Reimagining a poem

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I have a new version of an old poem up at Reimagining Place, the “rogue companion” to the print journal Ecotone (not to be confused with the now-defunct Ecotone wiki for place-blogging, to which I used to contribute back in 2004-5). Be sure to scroll down and read some of the other contributions to the blogzine’s “Addiction as Ecotone” series. It’s been a pretty cool online experiment, I think, and one I’m happy to be a part of. The editor, David Harris-Gershon, was very generous with his time and helped me craft what I think is a much stronger poem (you can see the original here).

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Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).


  1. Yes, the revised version of Lines is much more in fighting trim than the original. It seems to trust the reader more and not try to add so many ruffles and frills. Great work.


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