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Two Nocturnes on Arnold's "Scholar Gipsy" By BJ Omanson
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Two complimentary poems ("On Port Meadow near Oxford" and "Embers of a Gypsy Fire") inspired by Matthew Arnold's pastoral elegy, "The Scholar Gipsy"— written in... More > the same stanza, and describing the countryside outside of Oxford along the upper Thames at the close of day. A meditation on mortality.< Less
Old Locksley among the Ruins By BJ Omanson
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A long meditative poem describing an old man’s final days living in solitude in a decrepit stone manor as cold as a crypt. He divides his time between library and garden where he... More > "considers and contemplates the melancholy decline of the year,” watching the falling of leaves, and succumbing to reverie as the ivy winds slowly around ankle and knee, and autumn gives way to the darkness of winter. ~~ If that sounds like a prescription for nostalgia, it isn't. Old Locksley is fully alive in the present, but it is a present profoundly steeped in the past, where to be alive is to be haunted. ~~~Color illustrations throughout on high-gloss paper.< Less
Stark County Poems: War and the Depression come to Spoon River By BJ Omanson
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The poems in this collection, drawn from Omanson's rural midwestern heritage and shaped by the regionalist/naturalistic tradition of American poetry, were written over a period of some thirty-five... More > years. They first appeared in such literary journals as Shenandoah, The Hudson Review, The Sewanee Review and the Academy of American Poets anthology series, New Voices. Born four days after the death of Edgar Lee Masters, BJ Omanson was raised in the Spoon River valley of Stark County, Illinois, where his father, both grandfathers and several great-grand-fathers had farmed since the mid-nineteenth century, and where members of his family still farm today.< Less
The Tower at the Edge of the Wood: Bois Belleau Seventy-five Years After By BJ Omanson
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Night after night through heavy shellfire, Alpheus Appenheimer, a private with the 6th Machine Gun Battalion, 4th Brigade of Marines, hauled ammunition to front-line positions of his company with a... More > 4-line mule-team and wagon during the fiercest fighting at Belleau Wood. ~~~ For years after the war, Alpheus hoped to return to Belleau Wood with his wife, America, to show her where he had served during those desperate days and nights in June, 1918, when a single brigade of Marines stood against the German drive on Paris. But the realities of raising a family on a small Illinois farm during the agricultural depression of the 1920s made a trip to France all but impossible, and it was not until seventy-five years after the war that the first member of Alpheus's family was able to make the pilgrimage to Belleau Wood for him. ~~~ A single poem composed of 14 irregularly-rhymed sonnets, "The Tower at the Edge of the Wood" was originally published in Sparrow: A Yearbook of the Sonnet.< Less

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