Today's poem is "What I Learn Weeding"
from Famous

Bison Books

Kathleen Flenniken’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Iowa Review, Mid-American Review, Southern Review, and Prairie Schooner. Coeditor and president of Floating Bridge Press, a publisher of Washington State poets, Flenniken has taught poetry through Writers in the Schools and other arts agencies.

Other poems by Kathleen Flenniken in Verse Daily:
March 16, 2005:  "The Sound of a Train ""I first heard it in the mornings...."
July 23, 2004:  "Sea Monster" "We've gathered the experts to sound the loch..."

About Famous:

"There's a winning surface modesty here: it isn't Abraham Lincoln who merits the poem, but his oft-maligned wife; not Edna St. Vincent Millay, but her stay-at-home husband; not the Taj Mahal, but the everyday International House of Pancakes. Still, in Flenniken's hands, these occasions rise toward urgent news—as when, in 'Shampoo,' the memory of a mother's declining health soulfully becomes one with the headline about a submarine's sinking—until the leastmost of us are transformed, poem by poem, into the famous."
—Albert Goldbarth

"Unpretentious, self-effacing, earthy, funny, and wise."
—Peggy Shumaker

"Exploring the external trappings of contemporary life as well as the internal cadences of a mind that wants at once to be ‘shocking and irresistible,’ Kathleen Flenniken takes us into the slipstreams of fame, where our daily dramas play themselves out in the ‘wild uncoded rhythms’ of the imagination."
—Judith Kitchen

"There’s a consistency of voice and diction in Famous that satisfies and a carefully rendered emotional core to the poems, which quietly surprises."
—Stephen Dunn

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