CapFireSlam Dreaming 2017

As I post this the #CapFireSlam countdown is 27 days. My arrival is even sooner mind you. I need at least a day to unpack my suitcase 🙂 I booked & paid for my flights & hotel at the end of 2016 so the new low for the Canadian $ isn’t going to hurt me as much. But I’ll be eating cold pizza more this year I guess, rather than dining out.

After the disastrous hotel of last year I’ve opted to up accommodations by a star – I really need a hotel in which the a/c works & that has a coffee perk in the room. It’s not clear to me why some hotels charge extra for wifi in the room – when they offer it free else where in the hotel? I’ll be a little further from the Fire events this year – which won’t add too much walking time. I will get more use out of the transit system 🙂

Last year I booked a couple of guided tours to give me a better idea of tourist sites to avoid 🙂 This year I’ll get myself to some of those spots via public transit now that I know where they are & what I want to see. There are several Smithsonian’s I want to visit, so if I get to one or two I’ll be happy. I have my fave dining spots to hit too: Mule Bone; Ted’s Bulletin: both on 14th St.

Most of all I’m looking forward to the fierce talent of Capturing Fire – renewing some old acquaintances, deepening them a little perhaps. Time is so concentrated there never seems to be enough to do more than be happy to see each other. Also, for me, not being an indulger in social bonding via substances, I’m at a disadvantage (one which I have no regrets in maintaining).

I look forward to everything about travel except the border crossing itself – each year it gets more complex with photos, i.d. & I fully expect we’ll soon need health records as well. Soon no one with pre-existing conditions will be allowed into the USA without proof of adequate health insurance. Guards can deny you entry into the USA based on a whim & to question that whim becomes disrespecting their authority which is punishable by death.

So I ask myself is it worth the risk. The answer is yes. I’m a quiet, compliant traveller. I have all my documents ready, my hotel reservations in print, a list of things I plan to do (if asked), my answers ready. One of benefits of white privilege that I’m grateful for is being so innocuous. There is no thought scan yet 🙂

My undies & tees have all been mentally picked pending last minute changes. If only I could teleport luggage. I try to take less but it’s not easy making the right impression with such a limited selection. I’ll have some new writing to present, if I get a chance. Still not sure if I’ll take any of the new chapbooks. More than three of anything like that can get questioned & customs duties can raise their head too if it appears I’m there for commercial reasons.

Check out my Capturing Fire fun in past years – Yes I’m looking forward to Capturing Fire with eager anticipation with an undercurrent of border crossing dread 🙂

The Cost of Free

saying no

to what I don’t need

hasn’t gotten easier

not that I’m not tempted

by things I want

when the price is right

even if there is no point

in having them

it is hard to say no when

there is no such thing as enough

of having too much

at least as much as the next fellow


I long to have too much

but I have no place to put it

I can’t afford the cost of free

it piles up and up

so when I get what I need

I don’t have room for it

I’ve been filled to the brim

with what I was taught to want

by this culture of more

more is better than enough

especially when the price is right

when the price is one

you have always pay a little every day

not all at once

take your time

but keep on paying

because if you don’t need it now

you will eventually

down the road you’ll be glad

to be suffocating in the free for all


Chapbooks available:


kiss314257567_1162384753819933_3271661288579707843_oon going 🙂 when new podcast are posted:  Disability after Dark  iTunes

June 9-10: attending: Capturing Fire 2017 – flight & hotel booked already

check out these poets from  Capturing Fire 2015 & 2016

August 31-Sept.3 – I have my ticket already


November 1 – 30 Participating NaNoWriMo



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