Wild Patience Diaries: Wise Guides to Slow Time (Spoken Word Version)

“I became a student of older traditions, where time had another measure. My only essential tools were now pens, paper, a park bench. Poetry. I travelled through time and space; landing in the east of five hundred years ago, a thousand. Kenko’s Essays in Idleness, Chōmei’s An Account of My Hut, Bashō’s Records of a Travel-Worn… Read More Wild Patience Diaries: Wise Guides to Slow Time (Spoken Word Version)

Wild Patience Diaries: Stories of Our First & Last Rooms (After Chōmei)

“I am…an old silkworm spinning his cocoon. It is not a hundredth the size of the house of my middle years. As I complained my way through life, each passing year has added to my age, and each move reduced my dwelling.” After living through fire, famine and earthquake, Kamo no Chōmei (鴨 長明, 1155–1216) made in… Read More Wild Patience Diaries: Stories of Our First & Last Rooms (After Chōmei)

Wild Patience Diaries: Wrestling Trees (After Whitman, Following Illness)

“Dear soothing, healthy, restoration-hours––after three confining years of paralysis––after the long strain of the war, and its wounds, and death” Walt Whitman After each hard and slow return to the world I’ve had to make after serious illness, I turn always on my first days back up (as again now, after ten days with Covid-19… Read More Wild Patience Diaries: Wrestling Trees (After Whitman, Following Illness)