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    Upon absorbing “Selected Timelines” I envisioned a conversation by a campfire…Michael Pollan, Richard Brautigan and Holly Jensen. As the crackles of seasoned white oak logs modulated to a whisper, and shadows danced just above the embers, Michael suggested they open a second bottle of vintage 1984 port. Holly smiled. Richard observed, “that was the year I picked to leave.”

    Robert Bly once essayed “Looking for Dragon Smoke” and reminded us of the poets in ancient times, the “time of inspiration,” the poet flew from one world to another, “riding on dragons,…dragging behind them long tails of dragon smoke.”

    After my re-reading today of “Selected Timelines” I unfolded the paper to study the pattern, and upon refolding, spied a wisp of smoke float outward. A leap occurred, to repeat Bly’s critique, from the conscious to the unconscious and back again, a leap from the known part of the mind to the unknown part and back to the known.