Dick Bakken

Swat River – Rabia O”Loren

EXAMPLES OF TINY POEMS

 

LAGOON

Unseen, women

bath shyly—lovely

breasts, floating

sea turtles.

 

HOUSEBOAT

As I dream

a snail slips across

 

our floated window all night

tracing the moon.

 

LIGHTNING

Rain rolls off

the heron’s back into

 

this stream that flows on

through a flash of fins flying

 

over your dinghy.

 

Author biography:

Dick Bakken was the first person allowed a creative MA thesis in English at Washington State University, a volume of his poetry (1965). His “Song” was displayed across the USA in the initial Poetry on the Buses, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (1979). Among other honors, he won third place in the Billee Murray Denny National Poetry Award (1989), a $5,000 Artist Projects Grant from Arizona Commission on the Arts (1992), second  place in the Mark Fischer Literary Prize of Telluride’s Community Art Center (2003), and the Bisbee Idol First Place Trophy for rapping his original “A Fish in School” (2010). His work is published in Greatest Hits 1967–2002 (Pudding House Publications), 100 American Poets against the War (Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design), and New Poets of the American West (Many Voices Press), among others.

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