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Spring Cleaning - Playing Catch Up with Haikus

There’s always an excuse not to write, but I find travel to the best bad excuse, insofar as all the between time, the not only unavoidable, but intentional waits to ensure check-ins, flights, drives, and plans don’t all pile on top of each…
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Of Shitholes and Huts

One of Ethiopia’s previous capitals, Gondar, is a stop on the historical tour route of Ethiopia and a city Cara and were finally able to visit last month. The Gonderine period was part of Ethiopia’s Solomonic empire and features its own…
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In Lieu of an Elegy

My great aunt Lois passed away this week and Cara left town for a training, which meant there was more time for writing but also more of a chance for that writing to just be bad—sentimental and stereotypical themes. So it’s been a mixed…

Breaking Rules and Making Too Many References to Pop Culture

Poem three is out early this week! I set out this week to write a triversen but the internet and inspiration conspired against it. First off, I had an idea for a poem bouncing around in my head over the weekend, which sparked while scrolling…

The Secret to Alchemy

Reading about mysticism is somewhere between a bit of a hobby or addiction of mine. I grew up religious, which for some people probably provides a comforting childhood. The idea that there's someone watching out for you and a greater meaning,…
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Not a Resolution: 52 Poems for 2018

Last week, I kept deflecting when people asked about my New Year's resolutions. When Cara asked, I finally caved in and said that I don't like to make resolutions, they're just meant to break you or be broken. Bouncing the question back to her,…
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How to Sleep Next to Ethiopia's Lake of Fire

Check out and subscribe to Many Roütes - a Seed Podcast to hear more about this trip. Originally posted on Medium. “Erta Ale means ‘smoking mountain’ in the local Afar language and its southernmost pit is known locally as ‘the gateway…
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Drinking Stories From Albania

For those of you checking in on life in Ethiopia, my apologies in advance but I’m going to enable a little escapism* for myself and you. So here are a couple great Eastern European drinking stories from that time I was in Albania. I think…
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International Coffee Day - Retrospective

For the month that Cara lived in Addis before me, I slowly formed two different images of the coffee culture in my head. In both of them, coffee shops were on every corner and I can happily report that much is extremely accurate. In one version,…
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New Years and New Beginnings in Oromia

Today, Sunday (Meskerem 1 on the Ethiopian calendar and September 11 on the Gregorian calendar) is New Year's Day here in Addis. Yesterday, the streets were lined with people selling and buying huge bundles of dried branches taller than me…