American Life In Poetry
October 29, 2020
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...