Stephen Roxborough has been a backyard weedpuller, molybdenum mine mechanic's helper, two-time Canadian champion, tree surgeon assistant, librarian's aid, English major, art history minor, waterpolo goaltender, paper mill rollbucker, Eddie Silver & the Supersonics harp player, park attendant, photographer, skywatcher, adland copywriter, dishwasher, cross continent bicycle rider, marketing consultant, book reader, birdwatcher, bartender, art collector, stoveman, busboy, airline catering kitchen quality assurance, Las Vegas lifeguard, armchair philosopher, British champion, Buddhist monastery afternoon bellringer, movie house relief manager, right fielder, co-founder of a poetry festival, tree planter, house husband, food critic, frisbee tosser, book editor, photographer, bodysurfer, guitar noodler, ad agency creative director, vegetarian, dual citizen, Aladdin doorman, world traveler, meat cutter, artist, cook's helper, teacher, student, son, brother, father, lover, poet & hopeless romantic.
He was once fired for his too short haircut.
Open Heart Sutra Surgery by Stephen Roxborough
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bill bissett, poet, painter, teacher, mystic
Available in Hardcover and Paperback
ISBN 978-0-9892018-3-4 180 pages $24.95 5.5"x8.5" hardcover
the outlines & the inlines of you the lines that show me where you are in the world the lines of your smile your legs your back the lines of your toes hands & nose the lines of your eyes open & closed the lines of your hips the lines of your lips i love the lines that come out of your mind & out of your pen
i love the lines you draw & withdraw the lines you feed me the lines of your laughter i love your telephone line & the lines you walk i love the lines of your shine how they radiate & connect with all the other lines i love the lines in my mind that crave the shape & touch & sound & thought & gift of you
i’ll never forget your performance
our only spring at the beach overlooking the bay where one day i hope you’ll scatter my ashes
we sat on sand among stray logs reading obscure books & drinking coffee from to-go cups when you pulled a feather from your jacket another & another & then a knife so you ripped into the non-rip material removing handfuls of down
releasing white fluff up watching it fly again returning it back to the wind back to magical updrafts into clouds of compassion as each feather landed on pages of words written for another in coffee cups poured for another on faces & hair & sweaters & sand even some floating farther away into the brine of the bay
until your jacket became a metaphor of death & resurrection
now an empty shell without a soul you said goodbye & buried it in green dumpster behind the oceanside apartments the first place in vancouver i ever lived
"Roxborough apostrophizes Desire in
its every form and creates a document I wish had been written to me by all the
lovers I’ve ever known. Roxborough speaks the universal languages of
physics and philosophy; “mad with randomness and Einstein”, in that place where
“everything whirls at the speed of light” yet ultimately brings one to
experience compassion for everyone and everything."
lawyer, editor, human rights advocate
"Stephen Roxborough sparks a
connection between the physical and spiritual as he beckons the
reader to make the leap back and forth. Desire beseeched, romance explored
and questioned, Open Heart Sutra Surgery gleans the wisdom and
folly from love and passion while serving us a rare, delicious taste
of juicy forbidden fruit."
Karl Blau, singer, songwriter, thinker,
"This is not a book of awkward, flowery language,
pretty without substance. This is an in-depth, sometimes playful, yet always
painfully honest collection of work written in a language that could, if
practiced honestly, be universally understood by all lovers and partners." Alicia Winski, editor (Nightwing Publications)
"A whole book dedicated to love & desire, much
in the mode of Neruda's One Hundred Love Sonnets. This would make a great gift
for St. Valentine's Day."
Doc Sigerson, review of open heart sutra surgery on