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Postcards is a chapbook of 24 short poems, one poet's part of a group project.
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Postcards is a chapbook of 24 short poems, one poet's part of a group project.

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Starting from Petrarch. . .

 

 

at midnight in winter

overcast with forgetfulness

my ship reels & rocks

between rocks

the rough sea allows me to glance

only with a gasp of terror

my soul (is it friend or foe?)

captains this drenched vessel. . .

 

& then, a memory

my grandfather

who survived at least two shipwrecks

says to me,

"I told my crew, don't worry

about whether you can swim,

just keep your head above water"

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About Bill

My first poem was published in Paper Pudding in 1972, a Sonoma County literary magazine.  Moved to San Francisco in 1973, was one of the original members of the Bay Area Poets Coalition in 1974 and helped create their Summer Solstice & Autumn Equinox Poetry...

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Published Reviews

Feb.27.2010

This present collection of poems covers the period 1972 to 1995, hence the title Suburbs of My Childhood. His opening poem ‘The Pursuit’ proclaims: ‘I come to/this life to leave my fingerprints.’ Which he...

Nov.28.2011

When you make a book of poems and inhabit that book with the presence of angels, you better know "from which you speak."  Bill Vartnaw has made such a book, and he speaks to us from a place deep with...