My brief poem, “At Valley of the Gods, UT” is fortunate to appear in the summer issue of Gyroscope Review. Look for it on page 28!
Author: Bret Norwood
An American Buddhist Holy Site Near Fort Collins, CO
What is perhaps the largest Buddhist monument in North America is situated in the mountains outside of Fort Collins, Colorado. The monument, a stupa, was constructed between 1988 and 2001 to house a relic from Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa (1939-1987), whom the Shambhala Mountain Center celebrates as important for his role in advancing Tibetan Buddhism in the West.
The young people of Sheridan, Wyoming, know the ruined monument in Sheridan’s old cemetery as “the Witches’ Circle,” and little else about it is common knowledge. The only additional information I have seen on the Witches’ Circle comes from an article in the Sheridan Press weekend edition dated March 10, 11, 2012, and titled “A Place of Rest” by Caitlin Addlesperger.
and all of the fine and enjoyable poetry featured by the editors Constance Brewer and Kathleen Cassen Mickelson.
I’m honored to find the two-liner “Poplar Applause” right at the front of the issue.
I’ve seen a black sand beach
stranger than any foreign world
where King Poseidon draped in seaweed
once walked upon the Earth–
a black sand beach where steel-colored waves
wash up to shining, ashen stones
nested beneath charcoal plateaus that break out
all over in lime green leaves.