Category Archives: Poem

Everyone loves an adorable tugboat!

From Canada to Australia, from Russia to the United Kingdom, and from South Africa to the USA, the entire world loves an adorable tugboat. The varied images of youth-oriented book covers, animated television series, poems, and motion pictures provided below … Continue reading

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Stand Up for Avra Valley!

Stand Up for Avra Valley! Midst a scenic desert valley a freeway is planned to flow more useless sprawl and chaos whose outcome we all know This Sonoran panorama is a treat for jaded eyes seducing all who view her … Continue reading

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Poets of the pavement – local places with Poet Laureates

The list below identifies those cities, towns, villages, townships, shires, and counties which have a designated or appointed poet laureate.  It is meant to include only those with an active poet laureate position or which are searching for someone to … Continue reading

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Urban planning portrayed through art

As urban planners we most often tend to think of our profession being depicted to the outside world in fairly basic textual and geographic terms. Either it is the written word in somewhat legalistic prose, or it is maps representing … Continue reading

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Blue Waters: An ode to Lake Michigan

BLUE WATERS (An ode to Lake Michigan) by Rick Brown ____________ Sacred blue waters Beckon to me Wherever you are Come to the sea * Crystal blue waters Welcoming me Marvelous vistas For reflective retreat * Blessed blue waters Smile … Continue reading

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Poem – “At a crossroads”

At a crossroads This way, or that That way, or this Forward or back Which way to go North or south East or west Everything in between On the compass   Turn left or right Answer yes or no Decisions, … Continue reading

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The poetry of a spring bike commute

Spring Morning Commute By Rick Brown   Wheels spin round and round Traversing the paved terrain They roll in cadent unison Along the paved bike lane   Fresh air breezes past me As fragrances abound Spring charms once dulled senses … Continue reading

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The joy of celestial cycling

One of the most pleasant  aspects of bicycle commuting is the opportunity for riding in the pre-dawn hours during the fall, winter, and spring. Granted, one has to keep their eyes on the road, trail, path, or whatever you are riding upon … Continue reading

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Guiding lights of the night

I had a breathtaking view of the stars at 6:15 this morning while walking my dog, Relay, including a marvelous shooting star. Shortly afterwards, I jotted down these poetic verses. Enjoy! Guiding Lights Evening star At dusk’s fading light Guide us … Continue reading

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The “grand” prize for fusing art and economic development

This is a slightly revised post from the same story I wrote for Rust Wire, that was published earlier today. Enjoy! I had my first opportunity to attend ArtPrize in Grand Rapids on September 29th. My oh my, have they ever hit … Continue reading

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