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American Life In Poetry


October 29, 2020

American Life In Poetry

BJ Omanson was raised near the Spoon River in Illinois, site of Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology, and he has compiled a fine book of poems in Masters' tradition called Stark County Poems, published by Monongahela Books. Most of them are too long for this column, but here's one that I like very much that fits our format.

Nowhere to Nowhere

When they sold off the farm she took the child

and caught a bus out of town-as for him,

with everyone gone and everything grim,

he opened a pint of bourbon, piled

pictures, letters and clothes in the yard,

doused them with kerosene, struck a ma...

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