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My poetry discussion group at Book Passage in Corte Madera starts up again October 1, 2015 and runs for eight sessions. Proceeding more or less chronologically, we kick around poems and poets from Shakespeare to last week, touching on many "classics" and also some lesser known names.  The people who sign up help set our [...]

Filling Up On Empty

El Niño may be on the way, but California's water problems aren't abating any time soon. In the June issue of Estuary News, I look past the present drought to ask how much water California can store underground for the even worse conditions climatologists warn us we can expect. Estuary News is the respected quarterly [...]

In Johnny’s hoofprints

I'm headed to Wyoming for a week in July to trace the movements of my ancestor, cavalryman and general hell-raiser John Benton Hart, in 1865-68. He left a rich memoir of his experiences at the end of the Civil War and thereafter on the frontier. My latest article extracted from this lode appeared this spring [...]

https://vimeo.com/47527324 In August, National Parks Month, PBS stations nationwide will be showing  Rebels with a Cause, the story of how the coast just north of San Francisco was wrested from looming development to become the open space oasis it is today.  Narrated by Frances McDormand, the much-honored documentary centers on the people--the Rebels--who stepped forward [...]

Activist poets in June

On June 3 I'm reading with others at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, 444 Natoma Street,  7 to 9 PM. It's their Art and Poetry Evening in conjunction with a big analysts' convention that's in town. On June 14, my colleague Bonnie Thomas launches her book Sun on the Rind, fresh from Sugartown Publishing, [...]

My poetry discussion group at Book Passage in Corte Madera starts up again March 3, 2015 and runs for eight sessions. Proceeding more or less chronologically, we kick around poems and poets from Shakespeare to last week, touching on many "classics" and also some lesser known names.  The people who sign up help set our [...]

Water, Water

I've been writing about the California water wars since 1970. This season I'm preparing an update for  the second edition of my 1996 book Storm Over Mono: The Mono Lake Battle and the California Water Future; there is much, mostly good, to tell. This time the Mono Lake Committee will publish. And I'm researching a [...]

Four poetry collections, recent or forthcoming from Sugartown Publishing, mark the reemergence of a poetic movement known as the Activists.  No, it’s not politics.  “Activist” was the nationally recognized rubric for poets working with my father, teacher-critic Lawrence Hart, in the 1940s/50s and after. Since Lawrence’s death in 1996, a number of writers have continued [...]

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 [...]

John will be signing copies of an An Island in Time: 50 Years of Point Reyes National Seashore at the Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station. Following will be a showing of the new KRCB documentary film Rebels With a Cause about the extraordinary efforts of the ordinary people who saved the lands of the Point Reyes National Seashore [...]