Chirping Frogs

“… the poets among us can be ‘literalists of the imagination’ — above insolence and triviality, and can present for inspection, “imaginary gardens with real toads in them” ”   — from Marianne Moore’s “Poetry” (1967) CLICK TO LISTEN TO RECORDING

Sherpa Dance

“The sherpas are alert for ways in which to be of use… their dignity is unassailable, for the service is rendered for its own sake — it is the task, not the employer, that is served. As Buddhists, they know that the doing matters more than the attainment or the reward, that to serve in…

Threshing machine

I stumble out of a vintage Mercedes to hunker in the stubble, blend into the background like a roman candle, tape recorder tipped in your general direction. You catch my eye as if to say that this spilling of the fruit is only part of it, the grains under your feet and in the cracks…

Banging Brass

The back streets of Bhaktapur run and run: feet in rice, and hands in black clay, the city labours under harvest. Hand-pressed brick posing for the next natural disaster. These girls, elbows linked: their unbreakable chain.     CLICK ON RECORDING TO LISTEN