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July 21, 2013

Terry Wooten: Stone Circle celebrates 30 years


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.


Nomad (Barcelona)

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.

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