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Bodeen, Jim

Beginning in all.
Not one short cut
to get to my bus.
Five years ago I was given a word, Storypath/Cuentocamino. Two slammed-together nouns in English and Spanish. No handbook, no definition. I left classroom teaching after 33 years where I had a dual life with teaching and poetry. I carry a notebook and a camera and write everyday. Writing poems, taking testimony, and documentary photography is what I’ve been doing. Storypath/Cuentocamino has taken me inside a rancho, La Cuestita, Michoacán, Mexico; El Salvador where I spent a month walking with Lutheran Bishop Medardo Gómez, called the Bishop of Peace. I rode the Peace Train from Meridian, Mississippi to Washington, DC. I have been to Honduras, invited by people representing Pure Water for the World, and Adelante, a micro-lending program primarily for women. I return to La Cuestita on a regular basis. My wife and I have traveled the length of Vietnam, where we began our relationship in letters over 40 years ago, when I worked in medical evacuation at the 85th Evac Hospital.
Storypath/Cuentocamino is taking me into deeper explorations of testimony/testimonio, witnessing, and the relationship of poetry and listening. I’m not an expert in anything. I’m a beginner. In Spanish the word is principiante.
I have made numerous short retreats to Holden Village, an ecumenical Lutheran Retreat Center/former mining town, above Lake Chelan where I have given short workshops and participated in extended conversations involving poetry, prayer, and listening.
This is a dirt road. On a return trip to El Salvador, I visited six repopulated, or demobilized communities. A journalist tells me that Globalization and Free Trade Agreements may be the only conversation we can afford to have. I only want to talk about the poem, and how each poem helps shape the conversation with a stake in the outcome.
The Poetry Pole touches earth and sky. East and West carved into the Pole a dozen years ago, the past several years have called me North and South. Each direction is a grandfather. My wife and I have been given grandchildren and care for them several days a week. My mother, in her 80’s has moved to Yakima. We feel blessed with our lives in the margins where poetry is one of several inclusive centers.
June 2009

Recordings

Buscando Luz En Cada Cuarto Oscuro (Spanish)

Presenter: Bodeen, Jim / 2003

Testimonios y las Entrevista (Spanish)

Presenter: Bodeen, Jim / 2003

Imagines Arquetipos de Mujeros En Cultura Latina America: Images of Women in Latin American Culture

Presenter: Bodeen, Jim / 2003

Abrecaminos: Seeking Light in Each Dark Room

Presenter: Bodeen, Jim / 2003

La Cruz Subversiva – Part 1

Presenter: Bodeen, Jim / 2006

La Cruz Subversiva – Part 2: Como Vivio Una Vida Espiritual en El Mundo Material

Presenter: Bodeen, Jim / 2006

La Cruz Subversiva – Part 3: Immigrant stories

Presenter: Bodeen, Jim / 2006

La Cruz Subversiva – Part 4: I Have Tourette's But Tourette's Doesn't Have Me

Presenter: Bodeen, Jim / 2006

La Cruz Subversiva – Part 5: Subversive Cross Stories from Our Week at Holden

Presenter: Bodeen, Jim / 2006

Is this the Journey? Maybe it's the Calling.

Presenter: Bodeen, Jim / 2008

Vespers August 9, 2010 (Abriendo Caminos)

Presenter: Bodeen, Jim / 2010

Vespers September 15, 2011

Presenter: Bodeen, Jim / 2011

Holden wishes to express appreciation to PLU, Pacific Lutheran University, for their support of the Holden Audio Archive Project.

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