MonHaibun: Get Away

When I was a child, my mother once said to me, “I just want to get away.” I was horrified, and when she realized, she explained, “Of course, I don’t mean from you.” Now I know she wanted to go...

Westword Music Showcase in Denver

What really matters about festivals and day-long concerts is not so much the music as the spectacle. That’s why I like them, and that’s also why they wear me out. Westword’s Music Showcase on...

MonHaibun: Homecoming

I rate the look of the bayou above the look of an overgrazed plain in winter, but can anything match a field of grass blooming in the wind? Can anything match a reddening Midwestern oak, several...

Living Life in Peace

When Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper stood on stage at Civic Center Park yesterday and said that it would have been John Lennon’s 68th birthday, it got to me. When Lennon was murdered by Mark...

MonHaibun: Restoration

It was the longest walk ever, up Carnage Canyon to our worksite. At least an hour of balancing on our heels, or sometimes not. As crew leader, all I could do was ask her after the fall, “Are...