Craig Wisner

Archive for January, 2014

No Escape. (This morning going to work.)

Drifting out of the fog and onto the median

a thin woman draped in a red blanket,

wearing baby blue tights,

eyeliner and mascara running in black streaks down her face.

Lost looking, dazed, she crosses the street,

circles slowly in place in a gas station.

The light turns green, I pull away, craning my head

to catch one last glimpse

of her simply standing there.

A sign on a beauty shop next to a liquor store

boasts 100% natural Indian hair

and I wonder about an Indian woman

who shaved her head, perhaps her daughter’s head,

standing in a marketplace, a kitchen, maybe a field,

fresh white scalps and deep brown skin.

Recent Clay.

IMG_3850 (1024x913)Dimpled Bottles.  Glazed stoneware, cone 5, wheel thrown.  5″ height.

IMG_3852 (1024x683)Dimpled Bottles, detail.

IMG_3854 (1024x607)Squared Bowls.  Glazed stoneware, cone 5, wheel thrown.  10″ diameter.

IMG_3859 (804x1024)Water Bottles.  Glazed stoneware, cone 5, wheel thrown.  8″ height.

IMG_3861 (683x1024)Big Head, detail.  Glazed stoneware, cone 5, coil built.  39″ height.


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Awakened to hints of smoke and morning stirrings-

the clinking of pots, water pouring, coffee being prepared,

cypress branches drooping beneath an overcast sky.

I stretch, expand lungs,

greeting the morning light

from my bed on the forest floor.

Dive Board

Exiting the water after a one hour shore dive, I’m halfway back in when I hear a boat approaching.  Turning around and treading water, an over 30′ boat comes tearing through the kelp beds that I was spearing in only 10 minutes ago.  That could’ve been bad.

Time for a dive flag and float.  I’m really impressed with the Banks Board, but it’s essentially a $200 boogey board float.  So rigged this up:

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I glued in some threaded PVC for the flag mount, zip tied a cargo net on, and connected my catch bag.  I flipped the leash plug so the rope is on the bottom and connected a clamp to the leash for a kelp clip.  I haven’t been anywhere that I couldn’t use a kelp clip as an anchor so I’m not worried about carrying a weight just yet.  It holds all of my gear for the approach and I’ve rigged a set of backpack straps for climbing/long walks.

I like the added security of having this as a float, especially when going solo.  At least I’ll have a sort of “home base” in the event of cramping, tiring, etc.

And I have a flag so I don’t get run over.

Happy 2014 from Joshua Tree!

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