An old friend from my pre-Stone Circle days, writer, poet and filmmaker Patrick Pfister, will be the director. Along with films, Patrick has published two books of short stories by Academy Chicago Publishers about his travels around the world. This month he has a collection of poetry, “El Camino and Other Travel Poems,” being released by Literary Laundry Press.
Patrick is a very fine writer, though he doesn’t recite his poems by heart like I do.
I’m a performance poet, but I dwell in a writing room full of books. We’ll be spending a lot of creative time together on the Stone Circle film this summer.
Below is sampler of Patrick’s work. “Nomad” is from a more recent collection.
A man pitches a cardboard tent
onto the pharmacy’s marble threshold.
He sleeps next to four asphalt lanes
that are all accelerator and no brake
while his shopping cart waits nearby
like a faithful donkey.
From stone balconies, curtained eyes
peak down into his dreams
of rolling steppes and flying deer.
Until the moon glows in marble
for the first time.
Days later, a neighbor tapes an obituary
to the trash container
he foraged through every night.
Afoot and Lighthearted
(El Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage)
We love the Camino.
We want to walk it forever.
We love how tiny puddles spray
freshness up into us.
We love the Sun on our backs
and the Moon in our eyes,
and we walk between them,
wondering what is breath
and what is wind.
We love how the world is for us.
We feel part of it all.
We want to walk until we are not
who we were,
or who we thought we were;
we want to walk forever.
We love the Camino, and
what is it but a light we once knew
and cannot forget?
We want to walk to the end,
to the world’s end,
and plant a seed
in a field of stars.