Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2019, has published 20 collections of poems and edited or co-edited three poetry anthologies. He currently directs two master’s-level programs for University College at the University of Denver: Professional Creative Writing and Arts & Culture Management. Joe lives with his wife, Melody Madonna, in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, the city where he was born.
Thanks Jeff and Pat! Yes, Pat, this came almost whole, mostly while the buck was hanging out under my window…..
Late to the party, but yes, what a fine poem, fine reading of it and pleasure doubled by knowing it was one of those gifts, so rare to appear.
I just re-found this email and came back to this poem. It is lovely.
Thanks, everyone, for your kind and generous comments. As for the audio, I’m always struck by how different my voice sounds in my head than “out in the world.” Glad it doesn’t seem a disservice to the poem, which was one of those “given” things. Always a pleasure when those kind arrive….
Beautifully written, Joe.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard your voice over the long friendship we’ve shared all these years and now finally here it is, such a lovely voice and poem. Thanks so much for sharing it.
unguarded mindfulness — wonderful to ascribe that state of being to the more-than-human as well as oneself.
You gave me a moment of sweetness. Thanks.
Beautiful–and with audio! This would be a great poem for Bristlecone. ; 0 )
Lovely poem, shades of Stafford without the bloodshed.
That’s a poem that takes the reader into its images and its place. “Mindfulness” is so needed…
Beautiful poem, especially when recorded by the poet so we can listen to his voice.
Wonderful poem. Thanks for sharing.
A fine poem, Joe. Thanks for sharing with us.