Fresh Words


I use this page to post a variety of pieces, both those just out of the sluice, and older pieces that feel fresh to me at the moment. I generally keep them up for a month, or a few at the most.

Look for new poems (and more) at the start of each month.

The Truth   (new in August)

A Bitter Brew   (new in August)

Written to Sarah Cahill playing Percy Grainger’s piano arrangement of John Dowland’s “Now O Now I Needs Must Part”, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA – June 21, 2019   (new in July)

Written to Henry Kaiser, Scott Amendola, & Brandy Gale, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA – June 21, 2019   (new in July)

Written to Paul Drescher & Joel Davel, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA – June 21, 2019   (new in July)

Written to Rova Saxophone Quartet, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA – June 21, 2019   (new in July)

Written to Peter Whitehead improvising, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA – June 21, 2019     (new in July)

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The littlest tidbit with the biggest title.

The Truth

A poem doesn’t tell you how the world works.
It asks you.

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A silly lament.

A Bitter Brew

I watch my coffee in the cone filter bloom,
and I think of all the poets I’ve known
who’ve soaked, and steeped, and drained
their precious essence to the waiting vessel,
then slowly come to dry, and I’m grateful
that we all don’t have to live the same metaphor.
The coffee is extra bitter today.

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Here are five ekphrastic pieces written listening to various musicians at the Garden of Memory event at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA on June 21. Deets on that event on the Home Page for July of this year.

Written to Sarah Cahill playing
Percy Grainger’s piano arrangement of John Dowland’s “Now O Now I Needs Must Part”
dedicated to Joe Botz
Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA
June 21, 2019

When we leave, we are another
song, mixed with harmonies of
the next hill. The sadness of the town
is full for a moment, then flows
out to the meadows for another day.
Up on the hill, there are birds
of a different sound, insects buzzing
at the crown, and lovers holding hands
with closed eyes, waiting for night.

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Written to Henry Kaiser, Scott Amendola, & Brandy Gale,
Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA
June 21, 2019

This road drives me
parched and ready
aorta to sanctum
which means a moment of
recognition a savory
welcome riffing the human
yes it is, the sal-
ubrious cherub of
knowing, the wit, the ken
that opens the stone door
to globes and spheres, vessels
pouring the yes it is traipsing
fields and marsh meadow one narrow
path old worn dirt to the next
anatomy of mind the sole
duct the pillow of
for a moment certainty
dexterity sheer moment of
no ratiocination just
justice, wind, and sky.

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Written to Paul Drescher & Joel Davel,
Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA
June 21, 2019

The slopes gleam because
our eyes are fine
instruments of sky bequeathed
by thunder rolling through
miasma our unborn mind the
chemical love relaxing into
fusion, troubling the granite into
geodes, viscous rills, mitochondria
dreaming of an orchestra of
exploding stars rapturous and lavic
hearts of a new frontier
a new skin a capture and
release

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Written to Rova Saxophone Quartet,
Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA
June 21, 2019

Richard Loranger - Written to Rova Saxophone Quartet, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA - June 21, 2019 (1 of 2)

Richard Loranger - Written to Rova Saxophone Quartet, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA - June 21, 2019 (2 of 2)

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This last ekphrastic, written to the improvised sounds of Peter Whitehead, might be easiest to view/read by clicking on it, then increasing the zoom or view size on your screen to 200% or more. Or just download and view as a jpg.

Written to Peter Whitehead improvising,
Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA
June 21, 2019

Richard Loranger - Written to Peter Whitehead improvising, Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, CA - June 21, 2019

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