Trivial Pursuit

Can we not wean ourselves
Of these avenues of trivial pursuit?
Measuring the miles to work
With occasional variations, stops
Along the way on different days.
The parking lot to the building
Is five minutes. Minutia to keep
The mind in its rat maze.

The workmen building the addition
To a house I pass each morning never
Look up, so locked in their details
As the squirrel races away from us
Helter-skelter in no discernible pattern whatsoever.

Published by William Cowan

I'm from the East Coast, have lived in SoCal and now Northern California for some years. I've been writing quite awhile, published in 1992 in a literary quarterly: "Suspicious Humanist," vol. 2, #2, (20 pages.) Best job: fm on air personality on a now defunct station, "Evening Eclectic" music show, and a weekly poetry reading show. I played jazz and free/improv I enjoyed. Read Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, etc. and commented on the poems. I have read once at a local coffee house. Love the Bay Area, wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I am going to appear in an east coast anthology of best new poets of 2010 by the end of the year, published in Pennsylvania. I'm reading once a month at a brewpub in Marin with a group of fellow poets. We read to each other our work, and personal favorite poems of authors we enjoy. It is a pleasure to share with a community of fellow enthusiasts.

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