SMITH: That's not a pole, it's a poet-tree
Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:20 p.m.
Walking near Santa Rosa's Slater Middle School, Andrew Hidas spied a plastic document holder attached to a utility pole.
Lettering on it reads, “Share a Poem ... Take one, leave one.”
Inside are photocopies of poems. Hidas picked a couple works of Edwin Arlington Robinson. “Not being too familiar with Robinson, I came home to read them and looked him up on Google,” he said. “I learned something that night.”
I, too, stopped by the inspired, curbside poetry swap at Oregon and Wyoming streets, and I chose “To Night” by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822).
I'll drop into the box Sonoma County poet laureate Bill Vartnaw's “That Bird.”
hovering to catch the shaft
& our attention
“one with light”
& not only
from millions of miles
projected through ozone
sifted by tree leaves
in a breeze
I know that bird!
WITHOUT HER HAIR, nurse Gloria Haddad will take some getting used to.
Gloria is rather renowned for her hairstyle, a classic 1940s French roll, or chignon. For 30 years she's worn her hair that way, but Saturday night she'll have it cut.
To the bare scalp.
Gloria is among several women and men who'll raise funds for pediatric cancer research by having their heads shaved in front of a crowd at a St. Baldrick's Day benefit at Patterson's Pub in Windsor.
She'll go bald in support of neighbor Madeline Baker, 18, who's fighting a brain tumor. And once her dome is bare, Gloria will indulge a desire for a tattoo.
Her boys — Bryan, Jordan and Benjamin — think it's cool that she'll have their names etched onto her scalp.
Her husband, Sam, is trying to be a good sport.
Gloria says, “I keep telling him, 'Don't worry, baby, my hair will come back'” — and in time the tattoo will disappear beneath a new chignon.
THE HAIR IS WILD in “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” the wacky Australian film to be screened at Sunday afternoon's kickoff of a drive to save Monte Rio's Rio Theater.
The Rio (riotheater.com) needs a digital projector to survive. As casual as Monte Rio is, go Sunday without a wig and costume and you may feel under-dressed.
NO SWEAT: Starting at 11:30 a.m. today, two guys will climb onto a stationary bike and a stairclimber at the Sonoma County Family YMCA — and hog them.
Y chief David Brown and attorney Gerald Villarreal, chairman of the Y's board, intend to work the machines until donors kick in $2,000 to assure that low-income folks have access to Y camps and other services.
They'd love for us to stop by, drop a buck and savor that it's them, not us, pedaling or stair-stepping for hours and going nowhere.
Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and email@example.com.