7 February 2012

three poems and an essay: Larry Jacobsen

Three Poems


The wind roars up the valley
tearing and ripping
     at tall trees
bending before its relentless might
sapping my will to resist

Huddled before its onslaught
I yearn for home
My dog leans against me
bewildered by the gale's sudden fury
      eyes meet
                              What now?



Awareness steals into my being
Who, where, what, am I?
I seem but one of many
in my descent from the infinite

I dance lazily down
sometimes wafting back up
in swirls of random energy,
then downward again

Where am I going?
Then joining the ocean
there is no longer
     an I.


The Frame
Unyielding frame of brass
what memories are buried in your alloys?
Do you recall a time when you were joined
by hellish heat in some fiery cauldron?

Your antique shape hints of lovers
soft images once nestled within
your sculpted edges, now gone
What histories do you recall?

Did part of you once dangle
from a mother's neck
enclosing the image of a boy
now disappeared into manhood?


essay removed by request (14 June 2014)
3 poems:
Used by permission of the author
From: "sfumato" Shoreline Writers' Chapbook series, issue 11, c2011
Posted with  permission of the author. All rights reserved.
(The Shoreline Writers' Society meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month at the
Port Moody Arts Centre , 2425 St. John's St., Port Moody, BC.)


also from Larry Jacobsen

Soft cover, published, approx. 352 pp. 8¼ x 10½, 
published by, and available from, Salmo Arts and Museum Society, 
 104 - 4th St., Salmo, BC, V0G 1Z0

from: Sultan Minerals review:

"...Tucked away in the West Kootenays, the well-known Emerald mine operated under three different owners, between 1905 and 1973. Now for the first time the history of this mine has been compiled in a book.
Author Larry Jacobsen, himself a former miner and Canex employee, is uniquely qualified to write this book. He worked at the mine for a short period in the 1950s, and it was some former colleagues who sold him on telling their stories.
The book is richly illustrated with hundreds of photographs, with some in colour, as well as a number of diagrams and maps, which all help to bring the mine and its people to life..."
 read the complete review at Sultanminerals.com
To book a workshop, learn more about Mr. Jacobsen's presentation or book a school visit, please contact him directly: starrider@shaw.ca. 
Mineral resources Education Program guest speakers programMr. Jacobsen's school presentation is free. He asks that each school purchase two books for the library.

about Larry Jacobsen
Larry Jacobsen came to Canada as a baby in 1929, the third in a family that eventually numbered 12 children. After growing up on farms in BC and Alberta, and deciding that farming was not for him, he embarked on a nomadic career that would eventually include 46 different employers, some of which he worked for several times. He had brief spells in logging (before power saws), sawmill work and diamond drilling, before becoming an underground "hard-rock" miner for 13 years and following that up with heavy construction work. At age 51 having used up nine lives and gone to night school for an MBA, he switched to consulting and worked for another 56 companies in construction, energy and mining.
 Mr. Jacobsen now lives in Port Coquitlam, B.C. He retired for the last time at age 78 (from paying work). Jewel of the Kootenays is his third book.  
Biography condensed  from:  Mineral Resources Education Program

update September 2012: Larry Jacobsen newest book "Salmo Stories" is now available
from Kootenay Planet: "Author and former miner, Larry Jacobsen, interviewed over 100 previous and present residents for their family’s stories of life in this small mining and logging town from 50 – 120 years ago. This book will leave the reader with a sense of just how tough men had to be to survive in a wilderness community far from family, friends, and access to common amenities. This applies even more so to the women, for many of them bore a load equal to or even greater than that of their menfolk. Hear how one lady once tried to kidnap a former “Golden Gloves” boxer at the point of a rifle to liven up her stagnating party—care to try that today? This free event is open to the public. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library"

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