And, if you want to know more, go read his bio page.
I can also tell you he makes beautiful jewelry.
Here’s a sample of his poetry:
scents his prey. Dances under starlight and howls
a quarter mile away. Chills the forest
a blacker black. You blink. Listen. Stare.
The pulse of your empty house skips a beat.
In the barn, the horses nicker and kick.
The mare is ready to foal. She’s sick
with fear, panting, soaked in sweat.
So you lace your boots and snipe out there
toward the yawning ache of the hungriest
need in you to face whatever prowls
with cleft foot, claws, or Satan’s bark.
Just beyond the fence line you find the track.
Yours are acres the wild wants back.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kim Baraby Hurtle, Montana Arts Council
MONTANA POET LAUREATE NOMINATION FORMS NOW AVAILABLE
The Montana Poet Laureate is a position created by the Montana legislature, which recognizes and honors a citizen poet of exceptional talent and accomplishment. Applications for the state’s next Poet Laureate are due Friday, April 29, 2011 at 5 p.m.
In 2005, Sandra Alcosser became our first Montana Poet Laureate and served for two years. Greg Pape was selected as the second Poet Laureate in 2007 and he served through the summer of 2009. Henry Real Bird was selected in 2009 and will serve into the summer of 2011.
The Montana Arts Council encourages nominations of poets from all walks of life, and all poetry forms are welcome. Montanans may nominate a poet for the Poet Laureate position, or learn more about eligibility requirements, the application process and the Poet Laureate program at: http://art.mt.gov/resources/resources_plposition.asp
The term of service for the position is for two years and the award is honorific. The Montana Arts Council will convene a panel of poets and literary experts, among others, to select three finalists from among the nominations. These names will be submitted to the Montana Arts Council for approval and finalization. The Poet Laureate of Montana will then be chosen by Governor Schweitzer from among these nominees in the summer of 2011.
The Poet Laureate will be chosen on the basis of three criteria:
•Excellence as evidenced by the submitted poetry samples.
•Exemplary professionalism as evidenced by an established history of substantial and significant publication and special honors, awards, fellowships, or other recognition.
• Advancement of poetry in Montana communities.
For further information, please call or email Kim Baraby Hurtle: (406) 444-6639, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A friend called today to say she’d been to see the Student Art Exhibit in the State Capitol Rotunda, which we’d helped Lt. Governor Bohlinger arrange for National Arts and Humanities Month.
She mentioned one poem in particular that had struck her, and how she’ll remember it for a long time to come. I thought I should share it.
The moon’s gate swings wide.
A woman steps between the open doors,
leaves falling, orange and red, at her bare feet.
Hair white as rabbit’s fur wraps her.
She reaches toward the Earth,
fingertips swirling the clouds below.
here breath chills the ground as the sky
fills with icy flakes, each a crafted star,
a gift from the moon.
Her lips, blue and frozen,
kiss the lakes and ponds.
Frost crawls across the waters.
Snow covers the mountains.
Big Sky High School, Missoula, Grade 12 I realize I can’t share all of the poetry and the artwork
from: Signatures From the Big Sky 2010,
or the amazing array of work from local Helena schools, but I hope this small representative collection of the talent of Montana’s youth will inspire each of you to visit the rotunda before the end of October.