What greater gift, to be carried with grace / to be curious, clear, and inspired by each / beating heart, breathing soul from the reaches of time/that revels in nature’s deep and pulsating rhymes?

To be carried by grace to a loftier place? / To inspire, give insight, to teach and amuse? / Served by fingers and feelings that fly like the birds / to rhythms, to pictures, or well-chosen words?

A loftier place guides the whole human race / to a happier place in the elegant web; / what greater treasure could anyone choose / than to have, and to be, a generous muse?

—“Generous Muse” by Kristen Caven, 6/12/16
for inaugural issue of Generous Muse


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& Libretti

Shoes, a Mirror, and a Big Pink Rose is a trilogy of musicals about young women with princess-like problems.

Added Lyrics

Invocation with Franz Liszt

Olympic Theme lyrics

Folk Songs

Joaquin Miller (went walkin’) is a sing-along anthem for naturalists, poets, students, and hikers of Oakland’s hills.


ninety nine thousand,
nine-hundred ninety-nine….
Who will write the millionth?”
—John Baumgardner

The last time I saw my grandfather, he was ninety something and working on his second-to-last (I hope?) poem. He was a tragic character…childhood head injuries, alcoholism, assholishness… but an inspired one. (Joaquin Miller reminds me of him…) John married another creative, Luella Dehn, who died in childbirth. I will write about them someday.