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Three poems by Scott T. Starbuck

Co-creative writing coordinator at Mesa College

Scott T. Starbuck
Scott T. Starbuck


The Art of Denial

  • If you ignore a thorn in your hand
  • it will go away
  • but first the hand gets infected, swells,
  • turns coal-purple,
  • and sometimes parts must be amputated
  • to save what remains.
  • Disease could have been prevented
  • by simply removing the thorn
  • but companies that owned it
  • said no.


Omen Poem

  • The hawk I saw
  • north of Santa Barbara
  • flew higher than oil rigs
  • offshore.


Listening to Fireworks Near the 2014 FOR Seabeck Conference

— for Gary Snyder

  • The real work
  • is daily practice
  • in order to be
  • of greater service.
  • Skies are filled
  • with vibrant explosions,
  • ooohs and ahhhs
  • while the truth
  • like a cedar raven
  • waits and speaks
  • at in-between
  • silence.

Scott T. Starbuck is a co-creative writing coordinator at San Diego’s Mesa College and on the coordinating committee of the Road Through Paris action at San Diego 350.org. He was a Friends of William Stafford Scholar at the “Speak Truth to Power” Fellowship of Reconciliation Seabeck Conference in 2014, a 2013 Artsmith Fellow on Orcas Island, and writer-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.  Later this month he will be a writer-in-residence at Playa in Oregon.

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Scott T. Starbuck
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The Art of Denial

  • If you ignore a thorn in your hand
  • it will go away
  • but first the hand gets infected, swells,
  • turns coal-purple,
  • and sometimes parts must be amputated
  • to save what remains.
  • Disease could have been prevented
  • by simply removing the thorn
  • but companies that owned it
  • said no.


Omen Poem

  • The hawk I saw
  • north of Santa Barbara
  • flew higher than oil rigs
  • offshore.


Listening to Fireworks Near the 2014 FOR Seabeck Conference

— for Gary Snyder

  • The real work
  • is daily practice
  • in order to be
  • of greater service.
  • Skies are filled
  • with vibrant explosions,
  • ooohs and ahhhs
  • while the truth
  • like a cedar raven
  • waits and speaks
  • at in-between
  • silence.

Scott T. Starbuck is a co-creative writing coordinator at San Diego’s Mesa College and on the coordinating committee of the Road Through Paris action at San Diego 350.org. He was a Friends of William Stafford Scholar at the “Speak Truth to Power” Fellowship of Reconciliation Seabeck Conference in 2014, a 2013 Artsmith Fellow on Orcas Island, and writer-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.  Later this month he will be a writer-in-residence at Playa in Oregon.

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