Flamenco at the Thirsty Bear
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“Jim Gunshinan’s poems about leaving the priesthood, about American boyhood and manhood, love and death, are openhearted and wry and honest—a soul’s journey readers are invited to follow.”
Jim is an experienced author and editor in the areas of energy, energy efficiency, green building, sustainable living, and Global Climate Change.
Here are some examples of his writing:
Post-Retrofit News and Analysis (Home Energy Magazine)
Jim invites the reader on a trip through two home energy upgrades. Read more here.
A Village Takes On Global Warming (KQED Quest)
A village feels the dire effects of a rising ocean that threatens its very existence. Read more here.
Power Surge (America Magazine)
About the intersection of science and religion in a divided age.
Read more here.
Jim began writing poetry after a friend commented on his preaching: "You have the heart of a poet." He was accepted to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley in 1998 and attended again in 2008. A poetry workshop is a sacred place where the best and beginners work together to develop the craft of poetry. He is currently a member of the Diablo Writers Workshop.
Here are some samples of his poetry:
Blue Cornflowers (written for his wedding celebration)
Poetry attempts to turn the ear into an eye. Visualizing important life events can deepen our understanding of them. Read it here.
The Man Dad Brought Home from the War (from "What the Body Wants")
Angels arrive when we least expect it. Read it here.
Transformation (from "What the Body Wants")
The poet describes the last moments of his mother's life. Read it here.