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Tuesday, June 15, 2010


by Scot Siegel

after a letter to DC

If you could read my mind you would know
there is something intrinsically good and beautiful
about holding a book in your hand; and this goes
for fiction, autobiography, horror, poetry, or whatever . . . 

If I were king for a year I would start a poetry press
and pay the authors handsomely; I would do all the marketing,
distribution, and book tour arrangements for them. Together
we would bring poetry back to the front pages of the daily

newspapers, after restoring real journalism and reviving
the papers themselves . . . Next we would bring poetry back
to the schools, real poetry, contemporary-political-love
poems about the earth and the real human condition . . .

and then they would have my head.

Scot Siegel lives in Oregon with his wife and two daughters. He is the author of three volumes of poetry: Some Weather (Plain View Press, 2008), Untitled Country (Pudding House Publications, 2009), and Skeleton Says (just out from Finishing Line Press). Another  full-length collection is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in early 2012. Siegel serves on the board of trustees of the Friends of William Stafford and edits the online poetry journal Untitled Country Review.