Clark McKowen — On Zen Days

Clark McKowen

Clark McKowen



A Rich, Manifold Life —

. . . brought close to the eye






This website is sort of a workshop for getting into the inner and outer reaches of human experience.   In a way,

It’s about getting all I can out of my cornflakes. 

It’s a reminder that the smell of shoe polish has infinite dimensions —  if I’m willing to think about it.  And it’s a lot more fun, at least for me, to enjoy as much of my moments as I can while they are happening.

  • Realms of Gold is about the split between the perceived world — what we ordinarily see — and what we know lies beyond perception.

So if you want to get at the whole thing,  it can’t be just poetry or stories, and it can’t just  be about all those numbers involved in nuclear physics and DNA. The smell of shoe polish  involves applied linguistics, metaphor, semantics, and the arts – in fact, all the disciplines mixed together. It has to includes  physics, biology, and mathematics.

It includes the world within the skull of each person engaged in these explorations.

Various Tangents

I  Iike to mess around with various tangents of whatever’s in front of my eye just now — just to be a bit more awake.  For me, it enriches my day if I’m more in tune with what’s happening — while it’s happening.  I may as well say it up front: These posts always come back to the nutty idea that

Everything is everything.

So, if everything is everything, then chimpanzees are not some isolated, if fascinating, aspect of our planet.  They are all about me — and you.  We may not be very conscious of it, but we humans are always trying to see how we fit into everything.

  • I’m always trying to get a good look at our situation here in the universe. 

Things seem to come alive more when I do that.

 The Shipping News

Clark’s Boat —

Sailing at 10 AM

from Alameda


some region


the Sea of Intelligence


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