Today's poem is "Damaged Enough"
from Bum Cantos, Winter Jazz, & the Collected Discography of Morning

Blue Light Press

Rustin Larson's poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry East, Saranac Review, Poets & Artists and other magazines. He is the author of The Wine-Dark House (Blue Light Press, 2009) and Crazy Star (selected for the Loess Hills Book's Poetry Series in 2005). Larson won 1st Editor's Prize from Rhino Magazine in 2000 and has won prizes for his poetry from The National Poet Hunt and The Chester H. Jones Foundation among others. A seven-time Pushcart nominee, and graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing, Larson was an Iowa Poet at The Des Moines National Poetry Festival in 2002 & 2004, a featured writer in the DMACC Celebration of the Literary Arts in 2007 & 2008, and he was a featured poet at the Poetry at Round Top Festival in May 2012.

Other poems by Rustin Larson in Verse Daily:
February 20, 2013:   "The Philosopher Savant Again Dreams of War" "Insurgencies on boundaries of garden..."
September 15, 2002:  "The Gerbils" "Happily busy in the middle of the night..."

Books by Rustin Larson:

Other poems on the web by Rustin Larson:
Two poems
Five poems
Six poems
"One Cup of Tea"
Seven poems

Rustin Larson's Blog.

Rustin Larson's Website.

Rustin Larson on Twitter.

About Bum Cantos, Winter Jazz, & the Collected Discography of Morning:

"Challenging a reader's perspective while remaining accessible, direct and vulnerable, Rustin Larson magically turns the routine into the extraordinary. His ability to craft memories, whether shaded, flickering or luminous, entices readers of Bum Cantos, Winter Jazz, & The Collected Discography of Morning to linger, examine and encounter the significance of seemingly routine lives. Larson elegantly uses detailed, sensual images, chiming rhythms, and well-chosen, well-placed words to evoke layers of thematic content. Rustin Larson's poems entertain and inform while examining the many facets of the lives we endeavor to accept, enjoy and use for good purpose."
—Michael Carrino

" Larson writes like an angel, but one who's willing to work both sides of the street."
—John Peterson

"Like Odysseus, Larson has been trying to find his way home, or at least to redefine that home. Larson's vehicle for his journey is the process of writing itself, which he has dedicated himself to and which he knows can be both circuitous and serendipitous. But the writer who pursues his craft, like Odysseus who pursues the journey home, must have patience... the poet and his journey are one."
—Stephen Schneider

"Each poem in Larson's book is packed with as much detail as a short story. The narrator often alludes to literary works, famous as well as infamous people, easily identifiable locations on the globe, and renowned historical events that either relate to the poems thematically, or place the memories in history for the reader. The poems do not adhere to any one form, but rather, they take form as their contents require. Larson's writing style is multifarious. -Stephen Page, Buenos Aires Herald From moment to moment, Larson is surrealistic, Proustian, stand-up-comedy funny, dead serious, sad, ecstatic, deadpan. In Larson's multitude of stories and modes, there's always some layer of the writer concerned with craft, with metawriting... Write on, Rustin, write on."
—Vince Gotera

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