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to a cyclist on a winter evening

Hey, you, / you riding a bicycle in the dark and cold/ with a little yellow light on your helmet and a white one and a red one/ on your handlebars and the back of your seat respectively/ that alternately … Continue reading

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a poem i wrote in my car

I wrote a poem in my car/ and posted it to my blog/ from my phone. Hey, don’t honk at me. I am making a left turn. Excuse me for yielding To oncoming traffic. This is the second draft./ The … Continue reading

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who controls the conservatory?

While I was carrying my camera through the Lincoln Park Zoo last week, I found this scene in the Conservatory.I don’t know what delicate controls are behind that once-green- painted wheel, but the palm tree seems pretty determined to get … Continue reading

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midnight in the moonlight: part four

Outside the library, in the smoky, cool, dead leafy, moon silver air, a mysterious creature is practicing aerobatics. Roughly the size and shape of a regular boring male human, it has the wings of a bat, the tail of a … Continue reading

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midnight in the moonlight in the basement of the library: part three

In Iowa’s office (Iowa is Professor Lykander’s student assistant), there is a fat little stone gargoyle sitting on the desk. He spends most of his time posing as a sculpture, perched on the edge of a lopsided black painted plaster … Continue reading

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midnight in the moonlight in the basement of the library: part two

In the Old Chinese Reading Room (so called because of the colorful silk tapestries of extra squirmy dragons hanging between the main shelving units and the smell of Six Treasures Fried Rice that lingers there on rainy afternoons) a young … Continue reading

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midnight in the moonlight in the basement of the library: part one

Yes, the moonlight falls on the ancient, well polished, linoleum floors of the basement of the Noakes Library, in spite of the fact that it’s a basement and there are few, if any, true windows.  At least on Halloween it … Continue reading

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the best character name ever

Election time is here, and even though it’s an off year, a few signs have cropped up here and there in the yards of the neighborhood.  And with those signs came the best character name ever– or so I thought. … Continue reading

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new fountain pen first steps

People sometimes come to this blog to read about fountain pens and how to care for them and use them for drawing and hand lettering, so I thought I would share with you what I do to get started with … Continue reading

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tumblr sunday: mysterious objects from the distant past

Do you know what these things are, and what they’re for?  If you know, can you remember the boxes they came in, the sounds they made, the way they smelled?  How ridiculously angry you would get when one worked only … Continue reading

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