Today's poem is "[Emerson said, "Every word was once an animal." Re: bunny.]"
from Indigo

Red Hen Press

Ron Koertge (pronounced Kur-chee) was born April 22, 1940 in Olney, Illinois to William Henry Koertge (deceased) and Bulis Olive Koertge. He is married to Bianca Richards. Koertge received his BA from the University of Illinois and his MA from the University of Arizona. He taught English at Pasadena City College from 1965 to 2001. Koertge is the author of many books of poetry including Fever, Sex Object, 12 Photographs of Yellowstone, The Hired Nose, The Father Poems, The Jockey Poems, Men Under Fire, Diary Cows, Life on the Edge of the Continent, High School Dirty Poems, Making Love to Roget's Wife, and Geography of the Forehead. He is also the recipient of an NEA fellowship in Literature (Poetry) and a California Arts Council grant (Poetry). Koertge’s work has been included in Best American Poetry (1999).

Books by Ron Koertge:

Other poems on the web by Ron Koertge:
“'Do You Have Any Advice For Those of Us Just Starting Out?'"
Three poems
"Seven Brides For Seven Brothers"
"First Grade" About Indigo:

"Pop the cork and savor these sparkling ghazals. Ron Koertge, brash and sassy Californian, makes this ancient form all-American and irresistably new."
—Charles Harper Webb

"Ron Koertge is the most consistently entertaining and dazzling poet around. Guzzle on these ghazals until you are punch-drunk. These poems will intoxicate you, make you dizzy, make you wish you would have written them!"
—Denise Duhamel

"Ron Koertge's contemporary ghazels overflow with nimble wit and imagination. Enjoy this generous tribute to an enigmatic and remarkable ancient, poetic form."
—Dorianne Laux

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