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Taoist Dirt Pagan

I took a nature writing class w/ Jim Dodge a couple of years ago. He's the one that inspired the shelter camping adventure that I wrote about a page or two back - the one involving bears with suspected amanita-induced madness, lightning-struck old growth doug-firs, and albino sasquatches. Jim is a self-described "Taoist Dirt Pagan;" I imagine when he said it all the words would've come out as capitals.

He wrote a book about a little mallard named Fup Duck. I hear it's good, but I haven't read it (or Stone Junction or the others, for that matter).

This poem is from Jim's book Rain on the River. I like reading his poems out loud in the forest, and I'm not generally that sort.

Squall & Commotion

You've reached bottom
when you understand
there is no bottom
to reach.
And just rock there drenched
on the ship's bow,
watching the rain
fall on the ocean.

6/02 edit: added url for book; added last name for botz. hai botz.



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Jun. 2nd, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Vanessa & I read one of his books. They were on sale for $5 at the bookstore a couple of blocks off the plaza and I can't remember the name for the life of me. It started by someone's truck breaking down and the tow truck driver telling a story about his life...very drug induced.

I only got to take 1 class from Jim (American Short Story in spring of 07, I believe) and I loved it. I thought he was a great, if scattered, instructor. I can believe that writing is his strength.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
He definitely cares about craft, and, by God, if you're in his class he'll convince you to care about it too if you pay attention to him.

I'd take a short story class with him if I had the chance. The man has a gift for the wry anecdote - I'm guessing he can spot others with the same spots.

Pynchon wrote the intro to Stone Junction, and Snyder wrote the intro to Rain on the River. Apparently he's making *somebody* out there tick besides us.

PS - cute pics of you and T and M at In-and-Out. I wanna hear about the Faith No More show; we'll have to convince Vanessa to throw another soiree so we can have our semi-annual catch-up (esp now that Mo's is closed)
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
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