#150 Backstory of the Poem
Things that might work their way into something else but just didn’t fit here.
This is a poem about visiting a place that only exists in memory. I hope the language communicates my subjective sense of this place.
At the end of the poem, there is a line about the creek swallowing children, and I vacillated between saying “my” mother, which is very personal, and “a” mother which is more in line with the mythology the poem evokes. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted the poem to go in that direction or not, and I still can’t.
I invite readers to tell me how they read the poem differently, if at all, with that single word change. I certainly think of the poem differently depending.
I Will Tell You Where I’ve Been
Recent work has also been selected for New Poetry from the Midwest (New American Press) and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize from the St. Louis Poetry Center. In 2019, his poem "Goodbye, Sancho Panza" was chosen as part of the curriculum for the World Scholar's Cup. It has been studied by tens of thousands of students worldwide.
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