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Just a hint
Tom Montag


Just a hint
of straight green lines

in the warming fields --
only a farmer

or a farmer's son
can see them.

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.

Post New Comment:
I'm sure whatever you choose t do when you grow up with benefit those of us who love words...As a loquacious writer, I deeply appreciate your conciseness.
Posted 03/12/2011 08:25 AM
Gary Busha:
So much said and implied in so few words, is the reason this poem works. Good to see Tom's work.
Posted 03/12/2011 07:01 AM

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