Poetry of Kansas

Table of Contents

iii     There Are Many Poems Needing Writing
viii   Preface
ix     Introduction
x      Acknowlegements

Part I. The Great Outdoors

  2   Alpine Dawn
  3   Cloudburst
  4   Lifestream's Sonnet
  5   Autumnal Sonnet
  6   A New Leaf
  7   Passing of Night
  8   Addendum To Browning's "Pippa Passes"
  8   Moment
  9   The Big River Land
10   Prince
10   Summit
12   Spring Comes to Ouray
14   Drought
16   White Collar Lament
17   The Cold Rider
23   Rain on the Cimarron
24   Flint Hills Pastoral

Part II. Mostly About People

26   Reversion
26   Quick Cure
26   Why Farmers Have Crooked Necks in the Early Days of Summer
30   Contemporary Lincoln
32   Night Watch
33   Little Hank
35   Soliloquy on Troops on a Rainy Evening
40   "Livin'"
45   Friendship
46   A Workman's Song
47   Whose Death Did Them Part?
48   Just for Coffee
50   The One-Chair Barbershop
53   Sonnet (Portugese)
54   Our Garden
55   Father to a Young Son
56   Do You Know Who I Am?
58   The Crowded Man
60   There's A Baby in My House
61   When God Dies, Everything Dies
62   Lesson for the Day
63   Lines Written on the Back of a Receipt at a Laundromat
65   Kindred Spirit
66   Dissertation on Homo Neanderthalus
68   Jesse Martinez
71   The Quest
76   The Gauntlet

Part III. Of Flying and Crawling Things

79   Owed to a Mosquito on My Wrist
80   The Ant
81   Ode to a Midge
82   Cricket Tracks
83   The Turning of the Worm
90   Kitty and the Lubber
91   Expectations
92   Carpet Critter
92   A Kansan's Prayer
93   Gas Warfare
94   Cicadas
94   Blue Damsel
95   The Spider

Part IV. Whimsy, Silliness, and Experimentation

97     Battle of the Wind
100   Imported Junk
101   Rationalization of Procrastination
            (or Writer's Cramps)
102   Art of Literature
103   Reply to a ProfessorWho Waked Me During Lecture
103   Criticism of Hypocrism
104   Overpossesiveness
105   The Himmicane
107   A Writer's Faith
108   Revelation
108   Aberration(s) I through X
112   Any Ol' Sky
113   The Demise of Francis Bacon
114   Fly-Lethal
114   A Rustic Poem
115   Oh, Patsy! My Patsy
117   Family Trait
117   Our Beat Fish
118   A Maritime Tale
118   A Lesson from Humpty Dumpty
119   Lines Thunk upon Being Served a Grotesque
         but Popular Concoction at a Public
         Luncheon
120   Christmas Is Icumen In
121   A Negative Lesson in Teamwork
122   An Egg
123   Chronicle 1971
123   The Cat
123   The Meowl-Odious Cat
124   The Widow's Darling Cat
125   Which or That
126   Super Cow
127   Trivial Pursuit
129   Hot Weather
129   The Buzzard
130   A Met Det Boquet
130   Education
131   'Izorcists
131   To a Baby
132   Gourmet Pup
132   On Ogden Nash
133   Miss Post, You Mind Your Business
                  and I'll Mind My Manners
134   Act One, Scene One:
135   For Whom Doom?
135   The Chipmonk
 

Places and People
Don Mock
(Manhattan, KS: Soapweed Press. 2003)
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Used by permission of the poet

 
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