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William R.


Champaign, IL

Member since:

July 10, 2013

What do you hope to get from these meetings?

Feedback, reading experience. My two weaknesses are 1.) getting out of my own head; and 2.) navigating the publishing process. I think a group of writers might help with either of those issues--at very least they will help with getting me out of my head.

What was the last poem (published/written in the last year) that you read? Where did you find it?

Some Words by Dayna Patterson at Wilderness Interface Zone.

Who is your favorite poet? Who is your favorite living poet?

At this moment I would say I appreciate the work of Charles Simic the most, with Louise Gluck or Mary Oliver as close seconds. I grew up with Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Poe, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Walt Whitman, TS Eliott, Dylan Thomas, etc. I have a special regard for e.e. cummings.

Verse or not to verse - that is the question - how do you feel about rhyme, meter and form?

I have written on both sides of that question. I like hidden rhymes, freer forms, looser meter more than I like strict form with end line rhymes.

Do you have a blog or website related to your writing you would like to share with the group? What is it?

My formal education gave me a rich background in language, literature, and history. I sidestepped getting a degree in English or Creative Writing because at the time that choice was made, I did not value such things as much as I had in the past, but I have always had, as John Adams put it, a poet in my pocket, even when I was not actively writing.


I write poetry, short stories, non-fiction (Russian and military history), 2 still-born novels. Teaching is my day job. Born/raised near St. Louis. Married to Mary. We have 4 kids. 25 years in the area.

What William R. is saying about this Meetup Group

Absolutely delightful.


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