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Caribou Time

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 4:45am
An essay from Jans’“The Giant’s Hand: A Life in Arctic Alaska”

If rain could fall in any scent, what scent would you want it to be?

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 4:29am
A mix of fresh cut yellow and red cedar. It’s soothing to me because I’m around it all the time. Michael Chilton, Artist

What's happening this week July 13th - 19th, 2016

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 07/13/2016 - 4:25am
Live Blues Show, Saturday, July 16, 10 p.m., McGivney’s Valley location. Andy Koch’s Badd Dog Blues will perform. Koch lives in Bellingham and is working with local musicians on his tenth tour of Southeast Alaska.

Southeast support group listings

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 11:06pm
(AA) An international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Early Birds, 6:45-7:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, Church of the Holy Trinity, 415 4th St.

Tis the season for Christmas in July

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:58pm
JUNEAU — It’s time to dust off the Christmas attire you’ve buried in your garage/attic/closet since last winter. Come celebrate Christmas in July to support the Juneau Rotaract Club and AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse Rape Emergencies), July 23 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Hangar Ballroom.

Latseen Hoop Camp upcoming

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:56pm
SITKA—Latseen Hoop Camp, a camp for students entering grades 6 through 12, will run Aug. 2-5 at the Blatchley Middle School Gym. Each day of camp will last from 12-5 p.m.

Klondike trail resident artists to give talks

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:55pm
SKAGWAY— Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park will host three artist outreach talks to celebrate the experience of this year’s Artists in Residence on the Chilkoot Trail.

Free child seat safety inspections in Juneau

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:54pm
Certified child passenger safety instructors from the Alaska Injury Prevention Center will join Juneau child passenger safety technicians to conduct a free child car seat checkup for the Juneau community on Thursday, July 14.

Harmful Algal Bloom Advisory

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:53pm
The Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins (SEATT) partnership has been collecting phytoplankton samples throughout southeast Alaska to monitor for plankton species that can produce toxins and cause human health effects

Fish Factor: August king opener likely in Southeast

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:44pm
For salmon, total catches by July 8 were nearing 28 million fish, of which 10 million were sockeyes, primarily from Bristol Bay. Last week marked the catch of the two billionth sockeye from the Bay since the fishery began in 1884.

Corner Bay road system bridge closed

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:39pm
SITKA — In the interest of public and employee safety, the Tongass National Forest supervisor has ordered that the Muri Creek Bridge, FS Road 7540, on the Corner Bay Road System within the Sitka Ranger District be closed to all vehicle traffic, including all-terrain vehicles.

Forest Service closes bridge over South Creek

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:38pm
JUNEAU — In the interest of public and employee safety, the Tongass National Forest supervisor has ordered that the Neva Lake Bridge over South Creek on the Juneau Ranger District be closed to all vehicle traffic, including all-terrain vehicles.

Rainy Day Reads: Sci-fi for your soul

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:36pm
“A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet” by Becky Chambers

Art in unusual places

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 10:13pm
The Capital City Weekly welcomes reader-submitted images of art in unusual or unexpected places. Photographers of all levels of ability are invited to send in images of natural or urban subjects that they find artistically inspiring or intriguing. Submit images to

Writers' Weir

Capital City Weekly - Tue, 07/12/2016 - 5:14am
The truth about blueberry picking By Diane DeSloover

11 Juneau Reps attend Arts Integration Conference in D.C.

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 1:35pm
A team of Juneau educators traveled to Washington, D.C. at the end of June for a three-day conference on Arts Integration sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  The team included four principals, an art specialist, and … Continue reading →
Categories: Arts & Culture

Two Poets Talking

What Turtle Blood Tastes Like - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 10:10am

One of my favorite poets, David Budbill has been dealing with rapidly declining health lately and while the conversations I’ve had with him over the years have been marked by a striking optimism, the challenges of being a writer who is losing the physical ability to write are becoming too much for even the most optimistic and zen of mountain recluse poets.   Here’s a recent conversation between Budbill and longtime friend, David French.  HIt the link for the full conversation,

David French’s questions and comments are in italics. Unless otherwise indicated, all the poems are David Budbill’s.

But let’s talk about what’s happening in your life right now.

The major thing that I’m dealing with is my Parkinson’s disease, my rare form of Parkinson’s disease. It has incapacitated me and made me incapable of all the things I used to love to do: I would cut wood and garden and mow, and I can’t do any of those anymore. So I’ve had to revise my life completely. So far I haven’t revised my life; I’ve just cancelled it, dropped out.

Now that’s not entirely true, because before I dropped out, I was able to finish a novel and a short story and a collection of poems, and they’re all coming out in the next year. So I did that before I cancelled my life.

The last time I was here, you said all this happened a year ago, when you moved to Montpelier.


Up until then, you’d still been working on your novel and your stories and your poem.

I suppose, yeah.

There recently was a song cycle of your poems at the Elley-Long Music Center. One song was about doing things for the last time. It was beautiful, but with an ache to it. You must have done a lot of that leaving Wolcott, walking around, looking around, knowing that was the last time you’d cut this wood or stack it or put it in the stove.

It was. Yeah, it was heartbreaking, because that was my identity, and now it’s no longer that. Which is no doubt one of the reasons I’m in limbo now.

So you’re not writing now.

No, I’m not.

You’re not making music.


Another theme that keeps coming up in your poetry, sometimes in very funny ways, is the lament over not having been a major voice in the poetry world. You wrote about the life of “genteel poverty and meditation” you lead:

…which gives me lots of time

to gnash my teeth and worry over

how I want to be known and read

by everyone and have admirers

everywhere and lots of money!

Is that something you would still write a poem about at this point, or is that an old theme that isn’t something you think about anymore?

I certainly think about it.

You still do?


You would like to be higher on whatever the poetry best-seller list is?


And have more money from it, recognition.

Yeah. Of course, who wouldn’t?

You’ve written:

When I came to Judevine Mountain

I thought

all my troubles would cease,

but I brought… my ambition –

so now, still,

all I know is grief.

Well, that’s true. I have this thing about ambition. I can’t live with it, and I can’t live without it.


Filed under: Poetry
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