Bruce Louis Dodson - Journeys
I was born in Alton Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.
I escaped to San Francisco as soon as I was able and lived there 15 years beginning in the mid-1960's. My last move was to Seattle in 1985. In 2001 I met, fell in love with, and married my wife, Marie-Louise, in Stockholm, Sweden.
My writing was originaly influenced by Charles Plymell, who was a neigbor in San Francisco, then Charles Bukowski, Celine, Thomas Pynchon, Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg . . . also Stephen King.
So far this year my work has been published in: Sein und Werden (UK), Kerouac's Dog (UK), Breadline Press West Coast Poetry Anthology, Blue Collar Review, Chantarelle's Notebook, Everyday Poets, and Struggle Magazine.
My greatest pleasure is international travel. I have spent considerable time in Ethiopia, Brazil, Thailand, Holland, Sri Lanka, India and of course, Sweden.
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Postcard From Berlin: After the Fall -
Walls . . .
They only stand a while
Contrived to separate
Built of stone and concrete
Still . . .
None last forever.
Postcard From Tiruchirappalli -
The only difference here from night
As life goes on all hours
The nights are cooler.
Postcard From Amsterdam: Red Light District -
Mental jailbreak from the puritanic laws made by the bourgeoisie
Unending hordes of back-packed youth
Throng happily along the tree lined sun-warmed summer's
Narrow streets along a maze of glittering canals
Reflecting dappled ripples
A Seurat of colors
Leaf green, sky blue, golden sun
Parade of small boats . . . endless promenade.
Postcard From Buzios, Brazil: Yemanja -
At night in Buzios
Warm sea breeze comes ashore
Caressing . . . sultry breath of oceans.
Fishing boats rock gently on the dark horizon
Flashlights blinking in the distance from on board
As crews make ready for the coming day.
Postcard From Rio: Magic -
Dusty candles stuck in cola bottlenecks along the curbsides
Flicker nervously against the evening traffic
Sea breeze flavored with the scent of ethanol exhaust and lipstick
Little altars set by fire plugs, street-side tree trunks
Doorway entrance steps and stop signs
Offer small protection.
Postcard From Nepal: In Kathmandu -
Rain falls like Shiva’s tears
Great darkened clouds
Come roiling onto jagged peaks
Postcard: Ganges -
Sun comes pale pink
Out of dust horizon
Long warm days before monsoon
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