Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Yes indeed. City Slicker Farming continues to haunt the mountain. This year, we harvested 500 pounds of olives -- not bad, if barely reaching the minimum of local small-scale rentals for private pressings. Unfortunately, we didn't know to immediately (within 24 hours) bring the olives to the press. So we'll now have to compost said 500 pounds of olives. Well sigh. Now, on the bright side, yesterday, I "harvested" two more persimmons....and I did get a photo of Michael out of it!

While I continue to grapple with F.'s very pink presence about la casa, here is my latest Recently Relished W(h)ine List:

500 pounds of olives
35 pounds of honey (OH YEAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!)
18 persimmons
5 Meyer lemons

AT TROTSKY'S FUNERAL, poem-ficciones by Mark Young (brilliant)

SOME GEOGRAPHIES, poems by Mark Young (there's such a wise presence of Now-ness in these poems ... dude's writing at the top of his game)

IF NOT METAMORPHIC, poems by Brenda Iijima (a manifestation of paradox)

NATIVE GUARD, poems by Natasha Trethewey

THE HOMELESSNESS OF SELF, poems by Susan Terris

TOUCH WOOD, poems by Albert Mobilio

GRACE IN A COW'S EYE: A MEMOIR, poems by Sonja Sekula

FEET FIRST, poems by Dion N. Farquhar

ECO LANGUAGE READER, edited by Brenda Iijima (collection of essays, interviews and photographs by 17 poets weighing in on environmental concerns: Karen Leona Anderson, Jack Collom, Tina Darragh, Marcella Durand, Laura Elrick, Brenda Iijima, Peter Larkin, Jill Magi, Tracie MOrris, Catriona Mortimer-Shandilands, Julie Patton, Jed Rasula, Evelyn Reilly, Leslie Scalapino, James Sherry, Jonathan Skinner and Tyrone Williams)

THE WIDOW DOWN BY THE BROOK, memoir by Mary MacNeill

ANGELINA, biography by Andrew Morton

TAKEOVER, novel by Lisa Black

DIE TWICE, novel by Andrew Grant

INNOCENT AS SIN, novel by Elizabeth Lowell

A MCKETTRICK CHRISTMAS, novel by Linda Lael Miller

LAST WORDS, novel by Mariah Stewart

DAMAGED, novel by Alex Kava

1996 Gevrey Chambertin Geantet-Pansiot
2000 The Mallea by Majella
2007 Dancing Hares
2001 Serpico
2007 Travigne house cabernet
2007 Hudson Carneros Chardonnay
2006 Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres
1989 Pignan
2003 Hare's Chase Shiraz Barossa Valley

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