• Columbus and Broadway, San Francisco. Bright volumes of fiction and verse have crossed the intersection from City Lights Books to rise into a squadron of paper wings.

Videos from the Field

Here’s a view from a street in Hanoi as I walked toward the city center.

I took this video while riding a bicycle on Cat Ba Island, off the coast of Vietnam.

This was taken topside on a boat in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Another view of the incredible Halong Bay–a place that challenges the imagination and reminds me of the innumerable mysteries and beauties this world offers.

On the road to Siem Reap, Cambodia, with a documentary filmmaker from Poland, an artist who was on the search for shamans.

On the boat headed to Battambang, we see floating villages and stilt houses and, in this video, giant shrimp nets.

Threading silk onto the spool–directly from silk worms–in Cambodia.

Working with silk on traditional looms. Cambodia.

Views from Around the Globe

The Dubai Poetry Festival, United Arab Emirates

  • As an invited guest of the Dubai Poetry Festival, I was flown 1st class from halfway across the globe to the United Arab Emirates.
  • The ruler of Dubai—His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum—recited his own poems at the festival and officially opened the festival. I was given a gold medallion to commemorate my participation in the event.


  • A gorgeous view: The Blue Mosque by night
  • The beautifully complex and elemental world of flavor in its vast palette, on display in the Spice Bazaar.

The 47 Ronin, Sengakuji, Tokyo

As part of a US-Japan Friendship Commission Fellowship (an artistic partnership between the US and Japan, the NEA and the Bunkacho), I studied martial culture in Japan (among many other aspects of literature, history, culture, and more). Ilyse and I traveled to the Sengakuji Temple in Tokyo to pay our respects to the 47 Ronin.

  • Ôishi brought the severed head of Kira, after a snowy night filled with revenge by the ronin, to the grave of Asano Takumi no kami Naganori (1667-1701).

  • For a short discussion on the 47 ronin, please click the picture.