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I think humor helped when I kept saying, “Hey, I’m not in the Obit, I’m still alive.” I’m in the third week of pneumonia, lungs are still not completely healed.  I was so sure I was going to die from complications but such drama, thankfully, didn’t happen.

I need to heal because I’m giving the keynote address to open a national conference in Denver next month, followed by two workshops on the following day: a workshop for caregivers and one for relatives who are raising children without their parents.

Had an excellent caregiver, nurse in Red. I did tell him one night,” Can you fire the chef who did tonight’s soup, it’s too salty.” He said, “I already fired him.” One night I told him I wanted Kapoho style healing food: Vienna sausage, hot rice and eggs. He looked stunned and said, “Nobody eats that stuff.” I got up and added shoyu (soy sauce) and sugar to a whole can of Vienna sausage, and was it good with rice and eggs! And healing began.

Spam is next on the menu.

The sound of the washer in the middle of the night brought back some vivid memories. In one hour, I had four bathroom accidents. I was too ill to do anything about it. That sound of the washer reminded me of the times we used the washer in the middle of the night when we cared for our mothers. And here, I was now the cause of it with Red doing the cleaning and washing. I kept thinking of a poem: The sound of the washer at 3 a.m..

STay tuned to the announcement of my next poetry book that is being released next week.

 

 

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Coffee&Poets

The following may be a better site to get to the interview. Thank you for your patience.

https://nsaa360.com/coffee-poets-36-stuart-canton-interviewing-frances-kakugawa/

or this: I’m experimenting here.

https://play.radiopublic.com/nsaa-360-radio-Wl73XG/ep/s1!fb653d6c22f9c1033c731ecfa1dcd12c64785a07 <https://play.radiopublic.com/nsaa-360-radio-Wl73XG/ep/s1!fb653d6c22f9c1033c731ecfa1dcd12c64785a07&gt;

Coffee&Poets.com

Thank you, friends, for asking for the site to see that interview of last Sunday. Here it is:

Coffee&Poets.com.

Enjoy. And thank you for your support. frances

Coffee & Poets

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Poet Stuart Canton, thank you for subbing for Frank Graham who couldn’t be there for the Coffee & Poets podcast interview yesterday. Interviewers like you have the gift of making someone like me sound good. Thank you, too, for allowing me to read so many of my poems.

To the audience who gave up your Sunday morning, I so appreciated your support and presence. Lawrence Dinkins, Jr, you are perfect for creating this podcast.

Be sure to attend or tune in to the Coffee & Poets podcast interviews on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Brickhouse Gallery at 2837 36th St. What an inspiring place and program to help keep poets alive in our community.

DW coverFrank Graham of Sacramento Poetry Center will be interviewing me on:

Sunday: August 20

10 a.m.

Brickhouse Gallery

2837 36th St

Sacramento

I will be reading selections from my forth-coming poetry book: Dangerous Woman.

 

Some folks love Spring,

New faces in morning glories,

Cotton blouses and green toe nails.

Winter scarves stuffed into cedar chests.

 

Some folks love Fall.

The season of sounds.

 

Summer…I hate summers

In three digit Sacramento heat.

 

I brought Winter back today:

A mug of Winter –

Hot steamy cocoa –

While the city burned outside.

 

fhk

Summer: 2017

Coffee and Poets

Thank you, Frank Graham of Sacramento Poetry Center for posting the following:

I’m interviewing the prolific and adventurous author Frances Kakugawa for the podcast Coffee & Poets, produced by Lawrence E Dinkins Jr, at the Brickhouse Gallery in Oak Park on Sunday, August 20. We begin the one hour program at 10:00 am and we’d love to see you there to listen in as we discuss her life and writing.

https://www.facebook.com/events/132501957356630/

Address:

Brickhouse Gallery

2837 36th St

Sacramento, CA