Pen 2

Olympic National Park. Photos provided by George Payne.

Pen 3

George in Olympic National Park.

George Cassidy Payne recently returned from a four day trip to Olympic National Park and Seattle, Washington.

SEE Enchanted Tranquility: Scenes from Olympic National Park, The Severing , Why the Sasquatch Myth Will Never Die and Dispatch from Emerald City



where steel
head trout
blast the
sound and
nurse logs
slumber over
silky nets
of swordferns

to the peninsula
the peninsula

where wooden
eagles greet
iron fortresses
glimmering off
the oysters
in the harbor

to the peninsula
the peninsula

where Douglas
firs and Sitka
spruce reach for
God’s fingertips

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and drunken boys
dance on the sands
of a tideless moon

to the peninsula
the peninsula



Dispatch from Emerald City


The Severing

Enchanted Tranquility: Scenes from Olympic National Park

About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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