It’s not too late to ask your local or student newspaper to start running this column, or to add it to your own publication. There are two levels of permissible use, with publications only needing to register online (it’s easy); personal use/classroom use need not register.
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In addition so seeing so many of my favorite poets in this project, I have also discovered many new voices. I was also pleased to see two of my friends and colleagues featured: Jeff Vande Zande for his poem “Clean,” and Rick “Anhinga Rick” Campbell, of Anhinga Press, for his work “Heart.”