Archive for June, 2009

A FAVORITE POEM: “Parkersburg” by Mark Halliday

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Here’s a poem David Vick shared with me years ago. David knew I was from the Parkersburg area and that I’d appreciate it.

It’s a poem called “Parkersburg” by Mark Halliday. Since back in the 1990s sometime, the poem’s become somewhat ubiquitous on the Internet.

Since 1996, Halliday has been at Ohio University where he teaches creative writing. His fifth book of poems, “Keep This Forever,” was published last fall by Tupelo Press. “Parkersburg” is from an earlier book called “Jab” from the Phoenix Poets Series and published by the University of Chicago Press. To see the way the poem should look, exact line breaks and all, go to where you can even hear Halliday read the poem.

POEM: “Ghosts of Lobelia” by Neal Krakover

Thursday, June 4, 2009


I’m publishing this poem by Neal Krakover of Pocahontas County, W.Va., as a .pdf to preserve the exact line breaks and spacing. Click here to read a .pdf of the poem. Thanks, Neal, for sharing your poem with MountainWord readers.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Quick clicks about poetry from around the internet:

More about the Oxford poetry slur.

PM of India mourns poet’s death.

Poetry trivia: Salt Lake City has a Rumi club.

Poetry podcast: Most recent W.Va. Writers Friday show.

Top 100 poetry blogs.


Monday, June 1, 2009

If you liked “Stand by Me” at Playing for Change (above), you’re going to love Episode #9.

Now that summer’s just around the corner, I tend to walk off the path, take the exit ramp on the way to wherever I’m going…. got this in an e-mail today: NEW EPISODE #9 NOW UP AT PLAYINGFORCHANGE.COM … Here’s something to inspire you on a Monday morning…. These videos, especially Episode #9, is saturated with amazing poetry:

Click here to see and hear the new episode of Playing for Change.
Click here to go to the intro to Playing for Change.