Words Chosen Randomly From the Dictionary
Don Kingfisher Campbell is founder of POETRYpeople youth writing
workshops, publisher of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, leader of
the Emerging Urban Poets writing and Wednesday Afternoon Critique workshops,
and host of Monday Night Poetry in Pasadena. His first book of poetry, "Enter,"
was published by iUniverse Press.
By Don Kingfisher Campbell
Occupation: Doing a lot of substitute teaching these days. I was enjoying being a Guest Poet in classrooms. Been a tough year financially for schools, I'm told.
Libertarian: A political party I know little about. Liberal? Joseph Liberman is not a member, right?
Synthesizer: Oh yeah. Yes. Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The Moody Blues. The Beatles. Paul McCartney. John Lennon. All of them used it. Saw the DVD about Robert Moog. Saw Stan Ridgway perform recently at McCabe's; his wife Pietra Wexton uses one. Don't think I've ever actually been nearer to one though. Might have walked by one in a music shop without thinking about it. I want a marimba.
Chitterlings: It says, small intestines of pigs. I've tried menudo. Didn't like it.
Pub: Used to have one at my college. Really. Those were the days.
Heraldic: I've got a family crest. It's a wild boar. Our motto is "Never forget."
Coelenterate: A cnidarian. I had to look that one up. It's in this dictionary, of course. A jellyfish! Hey, I wrote a poem about jellyfish after seeing them for the first time in person at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. One of those places to go to on a date or with kids.
Wart: Never had one. Unless, that's what this little bump on the side of my nose is. But it's soft. I think it's just a growth. Another poet I know, Cathy Sandstrom, has one too. Can they be removed? Well, my glasses hide it pretty well, so, I usually forget about it.
Bent: I'm sorry, that's personal. Alright, banana. No, Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
Meter: Gas meter. Electric meter. Parking meter. Lovely Rita Meter Maid. Listening to that song as a preteen. I'm almost two meters tall now.
Surrender: Yep, I was right. This should be the last one. Love that tune by Jon Anderson. Wish it would come out on CD. And Cheap Trick's got one too. It's OK. I like this word. It makes me think of love ... and sex ... and giving up.
Published September 2006