State University, Mankato
230 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001
M.F.A., University of Montana,
A.B., San Diego State University, 1975
English 344 Beginning Poetry Workshop
English 647 Contemporary Poetry
English 649 Teaching Creative Writing
English 649 Teaching Creative Writing (online)
English 444 Advanced Poetry Workshop
English 448 Contemporary Writers
English 644 Poetry Workshop
Director, M.F.A. Program in Creative
Other Americas, Blueroad Press, 2010
Radioactive City, Bellday Books, 2009
The Untested Hand, Backwaters P, 2008
Persons We Have Known, Eastern Washington UP, 2000
The Invisible Wedding, U of Missouri
Toward New Weather [chapbook], Frontier
Award Committee, 1978
Where We Are: The Montana Poets Anthology
SmokeRoot P, 1978
Recent poems in Basalt, CrazyHorse, Field, Indiana Review, and Stand.
Recent fiction in Weber: The Contemporary West and Chariton Review.
Recent creative nonfiction in Brevity and The New Ohio Review.
poem in the head is always perfect. Resistance starts when you try to
convert it into language. Language itself is a kind of resistance to
the pure flow of self. The solution is to become one's language. You
cannot write a poem until you hit upon its rhythm. That rhythm not only
belongs to the subject matter, it belongs to your interior world, and
the moment they hook up there's a quantum leap of energy. You can ride
on that rhythm, it will carry you somewhere strange. The next morning
you look at the page and wonder how it all happened. You have to triumph
over all your diurnal glibness and cheapness and defensiveness."
"A poem is a serious
joke, a truth that has learned jujitsu."
"Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation."
“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body…”
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