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If I Were
Tom Montag


Perhaps I would
hurry if I were

where you are.

© by Tom Montag.
Used with the author’s permission.



Tom Montag was raised on an Iowa farm. Wondering how he ever came to poetry resulted in his memoir about growing up, Curlew Home. His collection of essays called Kissing Poetry’s Sister examines the writing life and being a writer; The Idea of the Local is essays about people and place. Middle Ground collects Montag’s earlier poetry, while The Big Book of Ben Zen keeps all those more recent poems from the Ben Zen series that he wishes to preserve. Montag posts a short poem every workday at his blog, The Middlewesterner ( With Peter Pizzino, he co-wrote Peter’s Story, about growing up in Milwaukee’s Italian Third Ward during the 1920s-1930s. Montag is at work on a long-term project about the middlewest entitled Vagabond in the Middle ( He writes lyrics for, and plays bass with, the folk/new roots group, Doc Abbick in Trinity ( Though he retired at age 55 from a career in the printing industry so that he could write full-time, he still doesn’t know what he wants to do when he grows up.


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Something to think about from any age. I am retired. I am hurrying.
Posted 06/25/2012 09:20 PM
Short, sweet and honest. Helen P.
Posted 06/25/2012 02:49 PM
Gary Busha:
Perhaps . . . but maybe not. This is a beard puller for me.
Posted 06/25/2012 08:01 AM
Marilyn L Taylor:
Enigmatic, thought-provoking, very Tom Montag!
Posted 06/25/2012 07:42 AM
No, I would take my time to listen to each word that came to my mind ...
Posted 06/25/2012 07:05 AM

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