Featured Poet: Scott Coykendall, Wentworth
Scott teaches professional and creative writing classes at Plymouth State University where he is a member of the English Department. With his wife and two daughters, along with various cats, dogs, fish, and chickens, he lives and writes in Wentworth, NH.
Of his poem, Scott writes:
A mutual friend, John Gilgun, emailed me a few years ago and asked me
to write a birthday poem for our friend Jeff's fortieth birthday. Jeff and I
had had a lot of great times, but I don't do occasional poems very well.
I sat to write down about a road trip and lightning strike that we had
been involved in. It was one of our favorite stories. But the war in
Iraq was starting, the television was still showing the twin towers
falling every night, and I was having a hard time excluding the world
around me from my poem about this comic moment. And, in truth, Jeff WAS one the first people I called the night of 9/11. Finally, I surrendered
and let the world into the poem. No one has asked me to write a birthday
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