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You are a remarkable reader, Garnet-Shaw . You suss me out where I hide.

My process for my “deeper” pieces is very shamanic. (And, I speak from having had those experiences. But that’s another story.) In journey fashion, I pick a topic then stand naked before the winds of images, sensations and emotions that come rushing at me. I attempt to capture the experience in words. I edit later for craft.

Speaking of shamanic poetry, one of my favorites is Kipling’s In the Neolithic Age.

I was a singer to my clan in that dim, red dawn of man,

And I sang of all we fought and feared and felt.

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