A few years ago I wrote a story inspired by John Haines titled “A Walk in the Woods With John Haines”. As his words and thoughts continue to provide guidance over the years, I return to this piece and update the images and feelings to reflect the experiences that have defined me.
I have been writing about the character of “Joline” since 1993 mostly through many, many poems. Earlier this year, I started on a screenplay that ties together real-life experiences, some people I have known, and a storyline that emerged from the poetry. In completing the outline and determining locations, a lot of it will be based in Alaska, and Haines in particular. Below is a photo form Haines that is providing am anchor for the beginning.
I first learned of John Haines while taking a class at the Loft Literary Center a few years ago. From the first poem I was hooked. I have every book of his, some first editions, and one signed that I was fortunate to find.
Mr. Haines also wrote many essays about nature, the world at large, and his view from a small rustic cabin located outside of Fairbanks, AK.
Mr. Haines was born on June 29, 1924 and passed away on March 2, 2011. I sadly never got the chance to meet him in person, but continue to read his books and write pieces about him and be inspired by the raw, simple, and powerful pieces he created.
I am particularly fond of “Owl in the Mask of the Dreamer” for poetry and “Fables and Distances” for his essays.
Below are his most easily found books on Amazon.
Sitting at Caribou reading and writing about the trip to Haines, Alaska. I’m in the transition period of small town simplicity, back to the perceived reality of home. Missing the remote wilderness and the daily activities of camping and kayaking in the Lynn Canal.