Went to California for a writing residency. About the shittiest trip I ever took. Anxiety attacks cuz I went off a migraine med and they were so bad I had to go on another med it’s going to be shitty shitty hell to get off. Strains resultant with a woman I newly tenderly love, and asked too much of, and I can’t tell if she’s going to drop me or no, and she won’t say cuz she finds the question demeaning. All my abandonment holes opening inly. Out of the running early for the tenure-line job at my school I’ve waited five fucking years to come open and out for reasons I am fiercely philosophically and pedagogically opposed to. Also a stomach flu over Christmas. And, my father, now without question in dementia, and going deeper there.
2016 sucked for the free world. Little patch at the end sucked right here, too.
Blessings upon Nichae and my father who took me in, late night, when I was brokenhearting. Blessings upon City Lights Bookstore, Moe’s Books, Green Apple Books. Blessings upon the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, hills I walked at night sometimes sobbing, howling even, the abandonment daimon (H’s word) in me that strong. Blessings upon the inventors teachers and practitioners of EMDR. Blessings upon John Jordy. Blessings upon Barb you know why. Blessings upon my mother whom I have to say goodbye to we can’t meet anymore in this life. Blessings upon H, whatever you end up doing or deciding, it’s been exquisite. Loss addled me early, buddha dharma and sangha are bearing me forward on a stumbly road I don’t even know I’m walking.
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Blessings upon you, Bodhisattva Chris Patton!
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Thank you my friend, let’s meet soon.
I have no idea re most of what you’re talking about here, but I am so sorry you’ve had such a hard time over these holiday times. Come in and sit with us as soon as you can!
Many gasshos and much love,
Thank you Connie. Love to you, and I will tonight.
In case it means something, you (and Nicole Brown) were my two favorite professors throughout the duration my entire college career. I only had one class with you, a summer poetry class, but you were awesome and the class was awesome. A true blessing.
Thanks Christina! That’s lovely to hear. Hope you’re well – C.