyee — Coalition 2.0: Open Letter to Ignatieff, Layton and May

Open Letter to Ignatieff, Layton & May

At this stage, if the Liberals, the NDP and Greens established a formal coalition, before an election, it would be difficult for the Conservatives to try to discredit this. Importantly, the Bloc would not be part of it. The coalition should be upfront and in the open, as coalitions are in Europe and elsewhere. It's time that people in Canada came to realize that this is now the reality of the situation in our country -- that there is nothing wrong with the centre-left forming a coalition, with a combined platform that reflects the country's political and ideological structure.

Despite entrenched party loyalties, what centre-left Canadians need is a new political entity which the Liberals, the NDP, and the Greens could form if they acted creatively and courageously. If they did this it could be the dawn of a new era in Canada.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

just in case you haven't bookmarked Roy Arden 's blog yet...