Poetry Review: “Chicago Poet” by Carl Sandburg

In honor of National Poetry Month, MontanaWriter is featuring poems about poets, poetry, and writing poetry.  At the half-way point of National Poetry Month, moisture has finally come to the North Country. The much drier than normal winter and early spring have … Continue reading

Poetry Review: “Depressed by a Bad Book of Poetry” by James Wright

In honor of National Poetry Month, MontanaWriter is featuring poems about poets, poetry, and writing poetry.  Here in the North Country, the juncoes have moved north and red-winged blackbirds are singing again in the cattails. A warmer than normal spring has become suddenly … Continue reading

Poetry Review: “Ars Poetica” by Archibald MacLeish

In honor of National Poetry Month, MontanaWriter is featuring poems about poets, poetry, and writing poetry.  Poets end up writing a lot about poetry and poems because in the end they write about the things they know best and feel most passionately … Continue reading

Poetry Review: “How to Be a Poet” by Wendell Berry

In honor of National Poetry Month, MontanaWriter is featuring poems about poets, poetry, and writing poetry.  Wendell Berry is a writer and an activist. He has written novels, short-stories, essays and books of non-fiction on subjects as varied as farming, economics, politics, … Continue reading

Poetry Review: “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins

In honor of National Poetry Month, MontanaWriter is featuring poems about poets, poetry, and writing poetry.  Poetry is “taught” in most of our schools completely wrong. The emphasis is on discovering the “hidden meanings” of a poem. The result is that while … Continue reading

Richard Hugo, Revisited

In the category of, “Yet Another Thing I Wish I Would Have Thought of”, University of Montana Journalism student Annela Rova combined photographs with recordings made by local Montanans reading poems by the late Montana poet Richard Hugo to create a great … Continue reading

Book Review: “The Dyer’s Hand” by W.H. Auden

This is the seventh book review in the series “Poets on Poetry.” Reviews of books in this series can be found at“Poets on Poetry.” More than any poet, I associate Auden with mountains because that is where I first seriously … Continue reading