Back from Esalen, the Sun Magazine “Into the Fire” conference

Rooming with Sy Safransky. We got to talk under the stars Friday night about this and that. Talking with Sy it’s never about this and that but it’s always kinda about this and that which makes it akin to the lightly ordered musings you find in the magazine. Writers giving workshops included poet Chris Burks, whose performances and performance-art-type gifts — a stone, a bell — were just what the heady, headless, heedless group of up-in-the-air poets, fiction writers, memoirists and journalists needed. Nice. A stone. A bell. Thanks, Chris. And Alison Luterman, and Pat MacEnulty, and …