Poetry Garden

Let’s just say you have just bought .2 acres off of Agua Fria in a zone 3 residential neighborhood in Santa Fe. (Let’s say you are me!). And you don’t yet know exactly what the city will allow, or how much budget you have. But you have a vision to put up a poetry garden–text installed in numerous ways on this wild sunny lot. How would you hardscape? Would you add a little house or ramadas? Would the feeling be wet or dry?
For the moment–and this is that last moment–let’s leave practicalities out it. Please go wild! I need your fresh ideas, most particularly about how to put poetry text INTO a setting.
Soon enough I’ll be limited by realities, so now is time to dream.
Thank you! Do post below in comments section.

Quatrains by Don Thompson

Don Thompson


Without so much as a sack of dust,
Empty-handed, the wind
Flees south like a refugee,
Only a few days ahead of winter.



Light spatters on stagnant pond water
Like grease on a skillet—
Cast iron, the kind old-timers
Cherished and refused to scrub clean.



Mid-morning train in the distance:
Lonelier than midnight, somehow,
Despite coffee and the raucous birds
That don’t even notice it.


Before Dawn

The first bird of the morning rasps
Some blue notes in a smoker’s voice,
Unanswered: Not up early,
But a lounge singer home late.


Columbus, Ohio. Poem & Images Miriam Sagan

Finally On Our Own

river roll
under James Wright

freight train
in a dead language
I couldn’t begin
to claim kinship

of this
and something else

of a deteriorated

an invisible
watershed, or wellspring
mid-western     manners

what you wanted
was simply an insert
in an industrial scape

praise or curse
so far from the deserts
of my

wind, lead
coverlet, shroud
not everyone
lying down
     was dead
some were
     in the bathtub

some were dreaming

on the dotted line
a nameless bird
from here to there
of the horizon.

The Katz Box: Sustainable Housing

My brilliant nephew Tobias Katz started this project as a student at the Columbus College of Art and Design. His idea was an elegant modular one–to refurbish shipping containers as tiny houses.

The cost per square footage is about half of that of traditional construction. He built the prototype as his thesis, and I had the fabulous opportunity to visit earlier this month, and share ideas as well as an excellent local glazed doughnut.

The initial building was made possible through $30,000 worth of local sponsorship.

The inside has a clean modern feel, although obviously it can be customized to any taste.

Ceramics and glass were designed by fellow students.

He is currently at work on a duplex, and investigating live/garden units with one container given over to agriculture. The possibilities are endless, including housing for the homeless, and emergency response.