Books

My first solo East Bay reading for Storm Camp is coming up Thursday, May 18, 5:30 to 7:00, at University Press Books, the great little store at 2430 Bancroft, opposite Zellerbach Hall. Note the early time.I'll read some climbing poems, of course; some environmental poems; and a couple of the ones that have earned me [...]

I'm introducing my new poetry collection, Storm Camp, at Book Passage in Corte Madera, January 23, 7:00 PM. It's at 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard next to the DMV. Next up is a March 11 appearance at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda  with fellow Sugartown poet Dale Jensen. And on March 15 [...]

My second poetry volume, Storm Camp, is on its way from Sugartown Publishing. Like its predecessor, The Climbers (Pitt Poetry Series, 1978), this collection draws a lot on my experiences as a rock climber and mountaineer--a scenery in which some readers find religious overtones. Library Journal said back then: "The tough-mindedness and technical excellence of these poems [...]

After 150 years, a new witness to some celebrated Civil War and frontier events steps forward. In the 1920s, my great-grandfather John Benton Hart dictated memories of fighting Confederates in Missouri in 1864 and Indians in Wyoming in 1865, followed by adventures along the ill-starred Bozeman Trail to Montana. "Johnny's" lively accounts amplify a sparse record, sometimes [...]

150 years ago, the Civil War was winding down, the struggle between emigrants and Indians on the Rocky Mountain frontier was ramping up, and an ancestor of mine, John Benton Hart (right, with his brother Hugh), was in the thick of it all. Late in life the man they called “Johnny” dictated vivid memories of [...]

The New Book of California Tomorrow: Reflections and Projections from the Golden State. Los Altos, Ca.: William Kaufmann, 1985. SUMMARY The environmental organization California Tomorrow, 1962-1983, was a green group with a difference. While raising the first alarm against heedless growth and suburban sprawl, California Tomorrow sought solutions in a great government reform. Under its [...]