I took some time yesterday to look over my list of 'to visit' webpages of work by local working writers. I found a lovely poem by William Reichard of my home town on the writer's almanac site on the archived broadcast for December 30 at http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org/p … 007/12/24/
and some work and blogs that are charming by local writer Jack Hays on http://jacksonhays.com
and good fresh writing on the Coffee House Press and Mid-List Press websites.
I was reminded that everyone wants someone to read their poems (me too), but too often we solipsistically neglect to read new work being published right at home, so to speak. It's easy to find the work of national figures like Rita Dove or Donald Hall or Billy Collins, and too easy to neglect the work of fine small presses.
I resolve in the new year to be a less passive reader, and to go to the trouble of reading neglected work.
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