BONUS! April Poetry Month (Day 30): Woodland Pattern Co-Founder Karl Gartung

[April Poetry Month 2015 Table of Contents]

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Karl Gartung was born in Liberal, Kansas in 1947. He received a B.A. from Hastings College, in Nebraska, in 1969, and married artist Anne Kingsbury in 1970.

In 1976 he was hired to run a small press bookstore (Boox, Inc.) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Gartung says this was the beginning of his serious apprenticeship to contemporary literature. In 1970 he was a co-founder, with Karl Young and Anne Kingsbury, of Woodland Pattern Book Center. His publications include Now That Memory Has Become So Important (MWHP Books, 2008).


Minerals

Minerals
wipe the sink
constantly
hands and fingers
protect the earth
bit of the blades

“How do you do to an agate?”

Put it away run
along the highway
washing in
progression
rock and language

a couple of notes
by the sink I
hear at home sort
the dishes pots
and pans wavy notes
an air from across

the river

for Lisa Fishman

10-12-13
Blackhawk Island

Knot

what he
said no

one
understood

him

[April Poetry Month 2015 Table of Contents]

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