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design in the daylight, poetry at night.

Writing was my first passion and has become a constant journey. I write very sporadically, prolific at times, especially with my poetry. But I have also taken long breaks from writing, at one point 18 months. Priorities change as do our passions, forging new directions for us. Writing is always something I come back to, a load star. I turn to it like a good friend, in times of sorrow and joy.

I am comforted that many of my heroes, creatives beyond my ability, were also renowned for not finishing things. Perfecting, tweaking, unsatisfied, bored. I see most projects through these days, but not from a lack of diversions. I love to learn, crave to learn is more accurate. From history, to religion, to geography, to science, anything; I often get lost in a subject new or old and have the need to devour it like a scavenger feeding on a long sought meal.

I hold tight to a few indulgences, but many have fallen away.


1. qazse - March 5, 2007

nice site and sweet gems of poetry. I’ll be adding the site to the twisp and qazse blogrolls as soon as I get a chunk of time to add you and some others in my fifth or so wave of blog adding – a chore I put off doing, but feel great when I finally do.

2. Goodaboom - March 6, 2007

Bonjour Jack!
Thank you for your comments concerning “Bathed in Golden Light” in The Musiquarium. I really love your poetry and added you there as a link.

3. oldgreypoet - March 6, 2007

Returning your visit, and echoing your kind words. Please keep writing.

4. rjlight - March 14, 2007

Writing poetry is so difficult and you must be very vulnerable to write it well I believe. Which is why I never share my poetry–I can hide behind my sarcasm…

5. Jak - March 15, 2007

more vulnerable lately, not sure if thats a prerequisite.

6. Shahrzad - August 22, 2007

Argonaut: adventurer in Greek mythology who traveled to Colchis by ship in search of the Golden Fleece..
Argonaut found it, but killed a big dragon at first..May you find Golden Fleece soon..
Thank you for your blog.. Nice one.. :)

7. Amanda Sanz - August 22, 2007

Thanks for the comments on my blog Jak. Keep writing, stay inspired!

8. Ghazaleh - August 24, 2007

thanks for the positive note on my dream blog post
your writing is very creative and open too.



9. Kalliope Amorphous - August 25, 2007

Thanks for your comment on my blog. As to your question of publishing, my method was to submit work to the journals, reviews and magazines that I liked to read. Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market books are also an invaluable resource. Keep writing!

10. Dex - August 25, 2007

don’t be surprise for this new visitor…LOL..i just was surfing today and i came up here….beautiful header

11. kelidir - August 27, 2007

I too, and a graphic designer (or was, recently hanging up my GD hat) and another creative outlet is a necessity! Good for you for using your night hours to let the creativity flow. Because clients and deadlines can suck the life out of you! Keep it up!

12. Morgan St. John - August 29, 2007

Computers have mad our world a very small place. I have friends in cities all over the world now, where as, before my phone and my paper were my only means of keeping track of the people I love.

I am a writer. My friend, Bria, is a writer and she sent me to visit you… She spoke of you on her blog today and she would be honored if you stopped by. http://www.purplehearts.wordpress.com.

Thanks for sharing yourself with others.

13. whets - August 29, 2007

Over this last short while I have found your writing inspiring and have shared it with others I work with. As librarians we are surrounded by words that come in so many different forms, but yours have a gentle touch that catches us all in many different ways. I am not a writer but a reader and unfortunatelly have not yet mastered the written word, but often read your poetry aloud, which is listened to with closed eyes and open minds.

So, thanks for the talent and an even bigger thank you for saring this talent with us (even all the way down in New Zealand).

14. withserendipity - September 5, 2007

You are a very good poet. Keep up the inspiring work!

15. Red - September 5, 2007

“I love to learn, crave to learn is more accurate”
Likewise. Lovin’ the blog thus far.

16. Clare - September 5, 2007

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I wanted to say to you that your poetry is very graceful. I read a small bit of it only moments ago. You have a collected, sure voice and your poems are quietly meditative.

Love what you do and do it well.


17. kristinasworld - September 6, 2007

Curious minds are wonderful!


18. Alex - September 8, 2007


Love your work. Funny. I was going to keep comments closed on that poetry page. And there you were. Glad you stumbled in. Love it. Email me any time.


19. nidiaojeda - September 13, 2007

Loved your poetry, but I found myself curiously identified with this secction of your personal profile…
“I find myself comforted by the fact that many of my heroes, creatives far beyond my ability, were also renowned for not finishing things. Perfecting, tweaking, unsatisfied, bored.”

20. greenlavender - September 26, 2007

Hello Jak,

I followed you here, from your comment on my blog. I found myself mesmerized by your wonderful writing. You write from the heart, your soul, a true place. Keep writing, never give up. You are an inspiration.

Much love,

21. christophercaleb - September 26, 2007

jak – thanks for the comment, man…for whatever reason, it seems that poets thrive on interaction with the few that have the strength of heart to live with poetry…even better when that interaction is with a fellow poet…keep it up…your writing rings true…

22. janetleigh - September 27, 2007

Thank you for leaving such a nice comment on my blog, Jak. I’m glad you did because it brought me here to yours. I probably wouldn’t have have found it myself, and it would have been my loss because you have a really nice selection of writings here. I’m enjoying getting to know your mind, what you think about, your sensibilities; and I like what I see. I’ll be providing a link to The Argonaut for my readers. :)

23. Amanda Sanz - September 27, 2007

Thanks for adding me to your blogroll ;)

24. poseidonsmuse - October 7, 2007

Thanks for visiting ‘The Tavern’ Jak. It was nice to trackback to your site and find such a poetic mind. Your journey sounds like an incredible one thus far…My reef is never far away, if you need a Mermaid muse…

25. mysoul - October 8, 2007

Thank you for Visiting and leaving comments. Read the Unjust and thought…we agree about the BS.

I think I figured why the page is called the Argonaut. :). Wondering if you ever tried walking around with one shoe?

26. bphearts - October 14, 2007

Thought I’d finally get around to commenting – and I thought I’d do it here instead of trying to pick a favorite (I have several.) We always enjoy when you stop by the purple hearts – but even more, I love getting a chance to see the word pictures you paint – you have a gift with cadence and word choice

27. Kris - October 21, 2007

thanks for stopping by… rather unexpected since i was editing the poem as you commented. i look forward to reading more of your poetry.

28. iamsorceress - October 22, 2007

Hey there, Jason. Thanks for dropping by my blog and for leaving a comment. Hope to bump into you around here somewhere again. Cheers.

29. aubreynicole - October 22, 2007

i feel full of wonder at the moment, thank you.

30. bphearts - November 13, 2007

I just saw this about which poems I like. Hmmm. . .Not surprisingly sometimes it depends on my mood when I read them. A lot of those I like have a wonderful cadence to them or word flow.

Let me pick a few. I really like this week’s ‘Fling’ and ‘Eager Lips.’ — also, ‘kelly to come’ — I think the poem that had me coming back was ‘salacious glances’ – great rhythm. And before that you had ‘freshly cut grass’ – don’t laugh, but it made me think of a childhood home.

Anyway, I’d love to see you post more of your novella idea. Keep writing.

31. Denise - November 20, 2007

You are a wonderful poet. You somehow scare me. But in a good way.

32. D - December 9, 2007

i’m new to the whole blog thing and quite new to poetry and writing so im still finding my way, my poetry is’nt to everybodies tastes, but i like it :) and i am very happy that someone has read something i’ve done and related to it in some way, thanks.


33. Samir - December 9, 2007

Nice poems !

34. moriahjoy - December 15, 2007

Beautiful way with words.

35. Cendrine Marrouat - March 29, 2008

hello there,

I only read a few words from you, but I can sense potential! I will definitely come back to read more.

36. Amanda Sanz - June 10, 2008

Stopping by to say hello. Hope all is well.

37. briaq - October 3, 2008

Yay, I’m so glad you’re back posting. I’ll be stopping in again.

38. Amanda Sanz - January 12, 2009

Happy New Year! I hope to see more of your work soon.

39. Amanda Sanz - February 12, 2009

Hello Jak, hope all is well with you. I still need to find more time to write again, hope you take the time to stop by.
Happy Valentines

40. justjaneen - February 3, 2010

Your poetry is very inspiring, your words flow so effortlessly and create a story in the minds of the readers. You are definately gifted

41. thoreyo - May 3, 2010

Hey, I like your poetry. Crisp and neat.

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